Wednesday links: Multiple points of view, writer’s doubt, and online critiques

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

1. When You Write In Multiple Points of View, from WOW! Women On Writing: Writing a novel from multiple characters’ points of view can definitely have its benefits, but you need to be careful with the tactic. Most importantly, you need to be sure that every point of view has a purpose. Excerpt: “I am a huge Divergent fan, but one thing that drove me crazy in book three was the alternating points of view between Tris and Four. I didn’t feel like I could always tell whose point of view the chapter was in unless I read the title. Plus, until the end of the book,  I wondered why the author chose both points of view.”

2. 5 Tips to Gain Confidence and Overcome Writer’s Doubt, from Live Write Thrive: Every writer has their moments of doubt – those moments when you can’t help thinking, “Can I really do this?” But you need to make sure you don’t let that doubt win. Excerpt: “Writer’s Doubt is insidious. It’s the fear within each of us that causes us to stall, reconsider, and—if we don’t fight back and overcome it—end up quitting.”

3. Posting your work for online crits?, from Janet Reid: Getting critiques from others is part of the writing process, there’s no question there. But where those critiques are coming from matters. Excerpt: “You always want to be in the bottom third of a crit group. You want to be getting crits from writers with sharper skills and more tricks of the trade than you currently have.”

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