First! There have been many great suggestions about opening up the process by which one can have their page critiqued on the blog so that it is not quite as dependent on being in the right time zone and clicking the refresh button seven thousand times and argh will Nathan just post already I’ve been staring at this screen so long WHEN I LOOK AWAY I STILL SEE ORANGE!!!!!
While you have to admit that seeing everything in the color orange is rather awesome, I am going to try out a new system this week. If you’d like to have your page critiqued on the blog on Monday, you now have an opportunity to nominate your page at your leisure in the Forums. All you have to do is paste your page in this thread, and next Monday I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winning page for critique.
Democracy in action!!! Or, you know, luck. Which is just as good, I’m told.
The reading habits of writers is something that always fascinates me. While I think it’s a given that a good writer needs to also be a good and widely-read reader, what types of books are necessary to read?
And especially: do you read in the genre you write? Is this necessary? Is it helpful? Or is it more helpful to read in other genres to see what other people are doing?
What sayeth you? And credit goes to my wife for thinking of this topic. (Whoops! Also Mira posted this question in the Forums a few months back. Synchronicity!)