If there is one constant in a writer’s world, it is the relationship of the critique partner.
The birth of a novel begins with an idea. Whether you are a pantser or a meticulous outliner, you will paint the picture of you idea with your fingertips.
After that, self-editing can only take you so far. You must have that ‘fresh eye’ to view your work.
The best critique partners and betas give honest, in depth opinions. They aren’t there to massage your ego. Their worth is in the firm and sometimes brutal suggestions.
Listen to them. Weigh their judgment against yours.
Only you know what works. Only you know where your storyline is taking the reader.
But give your CPs equal time in that inner debate. They might see something you missed.
To the CP, be honest but use tact. Give opinion but never with a slap. Do not view a crit as punishment or the chance to show YOUR ego. You are the sounding board for a writer looking for help.
Speaking from the side of a critique partner, a beta, and a writer, let me say I love to crit. It is a privilege to read our submissions.
What do you need critiqued this week? First pages? Your query? Violent scenes? Dialogue? Loglines?
Send us newborn prose or pages you've edited from earlier submissions.
We are all on the same journey and a helping hand aids all of us.