Don’t be Scared: Working with a Critique Partner is Awesome!

One of the best parts of being a writer is working with other writers! Diana has been one of my critique partners for nearly a year and she’s helped me get through Draft 3 of The Girl in The Glass Coffin! She’s also been helping me with Draft 4 and polishing it up!

Read a little bit about my critique partner and learn about our process of how we work together and the benefits of having a critique partner (or CP).

Meet my CP!

Name: Diana Tierney

critique partnerMy current project: It’s called Woman in Red and its an historical fiction piece on Anita Garibaldi. Writing this has been a fascinating journey. Anita is one of those underrated historical figures where the legend is threatening to over take the reality.

My favorite genre to write: Historical fiction i feel like i am a bit of an anthropologist constructing an actual character from the historical clues.

My favorite genre to read: I like books with strong female leads primarily but historical fiction is my absolute favorite to read as well.

My goal for 2015 is: To actually finish my book!

Check out Diana’s Blog!!!

Follow her on Twitter!

And on Instagram!

The idea of sharing your writing with a critique partner can be scary, but it can also be an amazing experience! Check out what Diana and I have to say about working with a CP!

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What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello and happy Wednesday! What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday is my weekly feature where I talk about what’s going on in my bookish life (mostly reading, writing, and blogging). This feature is my own spin on WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words and My Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found!

Let’s get to it!

What I’m Reading this Week…

I just finished…

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The Diviners by Libba Bray. I first read this book way back when I started this blog, already being a fan of Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy. See that review here. I must say that I love The Diviners even more the second time around. The characters were so layered and had quirks, flaws, and dark secrets. As some people in my book club have mentioned, I was kind of disappointed in the lack of wrap-up on some of the character’s stories. However I am so excited for the sequel to come out next month and will probably be reading it this fall. Continue reading

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello friends! It’s Wednesday and time for me to catch you all up with what I’m reading and writing this week. What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday is my own personal spin on WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Another great Wednesday feature is My Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found. Check out both of their awesome blogs!

What I’m Reading….

I just finished…

Fairest by Marissa Meyer and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. I will do a book talk for my YouTube channel about Fairest. Hollow City was a really fun read that picked up where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off. I liked this book just as much, if not more than the first book. To me, it felt more urgent and action packed and we got to know the characters a bit more. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday- Authors I've read the most books from

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Yay for Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly feature is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish, one of my favorite bookish blogs! Each week, we have a different theme, this week is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From. I don’t know if I can do this justice really, but I shall give it a shot. Continue reading

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Yay it’s Wednesday! Time to chat about what I’m reading and writing this week! What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday is my weekly feature, based on WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking On A World of Words. Another great Wednesday reading meme is This Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found!

What I’m Reading…

I just finished…

Miss-PeregrinesMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (finally). I liked this book a lot, but it took forever for me to finish. I’m going to chalk that up to the fact that it was a re-read for me. I usually don’t trudge through re-reads though. Continue reading

Ten Fairy Tale Retellings I've Read/ Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a really fun one (in fact I’ve been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks now) Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings I’ve Read/Want to read. Retellings are incredibly trendy right now, and I have to say that I’ve caught the bug too. I’m going to split this up between retellings I’ve already read, and those I’d like to read.

Top Fairy-tale Retellings I’ve Read

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I’m going to include all three books that are currently out in this one. I love the fresh spin that Meyer gives to the characters and their stories.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

a-court-of-thorns-and-rosesThis is one that I read last month and I adored it. I hope to do a discussion about it on my Booktube channel this month!

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Monday Musings: What do you listen to when you write or read?

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One of my biggest inspirations when I write is music. It can help evoke a particular emotion for me, put me in the writing mood, and even help drag me out of a writer’s block.

However, I find that I usually can’t listen to music while I write, especially music with lyrics. If I listen to music while I write, I usually find myself singing along out in lala land (which isn’t hard for me to do). Continue reading