Great writing advice from The Writer magazine

I received the February 2009 issue. What I’ve read so far contains this golden nugget of literary advice: Keep an open mind when it comes to criticism, using it to help you improve as a writer, but learn to filter out the the bad advice.

For example: in the recent fiction piece I submitted to Writer’s Digest, someone told me they felt it was unlikely that so soon after someone being shot that the pond they were in would turn red. Great, practical advice. Someone else, though, didn’t like where I’d placed a distinguishable scar on a character and suggested I move it to a “cool place”. Bad advice.

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