I love my critique group, Novel Clique. We are a group of professional writers which gives craft related presentations, attends conferences/workshops (we’ll be at OWFI in May), we even have an annual writers retreat, which is a whole other post. We meet once a week, bring 10-20 pages of our WIPs, and take turns reading them out loud. This helps us hear the voice of the piece and allows us to hear mistakes we’d otherwise miss.
Afterward, we give on the spots critiques, which is my favorite part. I love being able to ask my critique partners clarifying questions about what they intended to convey in a certain paragraph or scene, or give suggestions on how to take the optimal advantage of already existing conflict. And even though it might be considered cheating, I sometimes ask about foreshadowed events and red herrings, cause I’m curious like that. I also like having the chance to ask them whether something I wrote is clear, if it’s too much or too little, or confusing.
The feedback, encouragement, and let’s be honest, group therapy I get from my partners is priceless. I was lucky enough to stumble upon them during a writing class at a local community college and have stuck with them ever since.
Are you part of a critique group? How did you find it? What’s your favorite part? Is it a safe house or a slaughter-house? And if you don’t belong to one, is there a reason you decided not to join one?
What is your opinion on critique groups?
First Crusade Challenge answer: I HATE exercise.
Congrats to everyone who guessed! This challenge was a blast and I’m half tempted to add a MacGirlver page to my blog to offer people fun solutions to everyday problems.