I love my critique group. Like superheroes they open their laptops and design wit and wisdom through every line! With their help, I will avoid the neon signs marking novice writing and glaring amateurish errors. Here’s what I learned just last night:
- Make every word count.
- Keep statements turned toward the positive side.
- Cut up three-line sentences.
- Start sentences with intention.
- End with strong words.
- Avoid using pronouns to begin or end sentences.
- Avoid using it or this anytime
- Avoid repeating words – oops.
- Use a comma before the word “and.”
- Don’t apply quotations marks outside of dialogue – oops, again.
- Action verbs intensify sentences.
- Eliminate passive, helping verb usage with -ing words following.
Checklist gold, the expert suggestions from this group confirm one major truth.