Writing Tip — 6


When it comes to critiques, you need to put on armor and not let the suggestions get to you. Good group members make the suggestions and comments for a reason. They’re not trying to sabotage your writing and publishing efforts, they are helping you make it better! No matter how hard we try, the first draft of what we write is going to have problems. Joining a critique group like Writers World gives you a chance to better your craft. Even though you love writing, you still want to publish what you write. When you publish something, you don’t want to end up with one-star reviews criticizing your work. The group helps you improve your grammar, descriptions, plots, and scenes. They help you improve the flow and rhythm of the story. Sure, it hurts when someone points out a problem. After all, you put your heart and soul into your writing, the words become your children. Now, if your child is causing trouble, you would want to know, wouldn’t you? Better to have a neighbor or friend tell you what they are up to, instead of the authorities. In the critique group, the members are those friends and neighbors, while the authorities are those who buy your book. Accept what they say, fix the problems, and get back to writing. Apply what you learned from them to your future works.

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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3 Responses to Writing Tip — 6

  1. MJ Brodeck says:

    Hi Anna,

    What a useful post! I just joined Writer’s World because I need to be critiqued. Although it’s nice to meet people at critique groups, it’s often not helpful because want to be nice and not critique. But you can still be nice and critique without hurting other’s feelings…

    Have a great weekend.
    MJ 🙂

  2. Darlene says:

    Joining a critique group was the best thing I ever did. Without their valuable critiques, my books would not exist or would be rubbish. Sometimes, you want to defend your work, but I found it is best to just say thank you, go home and think about it. 90% of the time I follow the advice of my critique partners and am always glad I have.

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