Writers Tip #68: Three Tips From David Shenk

I always find it difficult to get feedback. It would be awesome naturally to get feedback from as many sources as possible before self-publishing, or before sending for publication as the case may be. However, finding sources for feedback is far from easy. At one time I used a critique group which is a great resource. You hone your own critiquing skills while you are at it. But your chapters are in a line up of pending stories and chapters. It can take a very long time to get a novel reviewed that way and rarely all the way through by one person. I may consider that though for my next novel. Yet if you are close to publication of a self-published work then that is not an option. I have something I am just working through the final touches on. Or so I hope. It would be nice if I had peeps in my life to give me feedback. Yet I clearly do not or I would have utilized the hell out of them. Perhaps if I pestered more people? Hmmm.

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tips come from David Shenk,non-fiction author of The Forgetting and The Genius in All of Us. If you’re a non-fic writer like I am, you’ll enjoy the lecture David Shenk gave at Brown University, November 11 2009, called “The Art of Nonfiction“. For all my fiction friends out there–and for myself as I struggle to finish my thriller by the end of summer–you’ll find these three tips critical. Good writing crosses all lines.


  1. Make it great, no matter how long it takes. There’s no such thing as too many…

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