I have a really smart critique group. I have learned so much from them. About writing, of course, but also about the world – our group has touched on an amazing breadth of topics. I’ve learned about history, science, finance, social anthropology and more. (I’ve taught them about whiskey production, very high-brow.)
They’re nice as well. And we laugh a lot during our meetings. But it’s harder to pass on nice and funny through a blog post. So, today, feeling short on time and deep thoughts, I am passing on some of their wisdom. These are things I think about when I write. Because I know if I don’t, they will. And I can’t make critiquing too easy for them.
- Writing is hard. It’s delightful and wonderful too. But it’s hard. No matter how many books an author has published, the new one will still be a struggle in its own special way.
- Hard work solves most problems. The easy solution is not always the best one. Keep at it. Try, try, again. Be stubborn. A tip that’s as good for life as it is for writing.
- Entertain us. Our group is relentless. It’s not enough to just be pretty or sweet or funny or clever. We demand to be entertained as well.
- It has to make sense. Even if there is magic and mystery and coincidence and imagination at play, there has to be a certain basic logic. We must believe.
- More kissing. My personal favorite. I’ve blogged about this before. Although this tip/mantra started with regards to love, romance, and sex, that’s not its full meaning. Every story needs love and passion in some form. And we want to see the active result of this love.
Use these tips for good, not evil!
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK