Is your writing good or bad? Want to know?

You know when the writing in a book is good or bad.

It’s something we just know. But for some reason, we are blinded when applying the same standard to our own writing.

Because we get too close to the story. The characters are friends and family. And who wants to be mean to people we love? There are endless reasons.

But as writers, it’s important to know when our writing is good.

Want to know? Want to be a great writer? Keep reading.

“Bad writing is writing defensively; good writing is a way of making the self as vulnerable as possible.” Source: WHAT MAKES BAD WRITING BAD by K.D. Dowdall

How do you judge good writing?

Do you rely on friends and partners to tell you the truth?

What stood out in Ms. Dowdall’s article?

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You won’t get lost with this valuable tool

Writers, find your way with Google maps.

Write a richer story when you step onto the streets of your tale.

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One day, I wrote a character stopped at Starbucks but turns out there are no Starbucks on that street. Duh! I assumed by now, a Starbucks existed on every street in America. I was wrong. Thank you, Google Maps.

If you have an Iphone you might enjoy the Apple Maps app. The 3D effect on a handheld device, although small, is fun to play with. Made me feel as if I was the character walking down my street.

With the maps tool, you can visit any town, drive down any street, and walk up to the door of any gin joint you choose. Will help you avoid my mistake and know for sure if there is a gin joint or Starbucks there. LOL

Thanks to Sheila Good over at Cow Pasture Chronicles for a great post on using Google Maps. Pop over and check it out.

Another Great Tool for Writers by Sheila Good

Have you used the 3D street view on Google Maps?

Do you use a different program?

Do you think visualizing locations helps your story?

Talk to me – I love reading your comments.

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