Critiques 4 U

How’s it going out there? We’ve reached our equilibrium in the Puglisi household and are making things work. It’s hard to wrap my brain around the idea of the kids not going back to school until August (if then, Lord help us), but what can you do? We’re adjusting and finding our new temporary normal, and I hope you are, too.

Have you found time to write? Are you working on anything that could use some feedback? A first page, maybe?

(contest closed!)

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 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 morning. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. 

We run this contest on a monthly basis, so if you’d like to be notified when the next opportunity comes around, consider subscribing to our blog (see the left-hand sidebar).

Best of luck!

Before You Go….

Angela has a webinar coming up on May 4th that you might be interested in.

Hidden Emotion & Subtext:
Making Dialogue Crackle with What Isn’t Said

Characters aren’t always forthright; what they say and what they feel can be very different. This can be challenging when it comes to conveying hidden emotions to readers, so Angela will explore ways to show (not tell) what’s happening under the surface when your characters are trying to hide what they feel and think.  

If you need help showing character emotion & subtext, this $10 webinar may just be your best friend. And don’t worry, if you sign up but can’t make it live, a recording will be sent to you.


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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34 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. Alrighty, everyone! The random generator has spoken, and the winners for this round are Helia Rethman, Susan Policoff, and Erin McKnight.

    Stay safe and sane everyone! I’ll see you next month :).

  2. Helia Rethmann says:

    Yes, please! I’d adore some feedback.

  3. Thanks for this awesome opportunity. I’d love your thoughts on my first page!

  4. Erin McKnight says:

    That is amazing! I would love to get some feedback. Thank you so much.

  5. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. I’d love your feedback! ♡

  7. Jennifer Chastain says:

    I’d love to have someone look at my first page!

  8. Susan Grillo says:

    I’m in the process of revising my book. A first page critique would be a wonderful help. Thanks for making this possible.

  9. Rhiannon Meredith says:

    Thank you for continuing to provide great resources for writers, especially during these times! I would love a critique on my first page!

  10. Hey, thanks for the offer.

    I am an empty nester, so no kids running around. That doesn’t mean free time to write, though I wish it did.

    I am currently writing urban fantasy with a female protagonist. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  11. Amber Mae says:

    Yep. I’m excited for the real summer to start!

  12. Annina Luck says:

    Thank you for doing this and I would love to participate with a first page.

  13. Annina Luck says:

    Thanks so much for this offer and would love to participate.

  14. Monika Maslowski says:

    Glad to see so many people writing through the quarantine and hope you all remain well.

    What fun! I’m new to the Writers Helping Writers site and am learning a lot. Would very much appreciate a critique of my first page. I’m not even sure what genre my story is (but it’s definitely not erotica).

  15. Stephanie Ward says:

    This is sweet of you! I’d love a critique on my revised first page.

  16. Nell Anthony says:

    Thank you so much for caring. Yes, I have been coping. I think reading and writing has kept me from going nuts the last few weeks. I’m looking forward to going back to work, but I’m going to miss my extra riding time. Hope all is well and stays well with you and your family.CSA

  17. Stephanie Ward says:

    This is sweet if you. I’d love a critique on my revised first page.

  18. Wyn Snow says:

    Awesome offer to critique first pages! Yes, please. 🙂

  19. Charli Mills says:

    What a great offer, and timely! I started shoveling crusty old snow off my garden and planted seeds in pots in anticipation of life finding its way. Stay safe everyone! And keep writing!

  20. Donna Prince says:

    Beginning…the hardest part! I’ve rewritten my first page at least fifteen times but I think it’s ready for a critique and would love the feedback. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  21. Ane Ryan Walker says:

    Thanks for offering this help. These will be three lucky writers.

  22. Julie Shattuck says:

    Thank you for offering this giveaway. I’d love to have a 1st page critique.

  23. I would love to participate. My 1st page is ready!

  24. K.L. Baxton says:

    Even though this quarantine has made me (and I’m sure everyone else) stir crazy, I’ve been working on a new manuscript and would appreciate feedback on my first page. Thank you so much for offering a critique.

  25. Kim Lightle says:

    Thank you for continuing to do these!
    Stay safe and sane.

  26. Tambrey Granneman says:

    I’m glad things are working out for you. I hope you don’t go too bonkers by August. I would love a critique of my first page.

  27. Almost 2 months of strict lockdown in Spain. It’s been tough but necessary. I even managed to start a new book in my Amamda Travels series. A critique would be welcome.

  28. Karla Diaz says:

    So glad to hear you are coping with the quarantine. Life has also settled into a routine in my house, although my 18-year old is missing prom and who knows about graduation.

    I do need a first-page critique. I think it’s changed more times than I would like. Thank you for continuing to do these contests. It gives life a sense of normalcy.

  29. Susan Policoff says:

    Glad to hear you are coping. After 6 weeks staying home my family is, too, though the five year old misses his friends. Nice to see the critiques continue.

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