How to get the most out of your critiquing group

In my last two posts, I talked quite a bit about the pros and cons of critique groups, and also about their limitations.  I’ve had bad experiences in the past that make me pretty apprehensive and bitter about them.  However, they also have a unique kind of power that can really help you get ahead in professional writing.  It’s all about pairing up with the right people for the right project.  Here are some tips to help you do just that!

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How to deal with negative reviews 

So, the time has come. You get a notification for your posted fanfic/short story/novel and you go to check out the review only to find out that it’s — gasp —negative?!  That weird whirlwind of anger, shame, and indignation you’re feeling right now is one that we’ve all felt at one point or another. Whether it was from a particularly harsh critiquing group or an online anonymous 123username reader, it cuts deep.  So, what do you do?

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The best freelancing platforms

When I started out, there wasn’t much out there for trustworthy online platforms to advertise my services, but now there seems to be one on every virtual corner!  If you’re looking at getting involved with freelancing platforms, you’ll want to take the time to figure out what the best one is.

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5 things not to say to a writer

As any professional writer will tell you, you’ll hear a lot more negativity than positivity out there.  The goal is to focus on the positivity, of course, but there are those lines that just somehow always manage to sneak through your thick skin and bug the heck out of you. Here are my own “most likely to punch you in the face” lines.

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3 things to say to a writer

Out of nothing more than 26 letters, writers can create entire universes with characters and stories that will bring readers to tears.  Yet despite this truly awe-inspiring talent, there are many well-intentioned people out there (many of whom may be readers themselves) who don’t appreciate this effort. Here are 3 things to say to a writer you believe in. 

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