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Novel feedback

September 21, 2014

Five of our eight members are writing novels and we’re struggling with the best ways to give feedback for these longer works.

Three of us have decided to submit chapters along with a preamble to remind the readers of what’s happened so far. We invite comments on the usual questions–what works, what doesn’t, are the characters vivid, where do you jump out of the story? We present chapters as they are written–usually first draft. If there are particular issues that we are grappling with (sequencing of events, point of view, back story) we ask for specific feedback. What we are not ready for is copy-edits or comments about the finer points of style.

Two writers have vowed to present outlines–one “high level” and one detailed. Outlining is hotly debated by authors who either always do or never do outlines.

Does anyone else have experience with workshopping novels in a writing group?

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