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Mar
23

Critique & Grace

This is another post “pulled from the archives,” so to speak. It’s about two years old, but the observations I made then ring just as true now. I should perhaps preface this by explaining that my writing background is heavily dominated by my experience working at my college’s writing center. I didn’t just advise other people on their writing for fun (thought it was)–I was paid for it, too. So if it seems like revision is a love of mine, you’re right. It’s also just as important as the other parts of the writing process,...
Mar
16

In the Beginning

I think we’ve all seen this countless times. You find a piece of fiction online, read the summary and think, “huh, that sounds cool.” But once you’ve clicked chapter one and read through the first few paragraphs, you’re turned off. They’ve started that way, again: the typical description of the protagonist’s appearance heads off a page-long summary of her life story. I’ve even seen published novels written that way. Shudder. I took them back to the library promptly, without reading another word. So go and write the...

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