Apr 30 2016

#atozchallenge Z is for Zak @thezakkhan #Writing #Editing #NaNoWriMo #WLCAuthor

The craft of fiction writing is the Theme for the #atozchallenge 2016 on the blog of @JLenniDorner
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26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples

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Z is for “Zak”
Book: How To Build Good Writing Habits by Zak Khan
My dice roll: 241 (ebook location out of 499)
Lesson: Regular, Positive Criticism

Find someone to give you honest criticism, even if it’s sometimes harsh. Criticism and opinions from others, especially in the early stages, can spark ideas. Share your plot, theme, and premise.

This will also toughen you up for when rejections come from agents, publishers, or reviewers. Getting your name out there is a mark of success.

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You may notice that I went hashtag crazy with this title.

There’s no writing to be done for this exercise. So I’m going to spend my final challenge day suggesting two places where a writer might get this “Regular, Positive Criticism.”

Beta Readers are difficult to find. Join the World Literary Cafe and make the search easier.

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Be a #nanowrimo writing buddy of @JLenniDorner

I’m now going to plug 3 people from one of my local nanowrimo chapters who signed up for the atozchallenge.

http://uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com/ — Jamie Dorner (My cousin-in-law, friend, and lovely assistant.)

http://iveybooks.com/ — The group leader

https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/ — ADULT CONTENT erotic writer

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of Red Line Editing for making this month’s posts as error free as possible.

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  1. Criticism can be difficult to take, but constructive criticism is one of the most important things to have. It’s how we learn and grow.
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  2. I always believe in constructive criticism that never gets personal. A great write up:)


  3. Reading and writing is a subjective experience. It is possible to receive negative and positive critism relating to the same piece. As long as it’s not something like a gramatical error and I’m happy with it, it stays!

    My final A-Z story features 13 neglected Z words
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    • Julie on April 30, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine =)

    Reading Life

    • Jo Wake on April 30, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Thanks for the visit this morning. Glad we made it through to the end.

    • Juneta on April 30, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Congrats on making it to the end. Good post. Given constructively it can make a huge difference in the way you view your writing too allowing you to see your weaknesses, so you can work on making them stronger.
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  4. Good criticism is helpful indeed. Congrats on making it to the end.

    • Beverly on April 30, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    I’ve never heard of this book or the rest of your information. Thanks for the tips. Will have to check on them. Also thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you.
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  5. Thanks for the tip on finding beta readers. This is something I need to address since my local writing group fell apart.
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  6. I agree it is important to toughen up as a writer–not just for putting your work in front of agents and editors, but buyers/readers later on. It’s the only job I’ve had where complete strangers tell me exactly what they think of my work. (!)

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  7. I agree — honest feedback is invaluable.
    Thanks for stopping by by blog during A to Z!

    Yvonne V
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