The Creative Tribe: A powerful tool with a double-edge

I’ve recently taken a step back from my creative tribe. Still a card-carrying member (and officer in a few groups), but, after noticing unsavory patterns, I’ve had to reevaluate my expectations and dial down participation. Thanks to social media, the...

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The Five Pillars of Healthful Writing

Writing has incredible benefits, but like any activity your individual involvement depends on your interest. Some writers are happy with the hobby, writing for their own fulfillment with a pleasant dream of being published someday. Others have a goal...

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4 Tips for Reviewing Test Reader Feedback

Writing communities and classes frequently recommend seeking feedback and constructive criticism from test readers. Taking criticism gracefully is another favorite topic in writing circles. It’s a challenge to get over the emotional and psychological hurdles of having fellow humans...

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How to Maintain Positive Support Systems

There is a cultural mystique surrounding writers, which includes the images of tortured artists, solitary creators, and idle dreamers. Most of this is completely irrelevant to the practical effort of writing. This is both an industry and a lifestyle, but the...

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Arm Yourself for Self-Editing

Self-editing draws the praise and criticism of authors on both sides of the self-publishing issue. Some roar that no author can produce quality work without enlisting professional editors. On the other end are writers, often facing a lack of...

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How To Stand Out in a Writing Group

Writers benefit from joining groups and communities, but the experience can be rough when the reality fails to live up to expectations. Social interaction improves the writing experience by cutting down the firm association of writing with solitude, but...

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Alpha and Beta Readers: Building A Quality Control Team

Products of all kinds go through testing before distribution to the general public. Books undergo that same type of scrutiny by carefully selected test readers, though the process can be more effective with some research and time investment. Writers, consider...

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How to Handle Harsh Criticism in Context: 3 Questions to Ask After a Rough Critique

Criticism comes in many forms. If a critic gives a comment that feels hurtful, incorrect, personal, or underwhelming, responding with language full of fire and brimstone can be tempting. Before responding to a less than stellar remark about your...

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4 Benefits to Experimenting with Short Stories

All writing exercises should get you writing. They should get the pen to paper, the pencil to pad, or the keys clacking. Essentially, there should be no exercise that proposes to solve the writer’s problem without making them do...

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