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Never let family critique your writing.

by Tina1027 on September 4, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

Please, I beg of you. Do not hand that first draft over to your husband, wife, father, mother… Unless, of course, one of them is also a writer, in which case it’s still not a great idea because you’ll probably end up arguing over syntax or symbolism or God knows what else. You’re better off giving your work to a close colleague or acquaintance or really anyone else you trust who isn't a blood relative and living in your house. I made the mistake of asking my husband to read a short story I recently wrote. He told me it was great. "I love it. Good job," he says. But alas, when pressed for details, he couldn't even recall my protagonist's name. I love my husband and I know he loves me, but for the sake of our marriage, I will not be showing him any more of my work. It's not that he doesn't care, he just isn't a reader.Good thing I have plenty of coworkers who are.


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