Deadliest phrase for creative people

“Next, let’s critique Robin’s piece.” My college professor smiled as everyone in the class pulled out my piece, except me. I felt their eyes turn to me. It didn't help that we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I had nowhere to hide. My teacher might have said the title of my story … Continue reading Deadliest phrase for creative people

Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques

Every writer needs critiques. As I’ve posted here before, critiques from beta readers help writers improve their work. But that doesn’t mean that every critique a writer gets is helpful. Critiques point out what may not be working well in a story. But they’re all suggestions. No one has to follow word-for-word with what every … Continue reading Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques

Writing is a rollercoaster

8:00am: I understand why almost no one begins a book with a character waking up. They'd all start the same way: dread. There's nothing compelling that makes me want to get out of bed this early. 9:15am: I've woken up enough, but the words in my head are still confused. I'll use "trim" as the … Continue reading Writing is a rollercoaster

Writing worries

‘Guess what.’ I text him. ‘What?’ I pause, not sure of what to text back. I could talk about the bubbling worry inside of me, but I already did that so much. We talked about my anxiety yesterday. He can’t keep being the only person I shout my worries to. But I could tell him. … Continue reading Writing worries

For when a bad critique comes

There are some critiques we get as writers that make us feel worthless. They come at random times and sometimes when we least expect it. In those moments, we’re vulnerable. So, here’s some quotes to remind us why we are here and why we’re still fighting for our voice to be heard. “You have been … Continue reading For when a bad critique comes

Jealous writers

There was always one name we could remember without wanting to. For me, that was Harry. Harry was the type of student who walked into class and slouched in his chair. He didn’t say much before or after class. He was usually one of the first to leave. But during class, he was a star. … Continue reading Jealous writers