you have a great idea, you grab that paper and pencil, or rush to the
computer and write, write write.
It all comes out in one brilliant rush.
Then you sit back and think, "This is wonderful!" Or maybe the opposite
happens. You sit back, read your creation, and wonder whatever made you
think you could write. For any
writer, it is
easy to think your work
is brilliant or terrible. Probably, the truth lies somewhere in between,
how do you know?
For most writers, one of the
most important things they can do is get feedback on their work. I don't
mean a well-meaning husband who says, "Gee, that's great honey,"
or your kids who will often listen to
whatever you read to them just
because you are giving them some time. While your family may make you
good, they are generally not terribly helpful in objectively assessing
your work or offering suggestions
for improvements. For most writers, that
kind of feedback comes from a writing critique group. A group of
writers, working toward the same goals, can offer that objective eye and
ear, see strengths and
weaknesses in your work, and offer suggestions for
I have been lucky enough
to have a group that has been together for many years. We call
The Write Sisters.
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