Critiquing My Work

Having a big ego and writing will not mix well, I’ve learned to throw it out the door. I’m still an amateur and have work to do. My grammar isn’t the best and I tend to throw in a lot of useless words in my writing.

I’ve been working on short stories because they are fun and easier for a friend to read. There’s no time commitment and I can show what I’m capable of. This also makes it easy for someone to give me feedback.

This past week I’ve shared a short story with three different people, so far the comments were positive with some minor questions. Overall, they enjoyed the story. One person said it even stuck with them for a few days. That was so awesome to me! Fear has always kept me back on showing my work but I’m trying to move past that. I think it’s a good first step.

It’s easy to feel our stories are perfect, even after hours of editing, but there is always something that could be better. I’m learning that having my work critiqued is crucial.

I’ve been using a software called ProWritingAid. It’s been helping me quite a bit and for now is the most cost effective for my work. It’s been helping me see what words I can omit and fixing grammar.

Now if I find a Beta reader to read my 75,000 word novel that’d be great!

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One thought on “Critiquing My Work

  1. This is something I struggle with. I understand the importance of editing and making it great. But I honestly don’t think it’s ever going to be the best it can. And I’m okay with that. I’ve started to look at my writing as a process. So instead of coming out with one “perfect” book (after a million edits), I’m going to come out with several “good” books where readers can follow my growth as a writer. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea or not. But the alternative is to never get anything finished. We’ve gotta stop being so hard on ourselves. 😊

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