• Telling Your Story

    The Value of Feedback

    You can appraise this drawing instantly. A writer lives so much in his or her head and, unlike other art forms, writing is harder to share and get feedback. Because you are living in your head, engrossed in your story, you are effectively inside a bubble. You are living and breathing a story that may or may not be good but you don’t have the distance from it to be able to appraise it yourself. Writers can exist in a place that is either filled with anxiety or bursting with their own genius. The solution? Get feedback. Feedback isn’t about feeding your ego (although for some it may be). It’s about gauging…

  • Telling Your Story

    Don’t be a book snob

    Have you ever come across something on Facebook that someone is raving about but you saw it months ago and you think that is so yesterday or where have they been? This is how I feel after reading All That I Am by Anna Funder. I feel like I’ve been under a rock and everyone else knows something good that I didn’t. Here’s why I hadn’t read it so far. I have this thing about book awards. There is no reasoning to it and no logic either. But when a book has been raved about, won numerous awards, I shun it because of how incestuous the publishing industry can be.…