Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Becky Levine is one of those blogging authors that you just know is kind in real life. When I saw that she's just finished her draft of her latest book--and that book was about critique groups--I knew I wanted to pick her mind, and she very graciously agreed! Her book, The Writing Group Survival Guide will be out through Writer's Digest press in January of 2010.
Becky has been writing for many year, always with critique groups. Besides this nonfiction writing aid, Becky also writes nonfiction for children and young adults. Her most recent project is a YA historical novel about a young woman in 1913 Chicago just before the suffrage march on Washington, DC (I'm already interested, aren't you?). Additionally, she's working on a couple of picture books and a chapter book. Her website, located here, is where (in her words), "I try and share constructive ideas about critiquing and writing, and all steps on the writing path." Her personal writing blog, located here, is where she focuses on her own writing projects and dreams.
On to the interview!
Could you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
Why did you write your book?
Who would most benefit from it--I assume, obviously, writers, but writers at what stage in their writing or career?
In your experience or research, what were some of the most surprising things you learned about writing groups?
What are a few characteristics of writing groups that work?
What are some things that writing groups should avoid?
Do you believe that all writers can benefit from a writing group? Why/why not?
You call your book a "Survival Guide." Is it more about how a writer can survive in a writing group, or about how writing groups themselves can survive--and thrive?
Any final thoughts you'd like to leave us with?
Just a reminder: Becky's book is due out January 2010 from Writer's Digest. Be sure to order a copy!
And...THANK YOU BECKY for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us!