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Feedback Tips: Part Two – What Feedback to Ask For

Feedback Tips: Part Two – What Feedback to Ask For

In part one, I talked about when to ask for feedback. If you missed that post, you can find it here. However, the next major issue that people have with feedback is knowing what kind of feedback to ask for. If you scroll through /r/writing’s stickied critique thread, you’ll notice that quite a few of the posts just say, “any feedback at all” or “whatever advice you feel like.” Almost all of the posts that just get dropped in (and…

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Feedback Tips: Part One – When to Ask for Feedback

Feedback Tips: Part One – When to Ask for Feedback

In my time on writing forums, blogs, and in just talking to people, one of the most common topics is feedback. Whether it’s people not being sure how to give feedback, how to ask for feedback, or what to do with feedback, it’s amazing how many issues come up. Even worse, quite a few of the other questions that I see are flawed because the author is asking for feedback at the wrong time or in the wrong way, which…

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Choosing Your Characters

Choosing Your Characters

When you decide to write a story, you’ll almost always already have the main characters in mind. After all, you can’t have even the idea of a story without characters to fill it out. So it may seem strange to talk about choosing your characters. But, just like when you’re evaluating a scene, you have to be sure that each character is serving a purpose and driving the story forward. It’s one of the hardest evaluations to do when you’re…

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“You’ve Finished Your NaNo Novel, Now What?” – Part Two

“You’ve Finished Your NaNo Novel, Now What?” – Part Two

Part Two: Rewriting is Important Welcome back! During the past week, you’ve hopefully taken a break from writing and even from reading and watching things in your genre. But I know breaks can be hard. Especially when you’ve gotten into the habit of writing every day, it’s easy to decide that you’ll just glance over your manuscript. Or maybe there’s a scene that you suddenly realize you have a great idea for. Hopefully, you resisted, because that will make the…

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