Posts Tagged ‘writers groups’

You Can’t Give it Away

Here’s the thing about feedback on your writing. Lots of what you get from others is wolf stuff in sheep’s clothing.

It can be bogus, hinky and deceptive. My contention is that you’ve got to develop the fictional muscle to do the heavy lifting yourself. And since this is tough to do, we often mistakenly  delegate the responsibility to others. “My writers’ group loved it.” “My husband thinks it’s my best yet.” Really? And how many books has your husband sold? Or those in your writers’ group. Zero is my bet.

Why oh why do we go to seminars and writers groups hoping to get the straight scoop on our writing project? The answer is that all too often we go to them for validation. We want to hear the story works well, maybe even that it’s brilliant. We want to hear that we have talent.

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Getting Fiction Feedback

Here’s a question I’ve been getting from my fiction newsletter readers, and since it’s awhile before the newsletter goes out again, I thought I’d take a swipe at the question here.

How does a writer get good feedback on a work in progress?

Bear in mind that these suggestions reflect my particular biases. Here goes:

1. Writers’ groups can be helpful at the very beginning. They provide psychological support and motivation. They may also give usable feedback on your fiction.

2. Do not go to writers’ groups hungry for validation or fearful of criticism. Repeat this ten times before every meeting. You are there to find out what the piece needs in order to be better, period. Read More…