If you don't happen to solve cryptic crosswords, which my editor doesn't (yet), how do you proceed?
There are a handful of people whom I trust to give me the cold truth about what I'm working on, even if it's not what I want to hear. For years, they have reviewed everything I've published, from crime fiction to QWF/CBC Writer-in-Residence essays about Montreal.
My work is always stronger for it.
The third thing was new to me. A few months ago, my unwitting mentors, DA and anax, helped me understand that a good setter plans for a puzzle to have a certain internal momentum. There should be a few easier clues scattered around the grid, which serve as an "in" to the trickier ones. For the first time, I really thought about the internal momentum as I planned out this puzzle, and I wanted to see, as my husband solved it, if my efforts paid off.