Writing Tip — 28

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I belong to a number of writing groups on FB. Some have the gall to call themselves elite where critiques are concerned. What a joke. Most of them are full of junk posts like: What should I name my character? What should I write about? What color should I make my character’s eyes and hair? How should my character dress? For crying out loud, people! You are writers or so you claim. Use your imagination! If you can’t figure out these things on your own, then maybe you shouldn’t be writing. In these groups you learn nothing, but are great places to belong if all you want is praise for what you have written.

Of all the groups I belong to only one exists where you actually learn the rules of grammar and story structure: Writers World The man that runs this group — randall ‘Jay’ andrews — has thirty years of experience as a writer and an editor. The critiques you receive in this group are to the point, no messing around. They point out problems and will explain a way to fix it. If you still don’t understand and say so, they will happily explain further with examples. If you want to actually improve your writing and strengthen your writer’s voice, the best way is to join a group like WW. But be warned, I strongly advise you to develop lizard skin.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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11 Responses to Writing Tip — 28

  1. Excellent post, Anna! I couldn’t agree more with you about the work in most writing groups on FB. Ads, links, and self-promotion detract from the focus of a writing group, which should be lessons, posting, and critiquing.
    Nice job!

  2. Robert Parkhouse says:

    You’ve accurately summed up 90% of FB in a single paragraph 😀

  3. Wow, unable to think of a character name…or features…dire lol
    Sounds like WW is worth a look though.

  4. jenanita01 says:

    I think I could probably do with both, writing critiques AND a tougher skin… so thanks for this!

  5. Chris White says:

    Excellent post Anna.

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