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No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1470042134
ISBN-10: 1470042134
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470042134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470042134
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura J. Oliver on November 6, 2012
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Victoria Hudson's "No Red Pen" is a straightforward primer on how to give other writers feedback on their work. As the author of "The Story Within, New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Books,) and as a creative writing instructor who has taught at two universities, I still found the very sane and gentle reminders in this book to be helpful. Writers sharing work are exceptionally vulnerable and learning how to give and receive feedback, even after several careful readings, requires practice and skill. This book will give those who are not adept at this experience, a place to start; a way to hold the tension in a positive way that serves writer and reader alike.
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When I first joined a writers critique group, I had no clue as to what to expect. The people in the group responded in a variety of manners. When I heard about this book, I ordered a copy. It was great advice. As a college student in English and writing classes, several professors have instructed their students in the same vein as Victoria Hudson writes. The book is of such value, that I've purchased five copies to share.

I have not found any other publication that approaches the quality of Hudson's book.
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To write well, we need honest, specific criticism. We need to know what works and what doesn't. We need both, "your piece made me feel..." and "in chapter nn it would help if you changed <something concrete>." What we don't need are suggestions that we write an altogether different story or vague criticisms "there was something about this that did <didn't> work..."
We also need all the help we can get!
In No Red Pen, Ms. Hudson provides the guidelines for developing writing groups that optimize the input to your manuscript so that you can optimize your output.
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If you are a writer, critique and criticism are inevitable. Hudson takes a few chapters to outline how to find a writer's group that will help you critique your work so the criticism is less. The simple, easy to follow steps will guide you through where to find the group, what you might encounter, and dealing with the fears of criticism. But most importantly she covers the steps for critiquing someone's work.

The book was small at only 57 pages. But I felt that the author got the points across. The writing was clear and easy to follow. She mentions that this isn't a how-to for a writer's group. But I think that every writer's group should read this book. It will definitely help make the process easier and less difficult if these simple instructions were followed more often.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
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