A Reader, First

Every writer remembers books from her childhood that were life altering—books that made her love reading long before she ever became a writer. As a child, I didn’t immediately take to reading. I was active (probably hyperactive) and I thought…

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Critique Groups

My critique group has been a huge, giant, gargantuan help to me. I am an advocate for being part of a critique gathering. However I recognize that not every writer will benefit the same way from regular peer critiquing, and the…

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Writing Therapy

Six months ago I was in a serious automobile accident and took an expensive helicopter ride. One injury I sustained was a separated AC joint, which affected the movement of my shoulder and arm. When you limit the use of…

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Rate Your Critique Skills

Writing/illustrating classes, workshops, and critique groups are great ways to hone your craft, but only if you know how to receive and give criticism. Ask yourself the following: Are you open to advice that can improve your work? As much…

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Writing Conferences

By Stephanie Moore I was a closet writer. I could count on one hand the number of people that knew I liked to write. Then I finished my first manuscript and I was proud of it. *Happy Dance* One night…

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