Critiques 4 U!


Holy moly, you guys. Between the launch of the second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus last week and One Stop’s Character Builder going live the week before, things have been JUST a tad crazy. I’ve been running at full throttle since the start of the year, but I finally feel like I’ve got a little breathing room. So let’s do some critiques.



If you’re working on a first page (in any genre except erotica) and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment. Any comment :). As long as the email address associated with your WordPress account/comment profile is up-to-date, I’ll be able to contact you if your first page is chosen. Just please know that if I’m unable to get in touch with you through that address, you’ll have to forfeit your win.

Two caveats:

▪    Please be sure your first page is ready to go so I can critique it before next month’s contest rolls around. If it needs some work and you won’t be able to get it to me right away, let me ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of.

▪    I’d like to be able to use portions of winning submissions as illustrations in an upcoming presentation I’m creating on first pages. By entering the Critiques 4 U contest, you’ll be granting permission for me to use small writing samples only (no author names or book titles).

Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. Best of luck!

Time Is Running Out…

We have two special items to remind you about that expire at the end of the month, and we don’t want you to miss out on.

1) A free webinar on Using Emotion to Wow Readers–this recording is a gift from us to you, so watch it before month’s end by clicking the link!

2) A 75% off discount for your first month at One Stop for Writers. Yes, you read that right…75% off. As mentioned above, we’ve just launched the hyper-intelligent Character Builder, which is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and we want people to check it out. Click the link to find out more about this tool and if you need them, instructions on how to apply this coupon code: CHARACTER at One Stop for Writers. Cancel any time. (Please note that this coupon can only be used for the one-month plan.)


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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40 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Thanks so much for entering, everyone! The winners this month are…

    Fritzie von Jessen,
    Jane E. Plattner, and
    Jay F. Calhoun

    Enjoy this last day of February. I’ll see you next month!

  2. Kavleen Kaur says:

    Thank you so much for your post. Keep sharing

  3. Liz Charnes says:

    I would love a critique! Thank you!!

  4. Mary Patrick says:

    Oh, wow! This is so exciting, Becca. Thanks for this chance to get a first-page critique.

    M.J. Patrick

  5. Alias GOODIS says:

    It is really a brilliant idea to plan creation of representation of first page. The first page make a page-turner or yawning reader.

  6. Elias GOODIS says:

    It is a brilliant idea to plan the creation of presentation of first page. The brightest advices about writing are of little help if we cannot learn from them how to invite reader in our story and incite him to turn pages.

  7. Jane E Plattner says:

    Sounds great. Thanks.

  8. I’m very much enjoying the Character Builder, and the Second Edition Emotion Thesaurus 🙂

  9. Sue Burrows says:

    A critique would be fantastic. Thank you 😁

  10. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Fingers crossed for a critique.

  11. Sandra O'Grady says:

    Thanks for sharing the love

  12. Sandra O'Grady says:

    What a great idea to share the love.

  13. Beverly King says:

    Thank you for all the help you give writers (and in particularly me).

  14. Tambrey Granneman says:

    YAY! A first-page critique! I’d love to get one! Congrats on your Character Builder and 2nd Edition of the Emotion Thesaurus!

  15. Emma Gaulton says:

    Thank you for your offer to critique, whoever wins will be very lucky. Good luck everyone.

  16. Talia says:

    Oh yay, critiques!! I’d love to win one!

  17. Gwendolyn Ensz says:

    Can’t wait to check out the thesaurus! From everything I’ve seen all the thesauri (thesauruses?) look incredibly helpful.

  18. Judy L Mohr says:

    First page critiques! YAH! Count me in!

  19. Stephanie Wayman says:

    I would love to get your input. Thanks for the opportunity and the wonderful tools you all put out into the world.

  20. Christina Wise says:

    Thank you so much, I love what you guys do and my writing wouldn’t be the same without your resources!

  21. Kristen Howe says:

    Count me in Becca. I love the Emotion Thesaurus and hope to buy the updated version real soon. I love you and Angela!

  22. Yay for critiques! You guys are great. 🙂

  23. Nancy Farrier says:

    Thank you so much for your site. I would love a one page critique. Thank you.

  24. Amy Snyder says:

    Always so much helpful information from you guys! You rock!

  25. Sue Berk says:

    So glad I saw the tweet so I can thank you…and have a chance for expert eyes on my page!

  26. I would love the opportunity to have a first page critique! Your new edition of the Emotion Thesaurus is a huge hit!!

  27. Deb Baker says:

    What a lovely opportunity, Becca. Thank you so much! Count me in.

  28. Sandy Stuckless says:

    I’d love the opportunity to have my first page critiqued!
    Thank you so much, Becca. These resources, along with the Thesaurus library have been game changers for my writing. Cheers!

  29. Thank you for your endless support to our community!
    This is an amazing opportunity!

    Count me in for the critique!! **Crossing my fingers!**

  30. Thank you for offering this service! My manuscript has been gathering dust and it would be valuable to get a professional critique on the first page to reinvigorate my own writing process. You all are aces!

  31. Fritzie von Jessen says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge in your thesaurus. I have them all and they have been very helpful in my writing. Love the latest edition of the Emotion Thesaurus.

  32. Amanda says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! Thank you.

  33. Thank you for this…Please count me in.

  34. Allison Merrill says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise in writing, and for offering the critique. I’m grateful for all you do.

  35. Lisa Fowler says:

    Thank you for these wonderful books, and thank you for offering a critique.

  36. Mary Luce says:

    Count me in!

  37. Susan Poiicoff says:

    Love the new edition of the Emotional Thesaurus!

  38. Katja Rammer says:

    Thank you for the opportunity, Becca. I’d like to join.

  39. Enisa Haines says:

    Just to say thanks for your support of writers, both aspiring and published. The information you so readily share is a blessing, a real help as we strive to improve our craft.

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