I don’t know about you,
After a three or four year period of writing fiction, those early critiques were so awfully constructed that evertyone who read my early work had told me a varient of the two biggest issues in my stories. One of which is way better now than it once was, the second not so much. What are they?
1. Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation (Did I mention Grammar?)
2. Go to a writer’s conference
I probably hear this more than Show, don’t tell these days, but as much as I’d like to attend a conference like the big ones SCBWI held in New York and California, I just can’t afford them, and that doesn’t include, airfare, hotel expensies, food, and shopping! There’s more, but I won’t bore you further.
I’ve had to learn much of what I know now the old school “Hard Knocks” way, and trust me, I’ve come close to either quitting or letting my stubborn streak get out of control.
While we can’t always avoid certain frustrations with writing, nor can we force our books on agents and/or editors because we know just because the query letters are bad, the actual book isn’t,
Still, there are things we can do on our own that will make us better writers,