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Welcome to the 21st issue of the Weekly Prophet, a weekly newsletter that focuses on creative writing, publishing opportunities, life. Hello, new subscribers! Thanks for being here. 
Langley | November 22, 2020

The Art of Receiving Feedback 

I've been trying to find a critique partner to help me write for two reasons:

  1. I miss having a writing group. I haven't found one I like since university. 
  2. I want another writer to look over my manuscript to give me feedback on what's working and what's not. 
So I've joined Facebook groups, put a call out on my blog, etc., for a partner, but I'm having trouble finding a good fit. Either people don't answer my call or get upset when I tell them their brainchild needs work. 

The truth is we don't want to hear bad things about our writing or to receive a rejection. I get it, it sucks. However, I don't deserve to have my head ripped off either. 

So if you're working with an editor, beta reader, critique partner, etc. here are some things to help make the receiving process easier:
  • Try to control your defensiveness and be approachable. It can be daunting for someone to give you feedback if you’re throwing off “do not talk to me about my work” vibes. Being unapproachable can make giving you feedback uncomfortable because we can feel your defensiveness.
  • Ask questions to clarify. I like this because it a) shows that you’re listening and b) you want to find a solution, not just formulating a response. You can ask for examples and stories that reflect what is being said, for example.
  • Show appreciation for the feedback you received – whether you want the feedback or not or whether you think it has value. This person is taking the time to review your work, and you should acknowledge that. 
  • Keep your emotions under control. You don't want to say anything out of anger. Using stress management techniques may help keep your emotions in check to comprehend what's being said fully. If that's not going to work, you can always revisit the discussion at a later date.
  • Check your ego. I know we all think that we're Stephen King's or J.K. Rowling's, but their stories had a lot of work done on them before it being published. You're not exempt from the process. 
I know this is easier said than done, but know that most other writers have your best interests at heart, and if you don't think they gave you good advice, you can always check in with someone else. 

Practicing these things will, believe it or not, help you become a better writer. It also makes you more comfortable to work with and make people want to work with you. You may write fantastic stories, but if you're hard to collaborate with, it'll narrow your development as a writer.

And don't beat yourself up afterward. You can fix what's wrong with your manuscript. Sure, it means more work on your end. But it also pushes you one step closer to getting published. 

Upcoming Publishing Opportunities

I want you to have more time to prepare your submissions, so here's a look at some upcoming publishing opportunities:
  • Volney Road Review is a paying online publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
  • Author's Publish has a list of 20 publishing opportunities for poets in November 2020. 
  • The Sunshine Review publishes poetry and short stories. The deadline to submit is December 30, 2020. The password to view the page is TSR-Issue#1.
Good luck to everyone who chooses to submit! Please don't forget to check out the publisher to ensure that your work is a good fit, and follow submission guidelines to the letter. 

This week on Danielle Adams... 

Cardinal Rule Press produces high-quality children’s literature that empowers children through timeless messages of hope, courage, and the Golden Rule.

On Tuesday, we talked about the crime novel. If you've ever wanted to write a book that's told from the criminal's perspective, then this is the post you should check out. 
Blue Mesa Review is an established publisher of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
On Thursday, we talked about how to use forensic properly in your story. This post is full of research resources, infographics, and writing tips. 
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