Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Critique Group

Monday night I went to my first ever critique session. It was with a local (and by local I mean, within twenty miles of my house) group that meets every month at a Barnes and Noble. The group (from what I gathered) is a small one, but seem very dedicated. We went through the expected motions, each of us reading a sample of another author's manuscript (everyone else were teen/ya authors). I enjoyed seeing everyone's particular writing style, and appreciated the tact most members had when offering changes. I got the hang of it pretty quick, and enjoyed myself.

What was even better was when I received feedback on my PB story. It was positive, with a few suggestions on how to tighten up the word choice. Great feedback. I mean, I was confident my story was good, but I'm biased, right? I'm even more confident now and can't wait to get more into the dummy book.

p.s.- Have any of you ever participated in a critique group with a member who was so defensive and over-explanatory, that they missed the point of the (very) helpful and sound advice being offered them? Isn't it frustrating?


  1. Wow, that's great Dee! That's fabulous that you're found a critique group!

    It can be really frustrating when someone isn't ready to hear some constructive criticism that could be really helpful to their work. But I guess, it takes a certain mind frame to be open to change, and sometimes it just takes awhile to get there..I've definitely been on that side of things a time or two! :)

    I can't wait to see the dummy....

  2. I know, I know. It's just our industry is such a hard one, with such long journeys, it's extra sad when the person whom you're trying to help refuses to see reason.

    I definitely agree about the open mindset. This person seems very closed, unfortunately.


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