My crit partner, Misty Lenz Waters, rocks. Hands down – I couldn’t have found anyone better for the job.
We came across each other about a year ago when she commented on my blog post about Show & Tell, (which she helps me with daily, LOL), and after reading her blog, I remember thinking – “I really like this chic.”
I not only love reading her stories, but we have lots in common. We like the same music. The same books. The same TV shows and movies.
And we were both able to cope with constructive criticism of our work, which is a big deal. She makes me think. She makes me work harder. She shows me how a reader would view a scene. She points out any little detail I might have missed.
Bottom line – Her feedback is critical.
Without it, the pieces of this trilogy would not come together anywhere as clear and well thought out, and this novel would be driving me absolutely crazy 🙂
If you don’t have a crit partner, I highly suggest you try to find one. A good one. One that fits you.
Choosing a CP is a different process for everyone because we all expect different things, but I think the following tips are true for all:
- Look for someone who can’t just tell you what is wrong, but why.
- Look for someone who is strong where you are weak and vice versa.
- Look for someone whose own writing you enjoy.
- Look for someone with whom you have things in common, especially genre. If they don’t care for paranormal, and that’s what you write, they won’t be a good judge of the genre or what that audience would want to read.
- Look for someone who you trust to give an honest critique.
- Look for someone who wants a mutually constructive relationship. Give & Take.
- Look for someone who not only notes the problem areas but also comments on the good.
- Look for someone who is willing to show you what sucks. You don’t need a cheerleader, you need a critique partner.
- Look for someone who understands that their opinion is their opinion and won’t be offended if you don’t agree with a certain comment. The two of you won’t always agree and ultimately this is your book and you make the final call. However…if you disagree more often than naught, you need to think about why that’s so.
- Look for someone you can help. Remember…Give and take. If they put the time in, so should you. If they go the extra mile, you should do the same.
Now…all this is considering that you are ready to receive an honest critique. I was scared. I admit it. I don’t usually take criticism well. But there is a difference in Constructive Criticism and just plain Criticism. Constructive Criticism should help and guide. Criticism is just making negative comments (see Tip #1).
Tomorrow on the Writer’s Resource I plan on providing a list of links to sites that have been set up as crit partner meet-ups. If you’re looking for someone, feel free to post here in the comments or come visit me tomorrow and check out all the fabulous links.
Best of Luck Everyone & Happy Writing!!!