Critiques 4 U

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I don’t know about you all, but I love to critique. Maybe it’s being able to help others with their trouble spots. Possibly, it’s my mutant writing gene that makes the revision stage my most favoritest part of the process. Maybe it’s my inner four-year-old reveling in the knowledge that I’m not the only one who needs help. Whatever the motivation, I do love to critique, but because of all the stuff I’ve got going on, I don’t get to do a lot of it these days.

But there’s this old saying: necessity is the mother of invention. What does this mean? It means that I’m creating my own opportunity to critique. And you guys are the guinea pigs beneficiaries.

Every month or so, I’ll post a call for first pages. If you’re working on something (no erotica, please) that needs fresh eyes, leave a comment. I’ll randomly draw 3 commenters from the 24-hour period that follows and post the winners in the comment section. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll give you my feedback.

So when, as Disney likes to say, does the magic begin? Well, there’s this other saying: There’s no time like the present. What does this mean? I think that’s fairly obvious. Anyone who’d like a first-page critique, please leave a comment including your name, the working title of your WIP, its genre, and the intended audience. On Wednesday, I’ll announce the winners and we can let the games begin!

About BECCA PUGLISI

Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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Kinza Sheikh
Kinza Sheikh
5 years ago

Hehehe…. Found this website in the right time 😀
I am writing a fantasy, its working title is *drumroll please* “Asdhaa Chronicles”
(Asdhaa is Persian word for dragons)
My intended audience is YA, even teen will do.

Julieta Wolff
Julieta Wolff
5 years ago

Thanks for this!
title: The Devil’s smile
genre: fantasy fiction
audience: new adult

:Donna Marie
5 years ago

I won’t be participating, but am really looking forward to enjoying what comes! 😀

Laura Gross Smith
6 years ago

I know the contest is closed, but next time you do this would you consider critiquing a blog? I always need constructive feedback, makes me a better writer. Thanks

lidy
6 years ago

I can’t believe I missed this. Next month I’m going to enter this contest for sure.

Shah Wharton'
6 years ago

Hell yeh! I’m up for this 🙂

Title: “Finding Luna”
Genre: paranormal mystery / urban fantasy
Audience: Adults / New Adults

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Janet Smart
6 years ago

I’d love to win a critique – if I’m not too late to enter. Thanks!
Title: Duck and Cover
Genre: historical middle grade
audience: middle grade kids

Auudrey
6 years ago

Title: Love As It Seems
Genre: Romance
Audience: Adult

Jacquie Biggar
6 years ago

Would love this opportunity,
Title: Jared
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Audience: Adult

Addy Rae
Addy Rae
6 years ago

This is lovely of you! I’ll have a try. 🙂

WIP: Working title just ‘Fear’. I don’t actually title until complete.
Genre: YA Apocalyptic (NOT dystopian)
Audience: Young Adults and Adults (since a lot of adult women read YA)

Rachel S.
6 years ago

Title: THE MOSTLY UNWILLING SPY
Genre: Action-adventure
Intended Audience: Upper MG (6th-8th graders)

Thank you so much!

Melanie Marttila
6 years ago

What the hell, she says, putting on her big girl panties . . .

Title: Initiate of Stone

Genre Epic Fantasy

Audience: Adult (protag is youthful but content is not)

Virginia Pilegard - writing as Rebecca Abby

Such a deal! I’m posting your contest on my FB page for writing friends.
Title: “Dances with Butterflies”
Genre: mystery/romance for inspirational market
Audience: Adults

Joan
Joan
6 years ago

WIP: Willow Lake (Working Title)
Genre: Suspense
Audience: Adult

Terry Gene
Terry Gene
6 years ago

WiP: Matryoschka Sarah
Genre: SciFi Romance
Audience: New Adult to Adult

Amy Mills
Amy Mills
6 years ago

Thanks, Becca, for your time! What an awesome thing to do!
Title: The Cure
Genre: Soft Sci-fi
Audience: Young/new adults

Janet Hartman
6 years ago

Title: American Gold
Genre: Mainstream Historical (may end up Women’s Fiction)
Audience: Adults, particularly those interested in their ancestors coming to the US in the early 20th century.

Even if I’m not chosen, thank you for offering your time to us.

Liz Masterson Searle
Liz Masterson Searle
6 years ago

What a nice offer, Becca! Thanks!
WIP: You’ll Forget Me When I’m Gone
Genre: Magical Realism
Audience: Adult

Anastasia
6 years ago

Hi Becca! How exciting (and frightening) haha.
Here’s my deets:
Title: Bloodlife
Genre: supernatural/Sci-fi
Audience: Adult

henya
henya
6 years ago

What a great offer!

WIP: Stolen Truth
Genre: Thriller
Audience: Adult

Tamara Meyers
Tamara Meyers
6 years ago

Thank you for your generosity! Of course, I hope I’m one of the blessed few, but even if I’m not, I know how precious time is and really appreciate your offer –
I’m terrible at titles, just calling it “Golden Dreams” (set in 1849 gold rush)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audience: Adult

Jennie Atkins
6 years ago

What a great idea!
Work in Progress: Unconditional Love
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Audience: Women

Barbara Rogers
Barbara Rogers
6 years ago

Hello. Pick me, pretty please!

Janet Evans
Janet Evans
6 years ago

Thank you!
WIP doesn’t have a title but I refer to it as the Pheala book.
Genre – fantasy.
Intended audience – YA

Traci Kenworth
6 years ago

Sounds like a plan!!

Nicole Zoltack
6 years ago

What an awesome offer!

WIP: Jessamine Rose, Monster Hunter
Genre: Steampunk
Audience: Late Teen to Adult

E.Arroyo
E.Arroyo
6 years ago

The Animate – YA sci-fi / dystopian

Thanks.

Aften Brook Szymanski
Aften Brook Szymanski
6 years ago

Struggling with this very issue right now. I feel that my first pages are too wordy and I’ve lost the magic of character by over expounding. I really hope the character sounds her age and not eleven years old…

Aften Brook Szymanski
Title: Break Up Protocol
Genre: Mystery *clean with humor
Audience: college students