Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ode to My Crit Buddy

Just a little ditty I made up tonight to honor my crit buddy. We are so like-minded, yet so different...only God could have brought us together. :) Here's to you.



“Cut this,” she writes. “Stronger without this,” she types.
My novel whittles down.
“Cliché,” she comments. “Purple prose,” she remarks.
My novel tightens up.

“I was riveted.”
I become more confident as a writer.
“Love this analogy! Great imagery!”
I work harder to think of another one.

“Consistency alert! Consistency alert!”
My novel makes more sense.
“Add a beat; lose the passive voice.”
My novel becomes more readable.

“SO much tension! SO good!”
I look for where I can add more.
“THIS IS AWESOME! More awesomeness!”
I smile and feel proud.

“Author/narrator intrusion!”
My novel becomes more about my characters than me.
“Trust the reader. They’ll remember.”
My novel becomes more respectful.

“Love their exchanges!”
I look forward to writing the next one.
“I’ll be your biggest influencer when you’re published.”
I think my dream will become reality.


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12 comments:

Jody Hedlund said...

Sounds like you guys work really well together! What a blessing!

Katie said...

I love odes! Especially when they are dedicated to me! HA! This was too funny. I'm so thankful God brought us together. I thank Him every morning for it. Good luck with that last chapter. I know how hard they can be!!

Ralene said...

Katie, Jeannie makes you sound so awesome...will you be my crit partner too? lol... I'm glad God brought you guys together. I have a feeling great things will come from this partnership!

Cindy said...

What a blessing to have such a dedicated crit partner! I can't wait until WE get to read the story :)

Eileen Astels Watson said...

You know, at first a page crammed with notes used to make me cry. But now, I just shake my head and get to work!

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's a good crit partner! :)

Tess said...

Fantastic tribute -- a good critique friend is an amazing gift :)

Terri Tiffany said...

Great partner to have!!

sherrinda said...

Katies sounds like a keeper! I am sure you are too!

Jeannie Campbell said...

i'm glad everyone likes my tribute. but hands off katie!! she's mine! :)

T. Anne said...

WOW, can I borrow your crit partner? Where did you unearth that gem?

Jessica said...

Awww, that's so sweet. I think a good crit buddy knows how to mix criticism with compliments. Sounds like a great match to me. :-) Love the green, too.