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Friday, March 20, 2015

Experience Shapes Thought

Your experience conditions how you apply creative and critical thinking to your writing and how you critique the writing of others. Enhancing these skills assures better success.

We are creatures who love our routines. Rather than seeing the act of writing as a discipline, consider creating rituals that match your thinking style. However, before you put words to the page, think about why a particular story needs to be told here and now.

  • For whom are you writing?
  • What do you want your reader or audience to gain from your work?
  • How do you want to affect your readers or audience?
  • How will you sustain their interest?
If you're critiquing the work of another writer, recognize that the writer may not share your way of thinking. Keep an open mind and embrace the different mindset so that you better speak to the needs of that writer. 

Use this strategy for critiquing published work. You will enhance your creative and critical thinking skills through analysis without worrying about the feelings of the writer. This is an excellent way to exercise your unique way of thinking.