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In this guest post for WordServe Water Cooler, I explain how I learned to take praise, critique, and even bad reviews in stride. The Writing Life Developing a Thicker Skin via @JanalynVoigt | Wordserve Water Cooler

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by Anne R. Allen Beginning novelists are like Tolstoy’s happy families. They tend to be remarkably alike. Certain mistakes are common to almost all beginners. These things aren’t necessarily wrong, but they are difficult to do well—and get in the way of smooth storytelling They also make it easy for professionals—and a lot …

"Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong." --Neil Gaiman, writing advice

Hardwired for Story: What Are the Effects of Writing on the Brain?

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Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. - Mark Twain, Xlibris Publishing Writing Quotes