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May 17, 2012

You have presented your ten page masterpiece to five or six individuals for critique. This is one of the most precious and terrifying moments for a new writer–true  feedback in an atmosphere of trust. It is also humbling. These people have actually taken the time to read your work. It is now your job to be quiet. Keep your head down, listen and take notes. Listen for agreement and for disagreement, listen for understanding, or lack of understanding, listen for the same mistake you make repeatedly that really bugs the reader. (Yes, yes I know there is only one space after a period.)

Like writing, listening is a skill.  If you are part of a writing group, practice it.

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