The Best Advice You Ever Received in a Critique
Blogger: Mary Keeley
Do you recall the one or two Aha! moments in your writing journey in which you personally received stellar advice or feedback that was life changing for your WIP? For your craft? For your career as an author?
These questions assume that you belong to a challenging critique group with one or more partners who are further into in their craft, perhaps already published. Or that you have attended writers conferences and paid for written critiques of your book by professional editors. Or it could have been in a brainstorming session with your agent, who guided your focus in a new direction that was a better match for you.
Or maybe it wasn’t anyone in the publishing world at all, but rather someone close to you whose wisdom reshaped your perspective on your writing. Maybe God spoke to you through a message or in your personal Bible reading. It’s okay to share that as well.
Keep the conversation focused on the world of writing and the publishing industry. To help you jump start your memory recall, advice for your novel may involve story arc, emotional arc, spiritual arc and how to weave them into your plot, good advice for pacing in your story, development of your characters, or how to correct POV issues, and so on. Advice for non-fiction writers may involve suggestions to grow your platform, how to increase your social media network more efficiently, or how to structure your book to better meet your audience’s felt needs.
I’m away on faculty at a writers conference this week and won’t be able to respond to your comments. Use this blog space today to share your golden learning moments with each other. You never know, yours might be the gem someone else in our blog community needs to hear at this moment. And what a great community we have here. God works in and through each of us.
Have a fruitful time of sharing. I can’t wait to read your comments!
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