Are you teachable? Whether you’ve been writing for 1 month, five years, or twenty years, you need to be teachable. There is always something to learn.


I have learned and gleaned lots of valuable information from my critique group, the Wordsmiths. The ladies who make up our happy octave could collectively compile a wealth of knowledge that would fill many volumes of teaching aids. I have learned everything from recognizing author intrusion to writing great cliff hangers.


But I had to be willing to put their suggestions into practice. Just because they offered their advice and priceless tips, I still had to be the one to perfect and fine tune so the ideas could be functional on the printed page.


If you want your writing to work, you must be teachable. Take a class, go to a conference, and/or join a critique group. Whatever you do, never stop learning!

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