How a workshop helped me

Recently I took part in a writing workshop outside my genre. At the time the experience wasn’t enjoyable. It was my first time receiving heavy criticism from a group of strangers.

As with many learning experiences it took time for the gains to percolate through. In my writing session today I thought about what my readers would say about my piece.

What I’ve learnt is to imply less and explain more. It’s a good idea to satisfy the reader’s curiosity.

For example, my story begins after the death of a grandmother. Even though she’s not a living character in this story I’m going to have to explain quite a bit about her, including the cause of death.

Cause of death has nothing to do with the story but missing it out will bug some readers.

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