I’m part-way through day two of the revision retreat, and it’s been a fantastic experience so far. Our theme is “Rising From the Ashes,”–in case you were wondering about the title of this post–and we got cool phoenix T-shirts to go along with it.
Friday night I met my critique group for the weekend, two other YA writers, Sara Thomas and Lauren Thoman. They’ve both done a great job providing a fresh perspective on my manuscript. Sometimes I understand my world building so well that I lose perspective on what I’ve actually explained and what I haven’t. They’ve called me out on that, and my writing will be much stronger once I incorporate their suggestions.
I’ve also loved getting to know other writers during our meals and breaks. My roommate, Gail Nall (who also blogs with her writers’ group) is a middle grade author with her first book, Breaking the Ice, coming out next spring from Aladdin. She’s had great insight into the critique process and even figured out how to turn the heater on in our room when the temperature dipped too low last night.
I just received my written critique from Sam Bagood of Adams Literary, and she included a good mix of encouragement and some good suggestions for where to heighten the tension and emotion in the piece.
Dinner is in fifteen minutes, and we’re trying to beat a huge group of college students also retreating here to the cafeteria. I’d better jet. More later.