In the last few days, I started three different blog posts and finished nary a one. Obviously, I’m out of touch with my brain right now. I spent two afternoons working in the garden, so it could be an allergy effect. In any case, I have nothing particularly witty or profound to say at the moment. (But I do sometimes, don’t I?)
I am working on both a novel and some short stories. Oooh, I just thought of how Demetri Martin writes with both hands at the same time. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could type on two keyboards simultaneously—one for the short story and the other for the novel chapter? I could be as prolific as Joyce Carol Oates. Not as good a writer, of course, but equally prolific. (Forgive me, I’m writing this with a headache.)
ANYWAY, I’ve been wondering how I’ll get critique on my works-in-progress. I no longer have access to a live critique group, and I’ve never been able to work up enthusiasm for joining online groups where I know no one—or more importantly—know nothing about anyone’s writing skills.
That led me to wondering how you all get feedback on your work. Do you seek it from one, a few, or many? Do you prefer live groups or virtual? Have those preferences changed over time? If you’re in a group, how does yours work? Specifically: How often do you meet? Do you read aloud? Do you receive the work ahead of time and critique at home, so you only discuss it at the meeting? How many members do you think is optimum? Do you critique all lengths of work?
What say ye?
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26 thoughts on “Whence cometh thy critique?”
You have touched on a popular topic, Linda. I have very little luck with critique partners too, but at least I’m not the only one.
I have a friend that reads for me but she’s only somewhat helpfully since she isn’t a writer and she reads a very different genre than I write. Of course this leads to her suggesting that I add a car chase or an explosion into my romance novels. Again, not very helpful. 🙂
Good luck with your search. I’m thinking about joining SavvyAuthors.com, they have several different types of groups that may benefit me.
I hope SavvyAuthors works out for you, Dayner. I had the same experience with a critique partner who kept suggesting more action. 🙂