Why I Love Critiques

In my post, Finding My Writing Style, I mentioned that I actively solicit critiques and feedback from others about my writing. One site that I joined, and love, is The Write Practice. The members genuinely want to help others improve their writing, so I always look forward to reading critiques they’ve left for me – even when (especially when) they’re less than positive.

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Working with My Writing Style

As much as I want to write creatively, my brain isn’t wired like that. Writing business books and blogs was easy for me because I like facts, and I’m good at breaking that type of information down for people to easily implement. Or, as my husband would say, I’m good at telling people what to do :).

My current works in progress (WIPs) are about friends and family histories, so my previous writing style is the exact opposite of what I need now. Unfortunately, it’s the only one I have.

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Finding My Writing Voice

I didn’t think the move from writing business blog posts and books to creative non-fiction was going to be easy. I just didn’t think the hard part would be finding my new writing voice. I’ve been writing blog posts about interesting family stories for a few years, so I thought of my long form writing as just an extension of those posts.

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Why I Write

I can’t say that I’ve always loved writing; but I’ve always loved stories.

I’m pretty sure that as soon as we could talk, my siblings and I would implore our parents, “Tell us a story about when you were little.”; “What happened to your Uncle Clint again?” ; “What was I like when I was a baby?”

We loved hearing stories about our parents, their families, and ourselves – no matter how many times we heard them. They connected us to our past and gave us glimpses of why we’re who we are – and maybe who we were to become.

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