Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not to Rewrite Your Novel, But…

lightbulb2 How many members of your writer's critique group does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: Five.

One to implore you to "Raise the wattage."

One to say the darkness is illuminating just the way it is.

One to question the light bulb's true motivation.

One to brag that her aunt's neighbor's light bulb got an agent with its first query.

And one to "suggest" you should completely re-wire the entire house.

 

Got any to add?


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15 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love it!

Haven't had too much experience with critique groups, but I'd add:

One to talk the whole meeting about what snacks to bring for the next light bulb installation.

Elizabeth

Margot Kinberg said...

....and one to look at you blankly and say he hasn't really had time to look at the light bulb, but will...real soon. ; )

DebraLSchubert said...

Though electricity is important (just ask my dad, the electrician!), I'm with Elizabeth. Let's talk chocolate!

Mason Canyon said...

One to remind you how lucky you are to have electricity because back in their day .....

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Do I detect a note of disharmony? Or should that be unhappiness? No, maybe disgruntlement is better? No...

Best Wishes, Galen.

Alan Orloff said...

You guys have chipped in some great additions. Now I know where to turn when I need some gag writers for my Channing Hayes series!

For the record, my critique groups have been splendid. No disharmony, unhappiness, or disgruntlement. Only support and love!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'll add my two cents:

One to stare at the light bulb and ask what's the light bulb trying to say? Why do you want them to screw in a light bulb? Why not light a candle? They're unsure of the significance of the light bulb.

However, there's always the one who's still focused on the light bulb from last time and we can't really move on until that bulb is well and truly discussed.

cassandrajade said...

One to remind you that by not turning on the light you could save x amount of green house gases.

I like that about peple though. Even if you don't take their suggestions they always add new perspectives to consider.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I love this! There could be the one member that insists you replace all the regular light bulbs with "green" florescent ones in order to be more relevant.

beckylevine said...

Since I'm writing a historical, how about one to ask you if there WERE lightbulbs back then?

Lorel Clayton said...

Love it! Of course, "Raise the wattage" is almost always the best thing to do. I'm not in a group, but that's the role I'd probably fill.

suecreative said...

One to tell you that needing a lightbulb screwed in is still a better problem to have than having no lightbulb at all.

Annette said...

Have you been eavesdropping on my group???

Alan Orloff said...

And the hits just keep on coming!

I guess most of us have been in critique groups...good thing we don't have any people like this in ours, huh?

Stephen Parrish said...

Perfect.