Taking editing in the spirit in which it’s intended, or Humber week three

Back many years ago, I used to work for a boss who was capable of rendering me incoherent. I don't know what it was, but when I would bring something I'd written into her office, she's cut and thrash all of what I'd done and I'd go all quiet and destroyed and sad and broken…

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…