The writer’s hiatus

Good morning,

I have once again neglected my little baby known as my blog.  She sure has grown at times all on her own, and yet she needs that tender caress of the tapping keyboard.  The reason for my hiatus isn’t really as care free as it sounds. I have recently found this amazing website to help me out in the process of writing my query.

What has this site done for me? Well several things.  For one, I received marvelous feedback from a group of aspiring writers ranging from the novice to the experienced. This has helped me greatly with my pitch. It has also lent much support through the form of critique. Those that felt compelled to write a comment left me with the belief that there was something there that drew them in. Most posts don’t see the amount that I had received.

Second, I gained a new found friend from the “other” coast.  This young man, Austin, lives in California and writes science fiction. Through the chat room we were able to connect on a different level when it came to our writing. Since then, we have been going back every single day about our books.  I continue to feed him chapter after chapter of my book, while he does the same for me.  This has been the main thing that has drawn me away from writing in my blog.

So I ask, Is this really a bad thing?

Some say that a true writer writes everyday.  I feel that sometimes the writer needs to take time to critique other’s work so that they can apply those same critiques to their own work.  Just in the past two weeks that I have been doing this, I feel an intense increase in my ability to spot issues with sentence structure and many other little things. At this point I am only halfway through his book LEGACY and I intend to read the entire work giving my unprejudiced advice and opinions. They can be juicy and down right sacrificial, but he loves it, and so do I.

I have received other requests to review work in addition to Austin’s, but I may have to take the straight road back to my book. My editor has finished and sent me the result, but I still have yet to look over it greatly. My baby still awaits, so until next time I bid you adieu.

Caleb A. Mertz


Posted on October 7, 2010, in thoughts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. That’s great! Awesome find with that website. I may have to get an account on there once I have a ms critiqued to my satisfaction.

    You should also check out Query Shark. Agent Janet Reid critiques queries and posts them to her blog there where other people can comment, critique, and offer suggestions. If you get your query featured there, you can revise it for another go around until you get it right. It seems like AgentQuery Connect does much of the same, but it might be nice to get that other opinion. You can also use Query Shark to see what other people have done and learn from their mistakes, as well.

    Hope everything goes well for you!

  2. You know the old sayin “Good things come to those who wait” well i dont mind waiting. i know it will be great. hugs!

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