Nobody likes preachy writing. But what, exactly, makes writing preachy? Is it possible to inspire readers to change their minds and actions without being preachy?
Why do publishers and agents expect unpublished authors to have a newsletter with hundreds of subscribers? What’s the point of a newsletter for an author who doesn’t have a contract yet?
Whether you’re joining a group or starting your own, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Online? In person? A range of veterans to novices, or a group of peers? Once a week? Once a month?
In this article, we’ll ask the questions every critique group must ask—and give you the tools you need to answer them.
“The night was dark.”
Yes, that was a real opening line. And the author had no clue how bad it was.
Is there hope for bad writers? Or is writing simply a matter of talent?