Requesting feedback is a valuable - and critical - element of the writing process. When it's positive, feedback can encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise lack momentum. On a more granular level, it can reveal what's strongest about your writing, which characters and storylines readers respond to the most, etc. All in all, it's a wonderful motivator in what can be an extremely lonely endeavor.
Negative feedback, while sometimes (or perhaps always)…Continue
Knowing which punctuation to use with the word "however" is tricky. However, it's important to get it correct, so here's a brief explanation.
As demonstrated above, when "however" means "in spite of that" and appears at the beginning of a sentence, it is…Continue
I recently started taking a crazy fitness class at my gym. I like the instructor, but I secretly think he may be trying to kill us! I spend most of the class praying for it to be over, keeping one eye on the clock while trying not to fall off the medicine ball, or out of my plank, or messing up some equally torturous position.
When the time to catch our breath and stretch finally comes, I'm always thrilled. However, I often have a hard time relaxing right away because the…Continue
Last year, an old friend called me out of the blue. It had been ages since we'd talked, so I was thrilled to hear from him. He said he'd decided to write a novel and wanted to bounce the premise off me. Knowing how funny this guy is, I couldn't wait to hear his idea—and I wasn't disappointed. What he had in mind was hilarious. I told him as much, wished him the best, and said to keep me posted.
I e-mailed him on his birthday a couple months ago and asked how the novel was…Continue