I’m sprinting into the finish line on my latest middle grade masterpiece and so I’m thinking of critique groups.
Specifically, I’m thinking of my once wonderful critique group, The Inklets. We met regularly and we wrote and we critiqued and…well, you never appreciate what you have until you don’t have it, right? When several members moved on, both literally and figuratively, we didn’t have a group anymore.
I tried another group, eventually, but it was such a trek to get to the meetings. And they met on Sunday afternoons which, if I’m being honest, conflicted horribly with my football watching. So I had to give them up. (I know. Football, right? But all work and no play makes Cathy a dull writer.)
Now, I have a group of writers I reach out to online when I have something that needs a look-see. And they’re great, but I miss that human contact of the critique group that meets in person: the bickering, the defensiveness, the sulking! But mostly, I miss the laughter and fun, so when I have an opportunity to meet up with writers, at a workshop, a conference, a book-signing, I try to go. I need that writer camaraderie, don’t you?
Anyway, that’s a long introduction to let you know about my post over at The Muffin today: On Taking Advice From Your Critique Group. I hope you find something of value there, and if you have something to share about your experience, I’d love to hear it!
Me,too! Me, too! Me, too! Miss you guys every day and miss the inspiration and creativity recharge I got from our meetings. Can’t seem to find a suitable replacement for the Inklets. We were blessed more than I realized!
Amen to that, Deb. ♥
Cathy–I hope you find another face-to-face group. Online writing friends are great, but I agree–the laughter, the camaraderie, the bickering (they insist on using ellipsis sparingly–Imagine the horror!)… it makes for a great evening, along with the advice, suggestions and encouragement.
Yeah, what Deb said. *sigh* I would love to find another solid face-to-face group of people whose opinions I trust. It isn’t as easy as it sounds. I miss the Inklets!
It’s not easy at all, Lisa! We had a dedicated group and that’s not nothing. *sigh*
P.S. That is one cute Howl-o-wiener!
Thought of you when I saw the ads for Howl-o-weenie this year. ♥