When Your Surprise Ending Is Not A Surprise

Recently, I received feedback from one of my beta readers about a YA short story of mine, and they pointed out that I had set the reader up for a surprise ending but hadn’t delivered. And of course, they’re right. In this draft, the narrator tells the...

How I Edit

“Somehow, great editors ask the right questions or pose things to you that get you to write better. It’s a dance between you, your characters, and your editor.” – Patricia MacLachlan I’ve been thinking about how I like to be edited, which made...
“What To Do”… with Critique Feedback

“What To Do”… with Critique Feedback

I was listening to Pandora and Ok Go’s “What To Do?” came on, and it reminded me of when the album first came out and I had made a cassette (cassette!) to bring to work at the pharmacy the summer after I started college. In the song, there’s a...

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