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Coping with critique

A good critique can hone your work and make it better but you need to be ready to take it on the chin. Sophie Beal’s advice will help to soften the blow


If you want your work to achieve its full potential, it is almost essential to get someone else’s opinion. There are a number of ways to go about this. But it almost always involves discomfort. I’m here to help you choose your method, brace yourself for criticism and survive to write another book.

Who needs a critique?

1. You think your work is awful. You have no distance from it. And you need to know if you’re right. You’re hoping someone will disagree.

2. You think your work is perfect. You’re hoping someone will tell you you’re right.

3. You’re stuck on a particular issue.

4. You keep getting rejected. You’ve lost count of your rejections and don’t know what you’re doing wrong.

Places to find a critique

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Want to double your story sales? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we tell you how to turn one idea into two stories. All writers need feedback on their work, and we explore how positive feedback will make you a better writer. Is horror dead? We look at the current state of horror publishing. This month's star interview is author Nikesh Shukla talking about the big issues: life, race and big ideas. Read 20 pages of news about competitions and opportunities to get into print, and there's £60,089 in writing prizes to be won.