Complaining about anything on public social media is quite frankly a big NO-NO. This goes doubly so for a negative critique. It’s perfectly natural to want to lash out and vilify your critic, but this is where your writing buddies that you made through your local writers’ group or connecting with other writers in your private chat groups come into play. They’re the ones who will understand and will help you get some perspective, possibly even see the value in that critique. But whatever you do, never, ever, lash out on a public forum about those comments.
When writers hear the term writer’s platform, many immediately jump to the concept of on-line presence and the related activities. However, a writer’s platform is everything that you do in your capacity as a writer. It will include your local memberships, your writer’s groups, the conferences, the workshops, the local interviews, book fairs, classes, etc. Of course, your platform will also include any on-line activities as well, but don’t underestimate the power of your in-person activities.
You’ve sent your baby out for feedback and the critique report has come in. So many of those comments ring true with you and now you’re eager to get into the editing. Whoa… Slow down. Take the time to read through that critique report in detail; make notes and jot down any sparking ideas. Don’t rush in and make the changes right away. You need to ensure that those comments are what is best for your story as a whole. (Now comments about typos and spelling errors… Sure… Fix those right away.)
It’s hard to remain positive about our writing. We see so many comments that don’t necessarily pertain to us, but we can’t help but think it does. Don’t second guess yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, then why should anyone else? That being said, you do need to be open to constructive criticism and feedback. Constantly develop your skills as a writer.
Many writers that I know have multiple projects on the go at once. One manuscript might be in the editing phase, waiting for comments from either critique partners or beta readers. Another might be in early drafts where you’re still fleshing out the story. Others might be sitting in the back of your mind as that spark of an idea. It’s okay to be working on more than one manuscript at a time. Don’t feel pressured to finish the one manuscript before you turn your attention to another. Sometimes, you have to let one idea fester while you work on […]
As we develop and grow as writers, so too must our writer’s platforms. We learn from our past and press forward into the future. Technology changes, as will the industry as a whole. If we don’t change with the times, then we’ll get swallowed up, never to resurface again. If you want to succeed in the writing industry, or any other industry for that matter, then you need to be prepared to adapt and change. In fact, your current activities may not be suitable in the future. Your platform, however it manifests itself, needs to reflect your current situation, developing and […]
Most of us have heard it at least once: don’t over-complicate things. It’s the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Our writing is the same. The moment we try to over-complicate a story plot is the moment that plot is no longer believable. If an action is logical and is where the story wants to head, then use it. Don’t try to force another plot, just because the logical progression is simple. KISS!
There is a fear among many writers that we have to get it right the first time, but this is only an excuse. We often say that our first drafts are just a stepping stone and require significant work to shape them into something worth reading. However, many become stifled in their road toward publication because they are aiming for perfection. Unfortunately, perfection doesn’t exist. In everything you don’t, don’t waste your energy on trying to be perfect. Instead strive for something that you can be proud of.
This tip is probably the simplest one I can give: take time to enjoy the holidays. Nice and simple. See you in the New Year.