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Nine Thoughts on Critique Groups.

Posted on: April 18, 2010

I recently was asked to talk about being a member of multiple critique groups and here are some of my thoughts.

1.     Multiple critique groups with different schedules allows me to work on multiple projects at one time.

2.     They help me spot my own mistake because I recognize those mistakes in the writings of others. I have learned to trust their opinions.

3.     Having more people with fresh eyes I get feedback on the good, the bad, and the ugly. The input makes me a better writer. They keep my characters real.

4.   As a moderator of two groups, I have learned when to step up and say something and when to keep my mouth shut and  let the group work out a problem. I’ve watched others do this and modeled their behavior.

5.     Groups members help me pinpoint specific problems. If more than one person has issues with a section of my submission, then I know I need to take a look the section.

6.     Being in a critique group gets me ready to avoid potential rejections. It help me learn to accept constructive criticism and teaches me the value of the whole revision process.

7.     Group members come from various parts of the USA and have different personalities, so they each bring something new to the table. I get the benefit of their experiences.   

8.    Group members provide encouragement. They push me to set goals. They recommend books and courses I can take. They keep me updated on what is happening in the writing market. They know what it takes to be a writer and provide emotional support.

9.    Being in a critique group makes me more disciplined. I have deadlines to meet.

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