Why You Should Avoid Proposing Solutions While You Beta Read a Novel

Reading someone else's novel can be tricky. What level of feedback is right? How much is too much? Should you focus on a few big things, or try to do everything? It's hard, it's slippery, and it's easy to mess up. But do you know what makes beta reading really hard? The fact that writing … Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Proposing Solutions While You Beta Read a Novel

On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

I normally write a way more wordy post every week. But this thread on when and how to take criticism on your work was just too perfect. Enjoy: https://twitter.com/DelilahSDawson/status/1087360935059181573 (It's a thread. Be sure to click through it and read the whole thing!) And now, an unrelated thought-dump on blogging, and what topics to blog … Continue reading On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

I'm sure you've heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don't overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It's common advice, and it's not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. … Continue reading Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

I wanted to do a short post today. So let's talk about something easy! Here's the situation: You, like so many unfortunate people, might have been taught to put two spaces after every period, because that's how it was done in the days of the typewriter. But alas, that's not how it works anymore. When … Continue reading Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits and How You Can Use Them on Your Novel

Writing a novel feels great, doesn't it? It's so emotional! So engaging! (All right, well, it can be, when you don't feel like you're yanking ideas out of your brain with a pair of pliers.) But when you're in the zone, everything you write feels powerful, important, and deep. Then you edit it. And whoops! It's... … Continue reading An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits and How You Can Use Them on Your Novel

The Top 10 Worst Types of Critique Partners | WritersDigest.com

This was in last week's Guide to Literary Agents newsletter: The Top 10 Worst Types of Critique Partners | WritersDigest.com. Oh man. It's amusing, because many of these tropes apply to getting anyone, anywhere to read your novels, but... It's also kind of fascinating, because I've never actually attended an in-person critique group for creative … Continue reading The Top 10 Worst Types of Critique Partners | WritersDigest.com