Authenticity in Writing

Although all of us authors/writers must do some research in writing our stories when we do not know enough about a certain subject matter, the value of critiques from various other writers is that you learn vital information you may have missed.

You are always learning something new, and with that crucial information provided by your critiques, your story becomes more authentic, which is what we always want for our fiction works.

I gained knowledge in a particular subject this morning to help make one of my character’s hobbies more realistic and believable.

Fellow writers, I hope you are able to connect with critique partners to help strengthen your stories.

Thank God for critiques/feedback!

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The Importance of Positive Feedback

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Doesn’t it feel great when you get awesome, positive feedback from fellow writers reading and critiquing your stories?

I’ve gotten many on the three works I ran through the critique queue: my novel, Passage of Promise, my novella, Mourning Dove, and my novel, What She Didn’t Know.

Whenever you feel down or unsure about your story or even your ability to write, that changes when you get wonderful comments after constructive feedback from your fellow writers.

For example, one of my fellow writers commented on my scene descriptions (scenic surroundings) in my novel, Passage of Promise, as “second to none”. That really made my day.

A couple of days ago, I received a lovely comment on three of the chapters submitted last week from my novel, What She Didn’t Know, saying, “Powerful chapters. You are doing a great job of capturing the impact of family secrets and poor communication.” And a couple of weeks ago, with two prior chapters before those, another critiquer said, “No reader would ever be bored with this story. A more zest soap opera than one could find on the boob tube. Lots of engaging characters and snappy dialogue, and a narrator telling us about the human condition.” These remarks truly boosted my confidence and brought me joy. My characters are coming through so well, and that’s vital to me.

I mentioned in a former blog post how important critique partners are. I’m reiterating it here, showing the beautiful rewards you get, in addition to helpful suggestions. You get encouragement and praise at times. And every writer needs that.

 

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