Hey, y'all! How do you like my new blog look? I decided to do a little Spring decorating. Wow have things been crazy and busy here. I'm still in revision paradise with my YA thriller, my airline just officially merged and is now the biggest airline in the world, and Hubby is injured and hobbling around on one leg.
Ahh.. life is good though. Total madness, but good.
I stumbled upon this article on tips for critiquing other people's work and wanted to share it with you. There really is kind of an art to it, and things we should all be mindful of. Personally, I love the opportunity to give feedback, because with each story I critique, I grow as a writer and apply it to my own work.
And without the amazing writers who've critiqued my work, my story's would not reach their top form. It always thrills me to see how each writer has something original to offer. I can have five different critique partners and each one will add something I haven't noticed or considered before.
Check out this article and brush up on your technique, or just be reminded of what's important:
10 Tips for Critiquing
On a side note, a couple of random things I noticed recently.... Hubby and I watched Dances With Wolves the other day and it's been a really long time since I've seen it. It's such a fantastic story and movie ... but what I noticed is that Avatar is Dances With Wolves on another planet in modern times.
I know there are a lot of anti-Avatar fans out there. But I'm not one of them. I love the film... sat through it twice at the theatre and it was an unparalleled movie event. Cinema art, in my opinion. A feast for the eyes. Yeah, I know the story was unoriginal... especially now that I know it was a take-off from Dances With Wolves, but the film itself is so stunning, I'll allow it.
Which brings me to another thing I noticed. After I moved a few months ago, I took a couple days off from everything to recoup. I had a Star Trek movie marathon... it was so great. Anyway, the most recent film Star Trek was a take-off of the original TV series of course, but the story was derived from the Star Trek II movie, Wrath of Khan. Pretty cool. In one scene of Wrath Kirk recaps his Starfleet Academy days, which is the entire basis of the latest film.
Yes, it's also completely useless info, but just thought it was worth noting that sometimes the stories we seek to create are right before us. With a few tweaks and twists, we make them our own.
Ever notice any story take-offs like this? Please share....