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The Truth Behind Bad Writing Advice

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It is easy to turn to the internet for some quick advice on the writing experience. It is just as easy to fall prey to bad advice if you don’t know what to look for.

First, a little background. Once every year or so the twitter writing community will get flooded with some bad writing advice that everyone will give their hot take on. This week the writing community seems to be flooded with it more than normal.

Everyone has an opinion, but how do you know which one is the right?

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Are You Ready to Join a Critique Group?

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Are you thinking about joining a Critique Group for the first time? Or maybe you’re working on a new project and don’t know if it is ready to run the gambit?

Sharing your work with others is a big deal! It is scary, intimating, but also exciting because it may or may not validate all that hard work you’ve put into a piece. You’ll hear directly from readers what did and didn’t work. And though we often prepare ourselves for the worst, sometimes even the most well intentioned feedback can gut us.

So how do you know if you’re ready or not?

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New Year New Writing Goals

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I know December was lacking as far as blog updates go, but I was still in recovery mode from November. Now I’m trying to get back in the swing of things and what better way than setting new writing goals for myself and reflecting on the accomplishments of the last year.

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Community is the Key to NaNoWriMo

 

Hello everyone! The first FULL week of Nano is coming to a close. How is everyone doing?

I knew this month would be a challenge with classes AND the commitment of working on my NANO, but so far I’ve managed to do it all *knock on wood* thanks to some great time management, some sleepless nights, and some amazing communities who encourage me every step of the way!

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Monthly Celebrations – October

Hello everyone! Today I don’t really have any writing tips or tricks but instead am just lamenting about my current writing status, despairs, and achievements! This month has been nothing but chaotic for me, which is good, but I often feel like I’m not getting everything I want to achieve done.

At the same time, a LOT has happened! A lot of good and nerve-wracking things, that I can share with you all.

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Nanowrimo – The Calm Before The Storm

Welcome to a serious of Nanowrimo blog posts I’m doing in the month of November! Things are about to get crazy ya’ll!

Tonight at midnight our calendars shift into November and writers everywhere will begin the fast-paced adventure of writing a novel in a month! But before that happens, the panic sets in.

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The Hunt for Good Critique

Receiving critique is a must for any writer looking to publish. For one thing, it gets your work out there, it forces you to let go and accept comments (both good and bad.) That isn’t easy for any writer to do, but it is a hurdle we all have to conquer. Additionally,  good critique will inevitably improve your writing. It will show you the weaknesses of the piece that we, as the creators, are just blind to.

I’ve been in a lot of critique groups, and am currently running one right now because I know the help it can provide and I love reading the work of my fellow writers. But sometimes, a good critique partner is hard to come by. Continue reading “The Hunt for Good Critique”