Make It Bleed
That’s what I say to my critique group. Their feedback and input on my manuscript is invaluable, and even though they don't use red pens, I love seeing their notes.
I spent many years as an author without a critique group. It was lonely, living in my universe with no one to share the adventures, joys, heartaches, and trials of my characters. Yes, I had readers once I published, but so few to interact with.
Last spring, I received an invitation to join a group that meets weekly. We submit six pages in an online forum, read them separately, then come together to discuss how we can tighten up our work.
I look forward to this time like nothing else.
Not only are we comprised of skilled writers, but we have expertise that is beyond compare. We have both male and female perspectives, various beliefs, and different political views. Every moment spent with these people is a treasure. I have learned a great deal in my time with them—both from receiving feedback and offering it.
If you don’t have a critique group, as a writer, you’ll find no better benefit. I highly suggest it. I thought I could do this writing thing on my own with the help of a good cover designer and an editor. But these four folks have made a huge difference in my writing, and I am forever grateful.
So find a group. Or start your own. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll grow.
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