Writer’s Stress: How do you spell relief?

Writer’s Stress: How do you spell relief?

Since my last critique meeting with my crit partners I have been spending a lot of time looking just like this woman. Head in hands, ideas being tossed out the realm of possibility. I do not mean to say that my crit partners sent me into a tailspin, not at all. I mean to say that my book has done this to me. Writing a book, first draft anyway, is very freeing. It’s almost carthartic. You are getting things written, you are feeling creative, you have a spring in your step, and a whistle on your lips. But when it

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Substantial Critique or Edit: How do you COPE?

It is pretty inevitable that if you write anything longer than a grocery list, you will be faced at some point with a substantial edit or critique of your work. Sometimes when I am undergoing this trial by fire, I sort of wish I HAD written a grocery list. Especially when the critique is one that is, shall we say, not so positive? striatic / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) At the close up view of the work, it is a good story. It has merit, and the voice is true. The characters keep on

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Bullying: can a bad review be considered as such?

According to Wikipedia. “Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” Recently, a good friend of mine received a pretty nasty review. It was lengthy and pointed. The reviewer was particular and definite. The effects? My friend may quit writing. My question therefore is this: can bad reviews be considered a form of bullying? I know the reviewer in question didn’t threaten or use force, but doesn’t verbal abuse amount to intimidation and domination of another? The reviewer was not attacking the writer

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Good stuff

Confucius quote-“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance” I have not been idle, although I have been a little quieter than usual. It’s all good stuff! I have been reading, thank you very much Mr. Confucius (Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history) — and in fact, I may add yet another book into the mix because — well, honestly, I am reading Game of Thrones and watching the Netflix editions of it,

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Weekend wrap-up

Sometimes weekends are slow and lazy and I don’t do much and surely don’t have anything to blog about concerning it. This past weekend doesn’t fall into that category. This past weekend was FULL of good writing things. I actually got all of my critiques done for my gals, my own round of edits done for the next chapters about to be handed off to them, and started compiling my short stories for a possible novella of shorts that I am considering publishing. I think a collection of my short work would be a fantastic read for most people. They

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