Critiquing

Into every Writer's life, some critiquing must fall. Fellow writers ask you for feedback, reviews, close reading, affirmation, whatever. And there you are, suddenly out on the end of a very thin branch, trying to determine how best to respond. Sometimes you get lucky. The stories you are asked to read are well-written, need only…

Drifting gaily along

I signed up for Sarah Selecky's excellent Story is a state of Mind online course and I'm in the intensive mode, where we actually have to do the work and get in assignments and such. This latest one is freaking me out a bit, especially in line with Nanowrimo. For both things, I'm doing what…

Loving your inner editor, or why too much freewriting might screw you up

Everyone seems to love freewriting. Julia Cameron, with her morning pages, even Sarah Selecky in her Story is a state of mind online course (which I've just started). Everyone in writing classes and conferences and lectures and such tell we learning writers to just write and write and write, and never mind the level of…