Eight Strategies to Get Over the Fear of Sharing your Writing
Your heart races, your hands shake, you want to run, scream, hide! Glancing behind you, you’re ready to face the growling beast that prowls toward you. But you see nothing – no beast, no scary slithering snake, no creepy spiders. Instead, you see a draft of your current chapter or article and a writing friend,…Read More
6 Ways Writing Partners can Help Us Become Better Writers
Do you belong to a “writing group”? Or, if you don’t have an “official” group, do you have some writing buddies you can share your work with to get feedback? If you have writing buddies, congratulations! You’re on the “write” track – (sometimes I can’t help myself). If you don’t have writing buddies, I encourage…Read More
What do you do with Feedback?
You shared some of your writing with a friend or group. People read it, wrote about it, gave you comments. Some of them made you do a happy dance around your room, some made you want to toss your computer out the window, and others just didn’t even make sense. What do you do with…Read More
Feedback: The Secret to Making your Writing Great
Getting feedback on your writing is the (sometimes scary) process of sharing your writing and asking others for help. You might be asking why this is important? You’re already a pretty great writer, or you wouldn’t be here, so why do you need others to read your writing? Let me share a few reasons: 1. Readers will…Read More
Critique Like an Expert in 7 Easy Steps
You’ve read a story on WTW. You may think its great or you might think its not so great, but you see the potential. How do you help your fellow writer? How do you write a critique on the story and give them helpful feedback? 1. ALWAYS start out with what you like. We all…Read More
Proofreading vs. Editing: What’s the Difference?
When reading one another’s writing, high school students will almost always point out grammatical errors, misspelled words or typos before anything else. Perhaps its because they “know” how to fix those things. They’re easy to identify for good writers, but this is not editing though its part of the editing process. This is called proofreading.…Read More