• CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR YOU

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWSHey writer, do you know that criticism can be good for you? It’s actually true, and today I’m here to tell you why. “The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale – In this…

  • DID YOU SAY IMPOSTOR SYNDROME?

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    WRITERS WEDNESDAY: For someone who struggles with impostor syndrome, evidence to the contrary doesn’t matter. They may be a renowned author, selling millions of books, or winning literary prizes and still feel like they don’t deserve any of it. They may find themselves amassing...

  • THE WIDER CURRENCY OF CRITICISM

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Hey writer, do you know that successful people tend to look at the wider currency of criticism? Instead of taking each review – whether positive or negative – too much to heart, they see it for what it is: Useful feedback to extract data from. And no, that…

  • CRITIQUE MAKES YOU STRONGER

    3 ways criticism makes you stronger

    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Hey writer, do you believe that critique makes you stronger? Most of us could share quite a few stories about the criticism we’ve received in our days and the mark it left on our psyche. We all know it can leave us feeling weak, misunderstood, and vulnerable,…

  • DO YOU KNOW WHY IT HURTS?

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Do you know why it hurts? Criticism stings, and it can sting even more for writers as it relates to something we made. Something that may be deeply personal, or that we feel very protective of. But then again, as Aristotle taught us: “Criticism is something you…

  • NOT ALL FEEDBACK IS VALID

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Not all feedback is valid. I can’t stress this enough, so I’ll say it again: Not all feedback is valid!  As I’ve mentioned before, people can’t help themselves. They just love to dish out criticism for all sorts of reasons, whether they know what they’re talking about…

  • WE ALL GET BAD REVIEWS

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS No love, you’re not alone - we all get bad reviews. Every single storyteller, every single creator, gets bad reviews. Granted, some get more than others, but generally speaking, we all get our confidences knocked down a peg or two every now and then. But it doesn’t…

  • JUST DON’T BE A DICK

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Once upon a time I used to love reading the reviews in The Sunday Times. It was my most precious indulgence as a poor single mum living in the north of Sweden. I’d pick up the thick envelope from my newsagents on Wednesdays and put it aside…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION
    Better Under Pressure?

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    HEY WRITER, do you know that the idea that you work better under pressure is a myth? It’s actually a misguided belief a lot of us tell ourselves. Studies show that no one works better under pressure, so why do we hold on to this belief? Psychologists say it’s a…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION
    Don’t Let It Ruin Your Life

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    HEY WRITER, did you know that people tend to think of procrastination as something personal? Yep, it’s true. They also tend to believe that avoiding and/or putting off tasks is a solitary decision that doesn’t have much of an impact besides creating something of a time crunch. But guess what?…

  • CRITICISM
    When To Pay Attention?

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    HEY WRITER, do you know when you need to pay attention to negative feedback? And, by extension, when you should just ignore it? “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION:
    – You’re Not Alone

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    HEY WRITER, are you a procrastinator? Then you’re in good company. Everyone procrastinates at times. Everyone. At any given time, it’s estimated that 20% of people are procrastinating some aspect of their lives. “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS
    DOs and DON’Ts for Critics

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    HEY WRITER, have ever you been a critique partner? Maybe a member of a writing group? Or, my personal nightmare, had friends and/or family ask you to give them feedback on something they wrote? After all the posts about being on the receiving end of criticism, today, I want to…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION:
    – No, You’re Not Lazy

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    HEY WRITER, did you know that procrastination is  not the same as laziness?Generally speaking, when it comes to getting things done, there are three types of people: – Those who take action quickly; – Those who wait until the last minute; and – Those who put in minimal effort Those…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION
    A 30-Day Challenge

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    HEY WRITER, do struggle with procrastination? Yeah, I thought that might be the case. But no worries, I have a series of articles that could change your life. First off, you’re not alone. Everyone procrastinates from time to time. Avoidance is a natural way to protect ourselves from stress, pain, fear,…