Thank You

I spent some time this week writing Thank You cards for my neighborhood friends. We’d decided to have a Thanksgiving Tea and shower each other with appreciation. So, I put some thought into the exact reasons each friend was a unique blessing in my life.

The Tea was a special time together and the cards can be read again and again throughout the year, having impact over the months ahead. Encouragement for those facing difficulties and appreciation for each one playing an important part of my life.

I want each of you to know, also, that I appreciate the fact that you read my blogs. Sending in comments, or “LIKES” makes me aware of your presence and encourages me throughout my writing journey. 

I’m thankful for each of you!

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The Value of Reading Reviews

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Last week, I wrote about the value in writing reviews. This week, I’d like to focus on the value of reading reviews.

The obvious benefit is that we get the opinions of others who have bought a specific product, read a certain book, and so on.

But for writers, there is an added benefit. 

Reviews can help us do a better job of writing in the future. 

As we contemplate the reactions/opinions of those who have read those books/articles/blogs, we can use that information to ask ourselves how we can improve our craft, especially if multiple sources mention the same things.

Instead of being defensive, we need to take a deep breath and see what value we can take away from the entire “review” experience. 

More than just a “LIKE,” certain number of “STARS” or “HAPPY FACES,” honest  reviews just may be the key to writing that next great novel.