Monday, April 18, 2011

It's Time For The Letter O


These come to writers in the form of crits. They can be awesome. They can be dreadful. When you receive these opinions, ponder the good ones, toss out the nasty, unkind remarks. I've had a few of those. One told me a way I could write my novel over again to make it work. Now folks, that one went the way of the delete button. There were some other things she said, but I have pushed them out of my memory. The good ones are constructive, gonna help you make your story better, crits.

Oath. This is a pledge you take. Lenny Lee has one. :-) It is a good thing to pledge to write everyday and to give crits that help, not hurt. (You also haz to take one when you stand before a judge.) *shiver*

Obnoxious. The people who give mean spirited opinions come under this category. *grumble*

Observation. Writers watch other folks all the time. They look at the way people hold their heads while talking and they watch their body language. Then they add it to their books. (They also enjoy listening in on folks conversations.) Purely for study, I assure you. *wink*

Obsolete. The typewriter. *exhales*

office. Where I write my best selling masterpieces. (Of course, even the first thing I ever wrote is a masterpiece.) I'z just waitin' on the right editor who understands my genius. :-)


  1. Oaths are things I utter when I'm out of ideas. Originality - now there's a word to strive for.

  2. These O words are so very true!
    Have a great day!

  3. Yup...everybody's got opinions all right! I like the idea of an oath. I think I need to make a few pledges in my writing.

  4. Good ones, bff! Outstanding = how you look in your shades.

  5. I like what you said about opinions and office. I like what Bob said about oaths.

  6. I definitely agree with the opinion thing, the important thing is learning how to filter that stuff. To learn from the bad, throw out the dreadful, and revel in the good.

  7. Yes I prefer Observation. Much more professional sounding than eavesdropping. LOL!

  8. So my opinion that the Titans rule . . . ?

  9. Observation is so much fun! Opinions help me grow as a writer...I'll add an 'o' word - open door:an unhindered opportunity for progress! Have a wonderful week, my friend. God bless! :)

  10. I better start taking an Oath, my friend!

    I love observing people. I saw quite a few characters during jury duty!

  11. One of these days soon, that editor will recognize the exceedingly cool and amazing genius! I'm sure of it.
    Hugs, amigo friend,

  12. I think you a genius but I am no editor, what do I know. You are funny!

    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

  13. love your 'O' words. Obnoxious...I think that word bugs me most of all!

  14. I like your o's! Great advice about the crit partners and Lenny Lee is terrific :)

    Last week, I pulled out a piece of work I'm going to eventually begin sharing on a new blog. It was typewritten....nostalgia!

  15. I love your "O" words, Robyn! One thing you have to do is decide if the person who is critiquing your work is as good or a better writer than you. That's what you will make you a better writer. I've thrown out a few critiques in my time too. Not enough input is wasted time too....

  16. Well explained the letter O.
    you have done a great job by posting these.

    Leave Letters

  17. Hehehe. I observe all the time! Some people call it being nosey, I say it's all part of learning the craft.

    Ellie Garratt

  18. Robyn, I too am waiting for the right editor to understand my genius. Lets hope we meet that genius soon. *Winks*

    Harsh critiques hurt, but the ones that are constructive and helpful are worth it.


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