Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

8.2.1 Reflecting again

Figure 5

It pays dividends to not only pause when receiving comments on work but also to write about it.

Activity 8.4 Writing down your reflections

Think about these questions:

  • How did you go about the rewrite and why?
  • What editorial criticisms did you reject and why?
  • Did you agree with all of the recommendations? Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to cut an apparently successful aspect of a story because it jars with the rest of the story. It might be good but doesn’t fit.
  • What do you consider to be working well in the story?
  • What in the story still needs work?
  • How did the editorial comments compare to your own earlier reflection on the story – the one you wrote in Being your own critic?

Now write a reflection in your notebook of 200–300 words on your responses to the editorial comments and your subsequent decisions.

Next, you’ll reflect in a different way, in a quiz summarising your journey on this course.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371