Evolution of Critiquing

Just to be clear, this isn't a history of the critique, so I'm sorry if you were expecting that. Critiquing takes different forms depending on how rough or polished the draft is, so I want to walk through the critique and its evolution as the draft moves from rough to polished. First Draft Critique The … Continue reading Evolution of Critiquing

Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Last week, I talked about giving critiques and this week, I want to talk about RECEIVING critiques. In the writing circle I run in, there's a fair amount of critiquing going on and the most common complaint I see about GIVING critiques is the lack of grace on the part of the writer. For example, … Continue reading Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Critiquing – Giving Critiques

I've been around several different groups of writers and I can say, without doubt or hesitation, that critiquing is one of the hardest things to master. Whether critiquing your own work or the work of others, it's necessary to understand how to be the most useful to help better the work in front of you. … Continue reading Critiquing – Giving Critiques

Writing Tip: Research Resources

Hey friends! I don't know about you, but colds and sickness have had my family down for two weeks. It's been crazy around here! No puke at least, but lots of sleepless nights and coughing and nose blowing and all that great stuff that comes with it. Happy new year, right?? Anyway, over this week, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Research Resources

Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Last week, I shared about how to use short stories to help improve your writing and I shared 5 tips about using word count effectively. I want to dive more into one of those specifically and expand even more on it and that's word count. When I was a younger writer, I had a teacher … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories – Word Count

Writing Tip: Short Stories

Short stories aren't only a  genre and craft unto themselves, but they are also a fantastic means to practice new story elements. For example, if you know that your novel needs to have a bit of suspense in it, you can practice writing suspense in short stories. If your novel will take a dark turn, … Continue reading Writing Tip: Short Stories

Writing Tip: Helping Others

The best and most efficient way to improve your writing is.... To help others with theirs. This may feel counterintuitive if your life looks anything like mine (busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep). However, I believe that helping other writers only makes YOU a better writer. I … Continue reading Writing Tip: Helping Others