Saturday, May 2

Real Life Diagnostics is Once Again Open for Submissions

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

My crazy-hectic time has passed, and I’ll once again be able to focus on the weekly diagnostics. If you’ve been waiting to submit, go ahead and send your page in.

If you’re unfamiliar with Real Life Diagnostics, it’s a weekly column where readers submit a page of work (roughly 250 words) and a question, and I answer/critique it as it pertains to the snippet.

For example, the most popular submission type is the first 250 words of a novel and the question, “Does this opening work?” Other common questions include, “am I showing or telling?” “am I doing internalization right?” and “how can I tighter this POV?”

Then I diagnose the snippet and point out where it’s working and where it not, and offer suggestions on improvement.

The RLDs are designed to be part critique and part teaching tool, using real writers with real issues as examples. General questions such as “is this any good?” are subjective and won’t work (just because I like or dislike something doesn't mean others won't feel differently), so be please specific with questions.

If you’d like to submit to Real Life Diagnostics, click on over to this page and learn all you need to know.

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