Thursday, October 20, 2011
On Critique Partners
When I "attended" WriteOn Con, and one of the biggest things I took away from it was my precious need to be "ready" before I tried to find a critique partner. I don't mean ready in the terms of my manuscript being in good enough shape, but I mean reading it over fifty times and checking for every typo before I let anyone else read it.
I responded to a couple of posts looking for critique partners in the forums, and I ended up hooking up with Kelly. Trying out a new critique partner is kind of like dating. You're a little guarded, as you talk about your work, but hope for the best. After discussing our work, we exchanged pages, and thankfully, we both liked each other's work. Now we exchange pages every week and chat about our writing every Monday.
It's working really well! I figured I might have to go through a couple CP's before I found one that worked for me, but :knocks wood: things are working well. Her strengths are my weaknesses, and vice versa. We come from different backgrounds, so I'm able to expose her to books that she might not have read, and she's able to tell me when she thinks my MS might be a little too risque.
Do I take her advice in every instance? No. But it's nice to have someone very different from me read my book, since obviously a lot of my potential readers will be too.
I've also found that I'm a pretty good editor. I really enjoy reading her manuscript and pointing out how to make it better.
I'm so glad I just took the jump and sought out a critique partner. She's already helped me grow as a writer, and she's said I've done the same for her.
How'd you find your critique partner(s)?