Critiquing: #1 – Getting Punched in the Gut

In past years I’ve written a few posts on the topic of critiquing which generated several comments. Now that I’m back in another critique group, I am reminded of how difficult it can be to adjust to the critiquing styles of a new group of writers. It takes time to get to know and trust each other…Continue reading “Critiquing: #1 – Getting Punched in the Gut”

Writing Insecurities

  On Twitter last night I read DD Shari Green’s tweet, “964 words. Some of them don’t suck.” Then on the Writer Unboxed blog I encountered Debbie Ohi’s delightful cartoon… The cartoon evoked so many comments along the line of, “You must be living in my head!” and “Have you been spying on me?” that aContinue reading “Writing Insecurities”

Getting Punched in the Gut

How do you feel when you offer your writing for examination and it gets torn apart? For me, it would depend on the motivation of the person who is doing the criticizing. Since I would be looking for an honest evaluation I would expect to hear about weaknesses in the manuscript. What I wouldn’t appreciateContinue reading “Getting Punched in the Gut”

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Authors get asked all the time about the source of their ideas and there’s never a simple explanation. A fragment of conversation, a fleeting glimpse of the unconventional, an unexpected sequence of events, and suddenly the writer’s mind is asking, “What if…?”   The idea won’t be original. There are basic themes that have regularlyContinue reading “Whose Story Is It Anyway?”