First Critique

29 Oct

Well, the votes are in after Tuesday night’s grilling at the Faber Academy and I’m happy to say, so far, so good.  It was a fairly frightening and exhilarating in equal measure for people to do such a close reading of the first 1200 words of my novel. 

One of the main points that came out was that I have to vary my pace a bit, depending on what I am writing about, and I think this will be really useful as I carry on through the first draft and on to the second. 

I was really useful to hear people talk about my characters as if they were real people, discussing what may or may not have happened to them, and giving their theories.  In the past few days it has helped me to focus a bit more clearly on my character arcs and make sure that they are believable. 

The discussion also highlighted in my mind connections that I have put in the novel subconsciously, and have led me to look  at them and how they work in a more analytical way.

We have our first all day session tomorrow, which I’m excited about.  It includes a session with Alan Bissett ( ) and a chance to dissect the work of some of the other Faber attendees.  Think I might need a stiff drink my the end.


One Response to “First Critique”

  1. Julie Gray October 29, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    good for you Colette. Well done.


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