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Openings in The Prose Shop

The Prose Shop is an online critique forum for writers of picture books and magazine stories in prose for children up to 12 years of age. 210 more words

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A good day in the Mind-Doh factory

I’ve spent the day working on the third draft of my work-in-progress. Thanks to three reads (partial and full manuscripts) from the wonderful Writing Roosters critique group, the book is in pretty decent shape, which makes for a pleasant writing experience. 47 more words


Thoughts on Having My Novel Critiqued

It’s the worst feeling in the world.

The end.

But of course that’s not the end at all.  Indeed, the realization of how wretched having your work critiqued can be is only just the beginning of a new stage of your writing journey. 1,316 more words


Five Word Friday

Today’s 5 words were taken from Mom’s newest story. The story is finished, but not finished. It’s resting until she opens it again to change things – especially the ending. 226 more words

Children's Literature

What Makes a Critique Group Good (or Bad)

Hi there fellow writers! Sorry for being absent over the past month, my life got crazy busy. I wrote seventy-thousand words for Camp NaNo, and I found a new job, so I barely had any free time. 810 more words

Writing Advice

Of Dirt, Debit Cards, and Primroses

Yesterday my debit card was declined three times in a row. I couldn’t understand it. I always track my spending and knew I was in no danger of overdrawing my bank account. 327 more words

Month 8: Short Story Collection Typing

This month I am sharing the same struggle I faced last month: typing all my stories that I’ve written longhand. Last month I realized my… 370 more words