Painfully Honest Critiques

Generally, I do not take criticism well.  It’s just something about being told I’m wrong that rubs against my grain, especially something I’ve been trained to do or something I’ve done out of habit for a long time. The one exception to this is criticism of my writing during workshopping.  I handle criticism pretty wellContinue reading “Painfully Honest Critiques”

Workshopping: Long Fiction

Fifth in a series about writing workshops.  The first article was about general workshop guidelines, the second about short fiction, the third about poetry and the fourth on scripts. Finally, we’ve reached the pinnacle of writing workshop guides: a guide to workshopping long fiction, which means a novella or a novel.  Many writers want toContinue reading “Workshopping: Long Fiction”

Workshopping: Scripts

Fourth in a series about writing workshops.  The first article was about general workshop guidelines, the second about short fiction, and the third about poetry.  The fifth will focus on workshopping and editing long fiction. Scripts, including stage plays and screenplays, are quite a different genre to work on in a workshop, particularly if itContinue reading “Workshopping: Scripts”

Workshopping: Poetry

Third in a series about writing workshops.  The first article was about general workshop guidelines and the second about short fiction.  The fourth will focus on scripts and the fifth on workshopping and editing long fiction. This week, we’ll talk about workshopping poetry, including how you should format your poems, what specifically to have, andContinue reading “Workshopping: Poetry”

Workshopping: Short Fiction

Second in a series about writing workshops.  The first article was about general workshop guidelines.  The third will focus on poetry, the fourth on scripts, and the fifth on workshopping and editing long fiction. Some writing workshops are focused primarily on short fiction, which is generally considered to be greater than 1,000 words but shorterContinue reading “Workshopping: Short Fiction”