When Can You Break The Rules In Writing?

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably come across conflicting philosophies on writing “rules”, especially if you’re ever sent your work out for feedback. Because, you probably got a mixed bag of suggestions. One reader’s favorite chapter of your book might be the one another reader suggests that you axe. Whether you’re a writer who strives …

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10 Tips for Receiving Critique with Resilience

Having fellow writers and professionals read and critique your work is a necessary step on the way to publication, but hearing all that is wrong with the words you poured your heart and soul into can feel stressful and disheartening. It doesn’t have to be this way. When you embrace the critique with resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties), a possibly stressful situation can turn into a learning opportunity and launch you onto the path to becoming a better writer.

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Is Your Manuscript Ready for Readers?

How do you know when your story is ready to nudge out of its nest and fly into the world? This question can take a lot of forms: Is my book good enough? Will readers care about my characters? Did I catch all the mistakes? Trust me, I know how scary these thoughts can be. …

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