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Corrections


When belonging to a critique group, one has to have a thick skin. You are passing your baby, your pride and joy, into someone else’s hands and letting them scribble all over it in red and blue pen making changes, or rather, suggestions, that they think will be helpful.
Take it just as that – suggestions!!!
When you get home and stare at all the crossed out words, add-ins and question marks, remember that they are just suggestions. You have the final say about what you decide to change or fix. You don’t HAVE to do anything you don’t want to – it’s your book after all.
But remember, these people who you have entrusted your manuscript to are trying to help, trying to get you that much closer to the finish line. And another set of eyes does wonders and catches things you missed.
I am very grateful for my critique group and love them to bits. I have learned so much and I will miss them over the Christmas holidays.
Merry Christmas guys. We’re back at it in the New Year.

1 thought on “Corrections”

  1. Just read your comment, Tricia, and it reminded me of a wise remark by one of the presenters at the Kamloops Writers’ Fair recently. At least, I thought it was good advice!

    As you have said, it’s our choice what we do with suggestions and critiques but, she* said, “Do look at the wording that has been marked out. It probably needs something…” I find this suggestion very helpful.

    *Unfortunately, I cannot remember which presenter said this.

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