February 16, 2011 4 Comments
There are a variety resources an author needs to create marketable fiction that brings great stories to readers. One of those I consider the foundation for a writer is a good critique group. Or at least an awesome critique partner.
What a critique group is – is one to three people who are devoted to the craftsmanship of storytelling, through the venue of words on the page, and invest time and effort into your personal success with your story as well as appreciating your insight and dedication to their success and story. It is the give-and-take balance, in a safe space, that brings value to both the author and the story that forms a strong bond.
In my experience, through the years of writing story, I’ve come to learn the value of a good critique group. I’ve also been without this support network for years and finally am within that safe space again. I intend to revel in it. 🙂
The essence of a critique group is found in many relationship/partnership situations on all levels of living life. This is the friends and family members that know us so well our latest experience can be explained in a few words and they understand the whole story. It’s also in the team players we trust where we work who are invested in the project we all want to succeed.
The essence of a critique group doesn’t wallow in what was, or is. It’s all about making it better, moving forward, seeing the present for what it is and offering potentials for what can be.
The value of a critique group is entirely our choice. We can take what they suggest or not. We also offer our suggestions freely to be used or discarded at the discretion of the author. No one opinion is greater than the other but all opinions have merit. It is the utopia experience when we find a select few who “get” us and we are willing to “get” them.
That’s how I feel about the critique group I now meet with monthly. The potential for my own improvement as a writer is evident. The potentials of my value of what I bring to the group is also strong. It’s not dramatic and it will not make the news of the day. Oh well. Not my intent for today…
A good critique group is based on trust – which is a two-way street – and not exclusive to writing. But the concept is good for all the agendas we put on our schedules.