Category Archives: Critiquing & Critiques

Six Rules that Keep Critique Partnerships Golden

A long time ago, two enthusiastic yet green writers met on an online critiquing site called The Critique Circle. They wrote stories riddled with hollow characters and cliched plots, but that didn’t stop them from becoming fast friends. Through practice, … Continue reading

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Mastering Words: Ways to Evolve as a Writer

Each day, we seek to put our best foot forward. We shower, dress for the day’s activities, style our hair. We plan, organize, gather our things, and check the mirror before leaving, making sure to pluck stray fluff off our … Continue reading

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Critiques 4 U, February Edition

Well, it’s time for another round of critiques, but I’ve decided to do things a little differently this month. I know that the writing journey is hard and long. We’ve all heard the stories about writers who submitted their stories over and over again, … Continue reading

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Critiques 4 U

I don’t know about you all, but I love to critique. Maybe it’s being able to help others with their trouble spots. Possibly, it’s my mutant writing gene that makes the revision stage my most favoritest part of the process. Maybe it’s my inner four-year-old … Continue reading

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Weathering Reviews and Taking Criticism

As a kid, I read a ton (a TON) of horse stories. It’s a genre that I don’t believe will ever go out of style, so I’m happy to have Jennifer Lyne here to post at The Bookshelf Muse. Her new … Continue reading

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Using a Critique Checklist, or, How Not to Look Like a Twit

When writers ask me for advice, the first thing I emphasize is the importance of finding a critique group or partners. These support systems are invaluable for adding the objectivity we lack and helping us see where our work needs … Continue reading

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Margie Lawson Extravaganza (Part 2!)

When I found out the awesome and talented Melinda Collins was headed off to Colorado to attend  Margie Lawson’s Immersion Master Class, I absolutely had to convince her to swing by and tell us about the experience afterward. Of course, … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Kindness Day 3: Win even MORE!

WOOT! Day three of celebrating Random Acts of Kindness in the writing community! As I mentioned yesterday, the Industry is showing their own RAOK spirit and appreciation for writers by offering some amazing RAOK gifts for you to win. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Face-to-Face Writing Groups

I tried a face-to-face writing group once. It consisted of a couple of very talented poets, an aspiring journalist, and a nice lady who was working on a family cookbook. All lovely people, but none of them seeking publication for … Continue reading

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Time to Leave Your Critique Group?

In past posts, we’ve looked at the right time to join a critique group, how to evaluate feedback and accept criticism, as well as what makes a critique group work. Sometimes though, a moment comes where a writer begins to … Continue reading

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