This is a post mostly for myself, so that I can ﬁnd these later: two tools that I ﬁnd immensely helpful at different points, both from (Mary Robinette Kowal)[https://maryrobinettekowal.com/].
The ﬁrst is a (helpful system for feedback)[https://twitter.com/maryrobinette/status/1124108884858347520?lang=en], sometimes called the ABCD system. There’s so many things I like about this—how it helps the writer get the right mindset for understanding the feedback, how it helps the reader deliver what’s helpful.
The second is an (infographic/formula)[https://www.patreon.com/posts/infographic-to-12561943] for working out how long a story will be. It’s slightly wacky to think about mathsing out a short story, but there’s good reasoning behind it, and sometimes it helps to know what you’re aiming for, and/or what you’re getting yourself in for.