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Critique Groups Part One and Two

(from Monday Writing Minute)

Other Writing Tips of the Day

Backstory–How to Avoid the Dump

Be Professional in Everything You Write. Always.

Don’t Give Up Your Voice

Five Quick Fixes When Things Aren’t Working

Head-Hopping Woes

Multiple Points of View

On The Side: Etiquette for Finding A Mentor
Overwhelmed? When Great News Feels Heavy
Paragraphing Just for Fun
Telling Versus Showing or the Perpetual Thorn in a Writer's Side
The One Thing that Produces Pretty Words Now and Leaves You With a Huge Mess Later
The One Thing Required for Success
What Happens After That Great Idea Flashes in Your Head?
White Space

Writing Pitfalls Series

Writing Pitfalls Series:

Mechanics and Grammar

Point of View

Dialogue Part One

Dialogue Part Two

Power it Up Part One

Power it Up Part Two

Things That Get in the Way

Worthy Beginnings

Forming a Critique Group Series:

What’s So Great About a Critique Group? Part One

Part Two: Helpful Ideas

Skinning The Onion Series

Part Three: Things to Watch Out For

Part Four: Tips

How to Critique Series:


Skinning The Onion Layer One: Basic Level Edits

Skinning The Onion Layer Two: Middle Layer Edits

Formatting Series

Formatting Helps:

How to Get the Most Out of Your Critique




Do You Really Need Back-up?

Why Critique?

Join a critique group.

But go a step further–encourage each other to learn. Read books, attend seminars, and learn. Bring all that wonderful information back to your group. Ideal size? I’ve heard the “magic triangle of three.” We have seven, which gets a bit long, but we each bring something different to the group. Wouldn’t give up any of them!

Be an encourager for newer, younger writers.

When you teach, you learn! Plus, you never know when you might need a mentor. Someone is always the newer, younger writer.

Don’t give up!

This is not an overnight career. Unfortunately. Hard work and many hours do add up to something. Keep pushing yourself to be better. And don’t quit. Quitting is the only time we fail.

Keep a “happy folder” in your email.

Save all the positive responses you get. On a down day, click the file open and be encouraged!