Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tuesday's Tips

"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke." ~Arthur Polotnik

Who helps your fire show? Do you have a critique partner or group? If not, I urge you to find one. This one step can take your writing from good to great. Research online critique groups and find one that suits your needs. Consider starting your own writers group. Check with your local bookstore or library for possible groups. Inquire at your church; sometimes there are small groups for writers. Ask a trusted friend or family member for honest feedback.

Writing is done alone but writing for publication is done together. Ruthlessly pursue another set of eyes to read and evaluate your work. And watch the smoke from your words vanish and the fire blaze.

**Next Tuesday, I'll talk about how to critique someone's work.**

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