On Writing

What I've discovered is that no matter how long you've been writing, or how many times you've been published, there are always opportunities to learn and improve. Such as where to put the comas, when you're getting wordy, and whether or not your work flows. I'm sure even the best of them have to slash their manuscripts with a virtual machete. Even with this blog I had to go over it several times to make sure it was right.

I was at a writer's group last night, and found that some people criticize your work just to feel smarter, and those are easy to weed out. But the ones that add real value are the ones that make you think. I did a lot of thinking today and realized, not every word was golden. It's hard to let someone in and critique your work. It makes you feel exposed and vulnerable, but I can assure you the benefits far outweigh the fear. There are things you never thought of and you say to yourself "Hmf, that idea really works."

Did you notice that the more famous an author becomes the fatter their books get. Who's their critique partners? There is more in the writer's head than the reader cares about. You have to wade through the pages just to get to the substance.

The moral of my story is to believe in yourself and don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Let critiques take good work and make it better.


  1. I agree, Victoria. A good critique partner is invaluable. I try to listen quietly and use what is helpful. It's not east, but I try to be appreciative that someone took the time to read and offer insights.