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

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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.


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