30 Minutes to Better Writing NOW

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In the last few weeks, I've talked about how awesome face-to-face meetings with your writing / critique partner can be. Not only are these sessions more immediate and collaborative, they also save you time! This week I want to check in with you guys. Has anyone actually done it? Have you talked with your writing … Continue reading 30 Minutes to Better Writing NOW

30 minutes to better writing: How to Talk to Your Writing Partner (Yes, actually talk!)

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While you need to write as often as possible to improve your skills, what I'm suggesting is spending thirty minutes a week or a month talking to someone about your writing. Here's how a half hour conversation with a carefully chosen critique partner or trusted confidant can make you a better writer.

Developmental Editing: Reflect, Listen, and Plan to Give Your Work New Life

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Last week I noted that the first step of successful developmental editing is finding a reader. This week, I'm going to talk about the second step, in which you lay your soul bare and embrace all the feedback the reader gave you.This step can be intimidating, but you WILL survive it if you reflect on what you're … Continue reading Developmental Editing: Reflect, Listen, and Plan to Give Your Work New Life

Different Kinds of Editing; or, How Developmental Editing is like Raising a Toddler

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One of a writer's most important tasks is editing, but one of the most common misunderstandings I see with writers, particularly new writers, is that editing is all about grammar, mechanics, and sentence-level issues.But that type of sentence-level work isn't editing; it's proofreading. Now, proofreading is important. It's SUPER important. It's how you polish and … Continue reading Different Kinds of Editing; or, How Developmental Editing is like Raising a Toddler

How the Soft-Hearted Writer Can Survive Rejection (and even thrive!)

You have to be tough to be a writer. It's a well-known truth. From Stephen King's On Writing to the Instagram and Twitter writing communities, we all know writing results in lots of rejection necessary critical feedback Both are impossible to avoid and, in the long run, make you a better writer, so you need … Continue reading How the Soft-Hearted Writer Can Survive Rejection (and even thrive!)