Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#IWSG - We're talking Pet Peeves and SWAG in here! Don't miss it!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group and Show us Your Writer Insecurity

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The awesome co-hosts today are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

The August question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

Hi guys! Happy IWSG Day! I'm writing quickly this morning before I have to go to work, so forgive the short post! Hope you're all enjoying the summer. We are trying our best around here, but it feels like its slipping away fast. My son is upset because I've already started to invest in school supplies! :)

I have a HUGE pet peeve while editing. Well, when someone gives me their edits of my work. Don't touch my dialogue. No one speaks for my characters, but my characters. I know there are times when things need to be fixed, but just tell me what to fix, not how to fix it.

I must be horrible to work with. :) All growly and stuff. How about you guys? Got some peeves you want to share?

Check out the exciting news below before you go!!

July 27 was the very first IWSG Twitter pitch party, #IWSGPit. And it was a huge success!

Thanks to all who participated in or promoted the #IWSGPit Twitter pitch party. It was an incredible success – there were 2300 Tweets and we were a trending topic. The IWSG team learned a lot and the next #IWSGPit in January will be even better. Now that we’ve established ourselves and the site is a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Site for Writers, there will be five times the amount of publishers and agents watching the feed. Thanks again for such a successful event! - Alex

On August 24th at 2:00 pm EST, Chrys Fey will be participating in a LIVE YouTube interview with Evan Carmichael, an entrepreneur who she'll be interviewing about his book Your One Word and getting some great advice for IWSG members. You'll be able to watch the interview live HERE. You can set a reminder if you click on the link, or you can watch it later.The video will be uploaded in the August 30th IWSG newsletter issue.

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  1. I ever edit your stuff, I won't touch the dialogue.

  2. Fascinating post, Heather. Shall look out for the repeat of this twitter pitch. Good to be back blogging again.

  3. Hope your critique partners know that about you.

  4. Dialogue is personal and individual depending on the character. Unless it's something out of character, it shouldn't be changed. Or if that character really just needs to get to the point and stop rambling.

  5. Agree about the dialogue. The writer is the one hearing them and it's up to that writer to bring their voices to life.

  6. LOL. I get what you're saying. A valuable editor/critiquer will tell you something isn't working and their immediate reaction to what's on the page, not fix it for you. Suggestions are okay, but only the author knows the right fix, eh?

  7. LOL - I'm rather protective of my dialogue as well! :)

  8. I don't think I've ever had an editor mess with my dialogue but I don't think I would like it.

  9. Lol, I get "growly" too. Funny :)

  10. Sounds like you're a bit of a mama bear with your characters! I've had others suggest changes where they're going on a bit or repeating themselves, but yeah, actually putting words in their mouths isn't right I think.

  11. I too hate it when someone thinks they know my characters better than I do. Growls and a few cuss words follow. LOL

  12. I agree about not changing dialog. Sorry I missed the Twitter pitch party. Looked like a huge success.

  13. Ha! I probably wouldn't want my dialogue changed, either. It's one thing to suggest a change, another to actually do it.

  14. Changing a dialog is a NO-No for most writers.

  15. I totally agree! Some of my writer friends like to rewrite my dialogue. It's weird because then they don't sound like my characters. I don't rewrite their dialogue? I just smile and move on. And unless it just doesn't sound realistic, I don't think you should touch how characters say things.

  16. Oh yes, I'm protective of my dialogue too. Growly is allowed for that! :)

  17. Dialogue is personal.
    You know best because you hear the character voices, with all their peculiarities, in your head and need to transfer the voices to the page.

  18. I don't think I'd appreciate anyone trying to change my characters dialogue either. The rest of the story would be fair game for editing, no matter how critical. Have a great night! Eva


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