“Voluntarily submit to honest and brutal feedback.”
You, the writer, should always be receptive to valid criticism.
Remember, though, if you re-write your work just to please your critics, you lose your unique voice. The #1 pitfall critique groups can fall into is “writing by committee.”
You don’t want to follow all critiques, even if they are valid.
But when you choose not to heed a valid critique, you need to provide equally vaild reasons why you have kept it “your way.”
I learn through anecdotes, examples, illustrations, images and I LOVE acrostics. My husband and I like to go to the Thursday service at our church, namely because the week has usually pounded us soundly enough that we need some spiritual encouragement. The group we attend is small, but the point is to nurture us so we can serve as guides and be the light for others.
Anyway, this week, the lecture used an acrostic for VICTORY. I was taken aback how remarkably this acrostic applied to my own fifteen-year-journey as an author. I wanted to share an author variation with you guys, because, in a world of “instant success” it is easy to become lost, discouraged and want to give up.
Today, we will discuss V, which stands for “Voluntarily submit.”
“Submit” might be a word that raises your hackles. We’re writers. We march to the beat of our own…
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