Archive for December 14th, 2008

Tip of the Day which is never daily and occasionally tip like.

Stephen King, in his how to book, said that writers should read. Even the bad stuff. You learn from others mistakes and successes. And the best place to see a variety is in a contest.

There are no restrictions or expectations because they are not your critique group. But remember that turn about is fair play. Tell what they got wrong and suggest ways to fix it. It makes you stretch as a writer, will help them produce better books (their readers will thank you), and when they are judging your entry, hopefully, they’ll provide the same courtesy.

Places you can be an ameutuer contest judge: Contests are more prolific in the Romance industry but a few mystery groups have contest or critique services as a fund raiser. As a contest co-chair I know they are always looking for judges. Google it and Volunteer.

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