I’m really excited about joining an online critique site. I’m impressed with the writer’s profiles I’ve seen so far and I’m confident I’ll find a good critique partner to get my project off and running (again…)
I have a BA in English, BM in Elementary Music Education, and a Master’s in Library Science with an emphasis on youth services. I’ve got a 20 month old and I’m pregnant with my second son (due in March).
During undergrad, I took a creative writing class which introduced me to critiquing and I loved every minute of it. I also took creative writing in poetry in graduate school and did a great deal of critiquing there as well. I’ve also critiqued longer works for a friend of mine, who is on her third novel of a paranormal romance series.
My critiquing training was pretty simple: point out the really awesome things and always give specific feedback on how the writing could be improved. I point out nick picky things like grammar and awkward sentences, but more importantly, I consider the over all structure of the story, development of characters, and setting. I will be thorough but enthusiastic in critiques. I never say, “I don’t know. It just doesn’t work.”
I started writing my middle grade’s fantasy novel about dragons (more on my profile) in 2008, finished it once in 2009, realized it had huge plot holes, tried to finish again in 2010, and here it is in 2011 and I haven’t touched it in a year. The thought of delving in again is very discouraging because I’ve read it so many times all ready. It’s just a blur when I pick it up. I still think the story and characters have a lot of potential and I am determined to finish it. I’m just in desperate need of help!
My absolute first love was Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons (The Enchanted Forest Series). She writes fantasy that pokes fun at traditional fairy tales. I enjoy also Rick Riordan, Jane Austen, Robin McKinnley, Terry Brooks, some chick lit, and (being a wife and mommy) helpful non-fiction on marriage, raising rowdy small people, and birth. I really just love reading.
I’m currently a published writer at http://www.wisegeek.com . I’ve done about 250 articles on various non-fiction topics like fashion, education, food, and arts and crafts. Just go to wisegeek and search for Judith Smith Sullivan to find some of my work.
Once a month, I write a humorous advice column for a small publication called U.P. Magazine. You can find them here: http://www.upmag.net , but in order to see my column you have to do a lot of digging. Find the subscription button, click the latest mag to view a sample, and flip around (don’t zoom in until you find my column!) to find Ida Clare. That’s me.
I can’t wait to start reading and critiquing. I really enjoy the process, I love helping other authors, and I really need someone to help me in the same way.