Just Like God

By Anna Pendleton

 

Her eyes, that night, were alight with fear

Her face could hardly be seen through the tears

Her heart racing like a horse on the run

A bleeding soul. Her life was over; the fight done

Screaming out for some form of relief

Desperately searching for something called belief

She saw the darkness start to close in

Fighting was useless, fear would eventually win

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Forget And Not Slow Down

No, this isn’t an article about Reliant K’s song by the same name. Borrowing from their title, however, forget and don’t slow down.

How does this apply to writing?

Well, it falls under something I’ve been learning about recently: acceptance.

In my current novel, my main character is an artist. She wants to go to art school. That is her dream. I thought her price to accomplish the story-goal would be losing her hearing, but kept getting this feeling that going deaf wasn’t going to work. It wasn’t enough of a price, because going deaf wouldn’t change the outcome of her dream.

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How To Take Criticism Well

Criticism. A frightening word. Criticism has such a negative connotation associated with it, that many a writer instinctively prepares their defenses at the mere utterance of the word.  Criticism is naturally a hard pill to swallow, butit doesn’t have to be. In fact, learning how to take criticism well is essential to our growth as writers.

Truth be told, I’m really not the one who should be writing an article on how to take criticism. I have actually been told that I’m defensive. Yes me! How can I refute such a claim? There is really no way to defend against being called defensive without sounding defensive. I guess it’s true. However, I do think I’m getting better, and I have learned a few things along the way that I would like to share with you.

And now, five tips on how to take criticism:

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