Monday, January 30, 2012

A Tangled Guide to Kill Your WIP in 6 Ways (An Introduction)

In case you haven't noticed, we started doing segments on Tangled where each of us talk about the same issue over two weeks. Today starts another. This time we're talking about this thing called death. (And no, that's not what you think it is.)

Every writer has that thing they struggle with when telling a story--whether that's conflict, action, character, or something as simple as structure. It's really important to know what your weaknesses are as a writer so you can be aware of them AND overcome them. That's what our new segment is about. If you don't know what your problem areas are, then those areas have the power to completely destroy book you've written or are writing at this moment.

We're each going to address a unique area that she personally struggles with that has the power to destroy a WIP. And then, two weeks from now, we're going to tell you how to save that WIP by fixing the things that can kill it. But you have to know what you're saving it from before you can save it. We're all really excited about this one!

We need your help. For the next four Fridays, we're going to do crits of your first 500 words. If you want to submit, all you have to do is go here and follow the guidelines. We'll randomly select a person each week and offer up a critique on the opening. We want you to submit--and to get involved with our struggles and connect this week. That's what we're here for.

Speaking of connection, it's time for another Monday check-in. Make sure you let us know
what YOU are working on this week too in the comments.

Christina: I had to rework the last chapter I wrote so I didn't get as much done last week as I wanted. I wrote about 3k in total and hope to get 4k or more done this week.

Danielle: I've completely finished my final(ish) round of edits and now I'm just analyzing every little line, which usually means I'm finished. A final round of readers is looking at the story and while they do that, I'm going to plot out some of my new WIP this week---and I'm very excited about it.

Cindy: I'm working on the same thing and trying to figure out how to be productive. Still making revisions per and brainstorming other revisions for the completed MS and have also been plotting the new WIP I'm working on.

What are you doing this week?! 


  1. I submitted a some of my story for a critique a couple months ago, should I repost it?

    And for me, I think my weaknesses are grammar and spelling for sure.

    1. We have it! :) We haven't deleted any! :)

    2. Awesome! :) Thanks a bunch! :D