What Feedback Should You Apply To Your Story?

I started following this hilarious account on Twitter called Guy In Your MFA. He represents that potentially fictional, douchey guy who is obviously brilliant in his writing, wants to tell you how yours is all wrong, and will not accept that his work needs any changes whatsoever. Of course he’s a parody, but parodies are…

How Do You Find Good Critique Partners?

Once you finish writing your masterpiece, there are four things you should do: Have a celebratory drink. I enjoy wine or a margarita, but if you don’t drink I suppose iced tea can be fun if you put cinnamon in it. Let the book sit alone in a corner for a while¬†to think about what…

Connection In Craft: Making More Of A Hobby Or Career

After reading Eclectic Alli’s post for #1000Speak for Compassion, I decided I wanted to participate in this month’s theme: connection. I’m using the term “craft” loosely for the purposes of this post. Consider it “the thing you do for fun and/or to make money”.¬†Hopefully, whatever you do to make money also happens to be fun.…

Mentoring: It Makes A Difference

I’m typing this on my phone from my sons’ soccer practice. What? I’m paying attention. I took the picture, didn’t I? Anyway, it’s just a practice, so I can multitask. It’s not like it’s a game. Shut up. I’m paying attention. Sort of. So the place my kids go to play soccer is indoors, because…

How Thick Is Your Skin?

On an average day, how often are you criticized? Did you recoil a bit at the question? It’s not a fun thing, being criticized. It’s basically giving someone else permission to tell you why they don’t like something about you or something you’ve done. Even if you think you’re ready for it, there’s still a…

The Case For Literary Critique Groups

About a month ago, I joined an online critique group called Critique Circle. Here’s how it works: I earn credits by critiquing the work that others submit, and I use those credits to submit my own work for others to critique. Sounds pretty simple, huh? It is. Mostly. The process is simple. Receiving critiques, well……