Giving and Receiving Feedback
Give a draft of yoru short story in progress to a not-too-close friend or realtive, and ask for specific feedback.
I give my stuff to my sister. Yes, we are close, but we are also brutaly honest with one another and that really sucks sometimes. I asked her to read this blog so far and offer feedback. Hey, if anyone else out there would like to do the same, this would be the date to do it!
And thank you, Fred White, for tossing this exercise in there when I needed a bit of a break (because I procrastinated and waited to write several exercises at once - my own damn fault).