The Truth Behind Bad Writing Advice

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It is easy to turn to the internet for some quick advice on the writing experience. It is just as easy to fall prey to bad advice if you don’t know what to look for.

First, a little background. Once every year or so the twitter writing community will get flooded with some bad writing advice that everyone will give their hot take on. This week the writing community seems to be flooded with it more than normal.

Everyone has an opinion, but how do you know which one is the right?

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Are You Ready to Join a Critique Group?

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Are you thinking about joining a Critique Group for the first time? Or maybe you’re working on a new project and don’t know if it is ready to run the gambit?

Sharing your work with others is a big deal! It is scary, intimating, but also exciting because it may or may not validate all that hard work you’ve put into a piece. You’ll hear directly from readers what did and didn’t work. And though we often prepare ourselves for the worst, sometimes even the most well intentioned feedback can gut us.

So how do you know if you’re ready or not?

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The Hunt for Good Critique

Receiving critique is a must for any writer looking to publish. For one thing, it gets your work out there, it forces you to let go and accept comments (both good and bad.) That isn’t easy for any writer to do, but it is a hurdle we all have to conquer. Additionally,  good critique will inevitably improve your writing. It will show you the weaknesses of the piece that we, as the creators, are just blind to.

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Time to Prep For Nano (A Couple Helpful Tips!)

We’re less than a month away from the beginning of NANOWRIMO! What does that stand for? National Novel Writing Month.

November is the month for writers! It is when we crawl out of our writing caves, put our butt in chairs, stuff our faces with caffeine and TYPE!

If you don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Writing Month where writers around the world try to write a novel (or 50K words) within a month. This is the time to finally get out that novel idea you’ve been thinking about for months. New writers tackle their first attempt at noveling (that is a word now!) while experienced veterans look upon the blank page with grim determination.

Even though we’re still in October, it isn’t too late to start preparing for 30 days of constant writing, plotting, and racking up the word count.

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The Importance of Picking the Right POV

I’ve seen a lot of writers asking the question, “What POV should I write my story in?”

It is a great question to ask yourself before starting a new project, so let’s dive in!

There used to be a time when I didn’t worry about POV. I wrote the story the way I saw it in my mind. Sometimes it was like a movie I was watching (third person) and sometimes it was a story the character was telling me (first person.) All that mattered was getting the story out, I realized a little too late that how you told the story matters just as much as the writing.

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