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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Happy Memorial Day!

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Have you kissed a vet today? Or shook one’s hand? Take the time to remember and hug one, don’t pass up a chance to say thank you.

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If not, find one and give them a hug.

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If you or a member of your family served, thank you.

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How is your day as a writer?

Do you ever have a day like this?

You know the kind. One step forward and two steps back. Come on fess up.

I’ll admit some days this is more or less how I write. LOL

Good morning! Fueling up!

 

 

Just one quick look.

 

 

 

 

Research location. Where oh where to put this story? Oh, I’d love to visit Paris. I’ll check flights. Won’t take a minute.
Time to rock-n-roll! I got this.

 

Need to chat with my critique partner. Just one question. My we have a lot to catch up on.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s see what everyone is doing. Just one quick look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to make the magic happen!
WTF did I write that for? Editing, editing, and more editing.
Maybe I need a little adaptation research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

She didn’t post that picture! On no.

 

 

Happy hour! It’s five o’clock somewhere. Tomorrow is another day. Cheers!

Hope you this brought a little fun to your week.

But do tell me. Am I wrong?

Do you write without distraction, nose to the computer?

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Want to know why you need to leave a review?

Do you know why this is important?

I mean really important?

It helps a writer? Yes, of course. But there is more to it than that.

When we eat out, we leave the wait staff a tip. Even if the service is lousy, we leave a tip. Might be small, but we leave something behind. The staff worked hard to provide the meal, and our tip our acknowledgment. We may never return to that restaurant again, but that’s okay.

The same thing holds true for a book. The author works hard to produce a product for readers to enjoy. Some will enjoy the story more than others, but everyone should leave behind a tip (review.) Short and sweet, or long and eloquent, leave a review it doesn’t matter.

Don’t know what to say? Here’s a tip: read what others have said and to get ideas, to prime your thoughts into your own words.

Don’t have time to write a wordy review? Click on the stars but leave behind that tip with a one or five star review.

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Remember to let the author know you read their book. The best way to do that is to write a review. Leaving your footprints in the sands of Amazon and Goodreads is important.

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What has kept you from leaving a review in the past?

Was it fear? Didn’t like the book? Didn’t know what to say?

Think you could leave a short review now?

Talk to me – I love comments.

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Keep reading for more about reviews!

Book Reviews: Why They’re So Important to Authors

Why the Right Book Reviews are So Important for Authors

HOW IMPORTANT ARE BOOK REVIEWS?