Kim Kasch on The Importance of a Good Critique Group

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Kim Kasch and she talks about the importance of finding a good critique group and how it can lower your chances of rejection by an agent and/or publisher. Lets get to know her…

small-meName/Pen name: Kim Kasch

  1. When did you first know you wanted to writer?

I was one of those people who was always writing. I sent my first manuscript to Random House, when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I can’t actually remember how old I was because it was that long ago. And, of course, I got my first rejection letter. So life for me, as a writer, starting sucking while I was still in grade school ;D

  1. What inspired you to write?

Life. I still hear someone say something about their life and I think, “that’s a story”. I’ve written magazine articles about all sorts of everyday things from gardening to my kids running cross country. It’s true, everyone has a story to tell. It’s also true that there’s a big difference between nonfiction writers and fiction writers. Non-fiction writers tell true stories and fiction writers “tell lies for money”

I’m joking…sort of ;D

  1. Are you a planner or pantster?

Totally a pantser. It’s the way I live my life. I fly by the seat of my pants all the time…

  1. Which of your works is your favorite? Why?

Hum, that’s a hard one. I’d probably have to say one of the stories I wrote about my kids. But that was an article for a magazine. If you’re asking about my favorite novel, it would probably be my first one: The Viking Princess, because it was the first time I didn’t suck as a writer…or at least the first time I didn’t get a rejection letter ;D

  1. Would you say your stories are plot or character driven?

Usually my stories are plot driven but with life-like characters. I know, that’s kind of cheating for my answer but that’s just who I am…because I’m a fiction writer now ;D

  1. What do you take with you on vacation?

Usually my husband ;D oh, you mean as a writer…

I always take my laptop, or at least a good notepad because you never know when that muse is going to speak…usually at 3:00 a.m.

  1. What’s your motto as a writer?

It’s the same one I live my life by, “If we were all the same, life would be boring.”

So, I never try to copy another writer’s style. I try to have my own voice.

  1. What’s your next project or what is in your future?

Oh…I’m always working on two or three projects at a time. Did I say I was a pantser ;D yep that’s the way I live my life.

Any information you would like to share about yourself

         I love to write ;D

Now for the good stuff…

REJECTION SUCKS

More than an old Frank Longella Dracula movie, we want to avoid sucking, especially as writers. But how do we avoid rejection?

Here are 3 easy tips that will help you avoid rejection in the future:

  • Join a critique group;
  • Start a critique group; and/or
  • Go to a critique group session.

Are you beginning to see a pattern? If not, let me help you out with a simple math equation you can apply to your life as a writer.

  1. Critique groups are the best way to help perfect your craft, which will make you a better writer;
  2. Better writers get rejected a lot less.

A + B = C.

  1. Writers, in critique groups, lives suck less than writers not in critique groups.

So, how do you get hooked-in, linked-up, or connected with a good critique group?

Here, are three easy tips to help you:

  • Join a critique group through your local writers’ group. Such as the SCBWI, if you’re writing or illustrating for children. You can check out this link to see one example of a critique “conference”:

https://oregon.scbwi.org/events/the-great-critique-january-2017/

  • But there are others. If you’re a member of the Romance Writers of America RWA or any other large writing organization, check with your organization to see if they hold critique sessions.
  • Check out your local library. Many offer writer’s groups and you’ll after a visit or two if it’s right for you.
  • If you don’t have the ability to attend an in-person critique group session, you can always join an on-line group. Here are a few links you can check out to see if you should belong to a cyber-critique group.
  1. http://oregon.scbwi.org//?page_id=174 (This one you have to be a member of the SCBWI, to access the on-line critique group list)
  2. CP Seek – as in “Critique Partner Seek” http://ash9.com/cpseek-com/

There is an advantage, in my opinion, to the in-person critique group sessions.

  • You make new friends and it’s easy because you start out with something in common (writing and usually reading) so you have built in conversation starters.
  • Most critique group sessions start with a meet and greet opportunity. People sign in, get their nametags, etc. and mull around with a cup of coffee while they enjoy a snack or two.
  • You can “read” your critique group members’ expressions and get a good “feel” for how they react to your story. Of course, if you are doing a google group or skype critique session on-line, this won’t seem like any advantage at all.

If you still have questions about how to get hooked-up, linked-in or connected with a critique group, please put your questions in the “comments” section and I’ll do my best to find you the answer.

morgaine-le-fay-and-the-vikingHere’s a little bit about my latest book:

Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking, The Viking Series: Book I

Published by Midnight Frost Books

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/Morgaine-Fey-Vikings-Kimbra-Kasch-ebook/dp/B01L88QPTW

THREE reasons to read a Viking Romance:

  • Ragnar;
  • Lagertha; and,
  • Rollo

MORGAINE LE FAY AND THE VIKING is a tale of extraordinary lives and epic adventures. This tale weaves the legends of Holger Danske and Morgaine Le Fay together.

Theirs was a romance that threatened two kingdoms.

An attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin:

MORGAINE LE FAY AND THE VIKING.

Everyone has heard of King Arthur and his magical sword, Excalibur, but there’s another legendary hero who received a magical sword from the Norse Goddess known as The Lady of the Lake. Meet Holger Danske and his sword “Cortana”.

The Vikings, led by Holger Danske, invaded England. Yet somehow, even as enemies, Holger and King Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine Le Fay, shared a forbidden love…

This is their story…

Travel across oceans, continents and countries to discover the story of legendary Viking hero, Holger Danske, and his magical romance with King Arthur’s half-sister in Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking

This is the story of two warriors who never thought they’d find love, especially on the battlefield, yet standing poised against each other Morgaine and Holger face an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.

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