Are you writing on a desert island?
It probably feels like you’re all alone sometimes.
There’s only one way to change that. Meeting other writings. Working with them. Critiquing each other’s stories.
If you’re like me, you’re the only children’s writer in your circle of “real life” friends. But that doesn’t mean we can’t surround ourselves with other writers – if not in real life, then online.
Why bother reaching out?
There are so many reasons to network with other kids’ writers! Being around other writers makes me more creative – and I don’t mean stealing their ideas, which I’d never do. It gets my own creativity going and lets me bounce ideas off other real human beings.
But here’s the most important reason…
We all need feedback to make our writing better.
Hands down, the best way to get feedback is to SHARE feedback with others. If your feedback is helpful, your own writing circles will expand and you’ll have an even bigger group you can exchange ideas with.
And the VERY best way to share feedback is in a sandwich.
The feedback most writers are hoping for is known as a critique. Sometimes, people get together in loosely or formally structured critique groups. However you find one another (a topic for another post!), you must know how to craft a critique that can help other writers without discouraging them.
That’s where the sandwich comes in.
You simply cannot have a sandwich without bread. And bread, in this metaphor, is… PRAISE.