It is truly amazing how quickly the brain-gears are greased by a good book or seven. The more I read other people's stories, the more I know my own.
I keep a notebook and/or laptop handy for notes during times like these because the ideas, they are a-poppin'. Which means I'll be starting revisions on my manuscript soon. Which means I'll need help. (Non-writers, you may wish to move on at this point.)
So here's what I'm looking for (and honestly, I don't know if I'll find it here). I need me a critique partner or two.
Here's what I mean when I say critique partner. I need another young adult writer who is actively writing toward publication. I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with self-publishing, but I plan to pursue traditional publishing, so I'd like someone familiar with that road. If that someone has completed at least one MS draft, so much the better. Most importantly, I write fantasy* (mostly contemporary, some high), and it often has some violence in it. If that isn't your particular cup of Darjeeling, it would be best if we didn't hook up.
And hooking up is indeed the goal. I mean, there won't be any naughty bits involved or anything, but I'm looking for a long-term relationship. I know that doesn't always work out; still, the intent is there. I'm looking for someone I can get to know well enough that they won't be shy about pulling out the Febreze when my writing is stinking up the room. Someone who's willing to call me on bad pacing, poorly developed characters, and giant plot holes in plain, clear, oh-hey-this-part-sucks-and-here's-why language.
And I will do the same for you. Anyone for whom I've read will tell you, I'm a detailed feedback-giver. I will give you more than you know what to do with. It's possible you will hate me for it. Also, I like genres of all kinds, so it's not necessary that you write fantasy, only that you like to read it. Contemporary, sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc., etc. It's all fine by me.** Humor is a bonus.
So that's it; that's what I'm looking for. I realize this is a long-shot, but it's as good a place to start as any. It's possible I'll ultimately have to take my plea to Absolute Write or the Blueboards. Maybe Critters. I'm okay with that, but I figured I'd canvas the neighborhood first.
What say you? (If you have nothing to say on the topic, please feel free to post about whatever you like. Comment Free-For-All!)
*I sometimes dabble in contemporary and sci-fi as well. Just so you know.
**Unless it is your goal to educate/inspire your readers via your religious and/or political views. Then I'm afraid that's not my cuppa.