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Friday, July 17, 2015

Critique and Write

Critique and write are required for poems, articles to biographies. It's a two-step process for writers before displaying the finished work. The order depends on the writer. Often, writers poo-poo the thought of any encounter with a critique. Why? The process drains energy, if you allow it to.

1. Put the work aside.
2. You get an emotional rest as you leave the project alone.
3. Spin the critiquing portion into a game.

How long of a break is needed from a writing project? The more involved a writing project is, more time away is suggested. You'll come-back refreshed and with new ideas. So, less time is needed between you and the critiquing process when it comes to short writing projects. There're other factors like the number of projects being worked on, deadlines and the writer's life.

1. Calendar in what has to be critiqued.
2. Shuffle-out stress.
3. Focus on a funny or happy memory.

The determination has been made about which writing project to critique. Some may feel that the most difficult part is over. Still others run close to panic. Think positive. At least, a goal has been met. This is a moment to calm down.

1. Take a deep breath.
2. Relax.
3. Bring along an apple for a reward, for example.

You're ready to critique and write. At this second, you're the editor. You, too, can treat the writing project as a friend's work. The point is to be objective. Use a composition book or some means of note-taking. Jot down notes on how to make improvements after reading it out-loud.

1. Check the grammar.
2. How is your sentence structure?
3. Syntax?

The critiquing game begins. Drag stress to the waste-basket. Giggle at your mistakes. Did you really make that error? Did you use "bear" instead of "bare?" Remember, shorter paragraphs are more effective. 

1. Make notes on to use verbs, for example.
2. Note-taking exposes what you need to work on.
3. Writing is a continuous learning process.

A goal is to have clear, strong and interesting writing. Writers want readers to have learned, laughed and/or displayed some emotion. You don't want a reader to find "their" in your writing where "there" was meant.

1. Comb through your work relaxed. 
2. Provide yourself enough time to critique.
3. Find humor in your mistakes, but learn from them.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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