Two Words That Writers Should Avoid at All Costs by Misha Herwin

Renegade Writers

Picture the situation. It’s writing group. You have read out your work to fellow writers and now you are sitting back waiting for the feedback. You’re nervous naturally; none of us find it easy to take what we perceive as criticism, but in general you think that what you’ve brought isn’t too bad. There are of course one or two tweaks you know you should make, but it works well, or does it?

According to the group, there are flaws, quite major ones. A character does not convince, a historical piece contains glaring anachronisms, the dialogue is clumsy, the sex scenes risible. At this point you are desperate to defend your work. “Yes but…” you begin.

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