Evaluation Time

Every once in awhile, I like to stop and evaluate myself. And I love to get feedback from you, the followers of this website. After all, without readers, I might as well blog to my office walls—which I love for their greenness, but not for their conversational skills.

I don’t want to keep doing the same old thing if it’s getting boring. For example, I’ve been talking about second drafts since December; anyone sick of it yet?? I’m far from done with my second draft, and I’m sure I could think of more topics concerning it . . . but perhaps I’ve exhausted the interest of my audience. If that’s the case, the question is: what next?

Projects I’ve done in the past:  critiquing, querying, first drafts, and second drafts. I’d be open to more critiques, or perhaps detailed looks at grammar, mechanics, etc. I could skip ahead to third drafts. I could post writing prompts to help inspire you. I could ask deep writing questions and let all of you philosophize in the comments.

One reader expressed interest in learning more about poetry. I think this would be a good summer project though, so I still need a spring project.

You tell me—what are you interested in?? What would help you grow as a writer?? I am open to all ideas and suggestions, so please leave a comment. I’d really appreciate it!

Everyone still enjoying the book club? I know I am. But I thought about moving it to Saturdays. Any preferences?

On a personal note, a friend of mine is encouraging me to try editing on a professional level. Just out of curiosity, do you know anyone who is wanting to hire a freelance editor?

In link news . . .

If you’re a writer who’s already making money—or hoping to start this year—read this post about tax tips for self-employed writers.

Attending a writing conference this year? Check out these five articles on how to make the most of your conference experience, including the best way to pitch an agent.

Don’t forget to read MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by March 3rd!


2 thoughts on “Evaluation Time

  1. I think that you’re a really great teacher. I like your style–informative, and positive.
    My favorite of all your posts are when you teach us something. Anything. I always look forward to those posts. 🙂
    Actually, I look forward to all your posts. But those are my favorite.

  2. Aww . . . you just made my day, Ellie. 😀 Which you’re really great at, by the way! Thank you!!

    I was thinking . . . maybe some technical analysis. Remember how I said I wished I could transfer my editorial thoughts, like why I choose certain punctuation, etc? What if I tried a few posts like that? I could take a rough excerpt of something and then try to show my thought process of how I edit it. What do you think??

    OH, and I got your email!! Very exciting!! I have a few edits I want to make, and I hope to get it back to you tomorrow night!!

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