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Why can I not self-reflect on my own writing critically? How can I self-edit?

Let the Manuscript Rest In order to see your own errors, you often need a little distance. Can't see typos? You brain is filling in what you meant to say. Can't see plot holes? You're still too ...
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Why can I not self-reflect on my own writing critically? How can I self-edit?

One trick that's helped me in the past quite a lot is to change the entire document into a different font. I'm not exactly sure how or why this works but I remember reading about it somewhere and ...
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As a new poet, where can I find help from a professional to judge my work?

Go to a local university and speak with a writer in residence or a professor who is well-respected. Take creative writing courses and listen to the feedback. Join a writers group - but remember, ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com beneficial for poets and writers?

I've had a look at allpoetry.com, a few review sites such as sitejabber.com and sites reporting about it such as PlagiarismToday.com. On their registration site they mention quite a huge number of ...
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Who has copyright of Amazon reviews?

The author retains copyright. Amazon does not claim to control or own customer reviews. Instead they claim a right of "sublicense" where they are allowed to republish the review forever. They ...
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When to ask for feedback of novel?

Yes, you can ask for feedback at any and all of those stages. The feedback which is helpful at any stage is "This works and here's why" and "This doesn't work and here's why." The "here's why" is ...
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How do we write a good feedback as a beta-reader?

The answer would greatly depend on who you're beta-reading for, and what they ask you for. One writer might have specific questions they'd want you to answer. Another would just ask for your ...
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As a new poet, where can I find help from a professional to judge my work?

There are many places to get good feedback for your work. You said you wanted a professional to look over your work and in that case, if you plan on publishing, I would suggest hiring an editor. But ...
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Why can I not self-reflect on my own writing critically? How can I self-edit?

The problem to overcome is be a different person, which implies changing focus, metrics, perspective, involvement, interest etc. A few suggestions to broaden your limits, in arbitrary order. Pick a ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com beneficial for poets and writers?

This site doesn't seem to be explicitly listed as a vanity/scam on the Writer's Beware list here: https://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/anthologies/ , but I was thinking of ...
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As a new poet, where can I find help from a professional to judge my work?

Poetry is a tough art to critique, because it's extremely personal, making it very subjective. In particular, given the modern forms tend to be rule-breaking, it can also be hard to judge, even on a ...
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How do I indicate a superfan review vs a social-criticism essay?

I would recommend watching SFDebris' various "Opinionated Guides to Star Trek" (which to date have entries for all 6 live action series, the Animated Series, and the Films). He is of course a ...
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Can a book be reviewed even if it's decades old?

Of course you can write a review. It's perfectly possible and doable. But there's little demand on the market if any for reviews of old books. So if you want to offer it to some medium for publishing (...
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Why can I not self-reflect on my own writing critically? How can I self-edit?

There are several factors that can go into problems with self-editing. The foremost is that editing is hard. Whether it's developmental editing, line editing, or copy editing, it takes effort to learn ...
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When to ask for feedback of novel?

My husband is also a writer, so I'm constantly bouncing ideas off of him throughout my researching and plotting phases. Usually by the time I'm writing, I don't say much about story changes. But once ...
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Writing a book review

Publishers tend to look to other authors for book reviews, because they can add statements from these authors that give the promoted book weight. You can look at blogs, Amazon and Goodreads for ...
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Is there a crowd-sourced site for reviews and critique?

I would recommend Scribophile Scibophile is a writing critique site based around earning points and then spending them to have others review your work. While there is a paid option to the site, this ...
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What type of writing do reviews fall under?

Review writing is in fact a type of journalism, and is generally classified as opinion writing. As such there's few hard and fast rules about how to go about it. Success as a reviewer mainly depends ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com beneficial for poets and writers?

If you are looking for actually useful feedback on your poems, I would suggest something like Scribophile (don't know if there are other sites that do the same thing). On Scribophile, you earn karma ...
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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

Coming to this question 2 years after it was posted, I find the following: Of a total of 11 reviews, there is 1 5-star review, 1 4-star review, and 9 1-star reviews. Nothing in-between. Of the low ...
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Is using NetGalley as valuable as it promises?

Difficult and subjective question. I'm sure it's a good investment for some books and not for others. As head of a smaller indie press, I didn't find it to be a worthwhile value for the cost. ...
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How can I write compelling blog posts?

There is no best way, at least not a best way for all possible readers. Trying to be excellent for the broadest selection of readers is an impossible task. So don't go down that path. I do not know ...
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How to prepare a manuscript for submission?

So firstly, printing actual copies of your book to give to beta readers is a really bad idea. It costs loads of money when they could be reading it on the internet. When you are actually submitting ...
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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

IANAL but I would suggest looking into legal actions for this. I mention this because deleting or removing reviews directly hurt your ability to make money and also your reputation. If people only ...
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How to research publishers by subject

I don't know about the user reviews but a very good source of publishers is the Writer's Market (by Writer's Digest). There is also a version just for fiction. The publishers are in alphabetical ...
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What is the difference between literature and review study?

It's likely a sarcastic way of asking you whether you are writing a review study, which is the review article you intended to write, or a piece of literature, meaning prose, which is likely not what ...
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How to write and promote my film blog more effectively?

As with the popularity of most websites your overall chance of succes boils down to 3 factors: Content, usability and network. Content Quite simply put, you need to produce content people not only ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com beneficial for poets and writers?

Ok to anyone who’s willing to know. Here’s the whole deal with the website in a nutshell. I’ve only been there for few hours and my expectations were far from what I actually saw. You might say few ...
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