Okay, “wisdom” might be an overstatement. But at Penguicon this year, it occurred to me that I’ve been doing writing workshops for a long time. As a participant, I’ve done creative writing class discussions, the Writers of the Future workshop in ’99, Critters, and then several years with a local group until they dissolved. Eventually, I started cofacilitating workshops, helping to run them at ConFusion, ConClave, and now Penguicon, among others.
That’s a lot of fiction feedback, and after a while, you start to notice patterns. I figured it might be helpful to list some of the more common feedback I’ve given and received over the years. Like all “rules,” some of these can be bent. Others can be broken. Our job is to learn them well enough to know when and how.