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!
A critiquing group has the kind of power that can either buoy up or weigh down a budding writer just trying to learn and improve. If there s one thing you can take from my words, it would be this: use that power wisely!
As you can probably tell, I’m not a huge fan of critiquing groups. This is only my own personal experience with them, though. When used properly, they’re an irreplaceable part of a writer’s journey to better writing. But when they’re used incorrectly, they can destroy writers from the inside, out.
There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about when and how business content writers work. While I’ve seen some of the easier questions answered, I decided that I wanted to join the conversation about some of the tougher questions.
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?
Lets take a look at whether you should look at platform freelancing at all, or go with private freelancing from the get-go. Spoiler alert: both have an important role to play in your freelancing career!
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.
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.
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.
As much as I love words, there are just those that take up space and don’t often give you anything for it. I know that professional writers are supposed to love all words, but that’s overrated. Some words are just completely useless and leave good writers open to ridicule when used in conversation or writing.