Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Critique Partners are GOLD

You know those people you just can't live without? The ones you text when you need help or call when you have great news. The same ones you cheer on when something amazing happens for them. Well, I want to gush on those people in my writing life. That's right, I'm talking about critique partners.

It took me a good bit of time to find my current critique partners (Shout out to Sally) and I'm glad I took my time to find people I really mesh with well. I think that's important because when you find a really great CP, they're someone you want to stick with on more than just the current MS you're looking to get fresh eyes on.

Plus, they see your first draft word vomit. You trust these people and they trust you. And you hope that when you get that amazing idea in the middle of the night or write that awesome chapter after being awake for 72 hours that they don't crush your spirit... even if that idea or chapter was well... crap. Or maybe that's just me. While I have thick skin and can take (and love) critique, I prefer it to not be with a "you suck."

Which brings me to my next point. There are so many different types of critique partners. What type are you? I think I'm more of a the cheerleader type, but you'd have to ask my CPs if that's what they think too!

So where do you find awesome CPs? There are websites all over the internet dedicated to finding critique partners. I really like CPseek. If you're looking for a CP, check them out! And when trying a new CP out, I suggest exchanging just your first chapters to start, so you can see if you will mesh well with each other.

So, where did you find your CP? What type of CP do you look for? What type are you? How has having a CP changed your writing?

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  1. I love my CP. I have a few Beta readers, but my CP sees my stuff in the early stages and let's me know if I'm on the right track. I used to think I only needed Beta readers until I needed guidance on a new project. Was I headed in the right direction+? Was this engaging+? suspenseful+? etc...All writers should have and value CPs.

  2. Oh, I love this topic! I have a couple people I can brainstorm with, only one of whom is actually a writer. I have found that I do love to critique for others, but I haven't found a comfy mutual fit for a regular crit relationship. Thanks for sharing a resource for finding one!