Solving Writerly Problems: Landing a Character’s Age, Volume #001

So excited to launch this new series from The Critique MD: Solving Writerly Problems. As regular readers know, here at The Critique MD we recommend against using rules as the main content of critiques. Instead we recommend that critiquers build a treasure trove of techniques that can help their fellow writers (and themselves) resolve both the big and the small issues that can crop up in the process of creating a story. We fondly call these issues Writerly Problems.

A writerly problem can be anything. Something as big as off-kilter pacing of an entire novel to something as small as how to creatively sneak in a description of a character in first-person point of view without having the character look in the mirror.

In this series, we will identify a particular writerly problem and then give an example from a reference text of how one author (awesomely) solved that particular writerly problem. The goal is to inspire you as a critiquer to build your own sample set of techniques that solve particular writerly problems from your favorite authors and books, so you have even more examples to share in the critiques you give. And double win, those techniques will be super useful to you as a writer as well.

Here is the link to this volume’s reference text: Jason Reynold’s Ghost.

Do you have a favorite example of an author landing a character’s age creatively? Add it to the comments below. And if you have a particular writerly problem that you want us to cover in a future volume of Solving Writerly Problems, drop that in the comments as well. 

Onward in kindness,

Christine Carron, The Critique MD


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