Monday, February 1, 2010

Crit Groups

Critique groups are a necessary part of a writer's life. Through them, we meet other like-minded people. You know, people just like us. People who don't think it's strange to talk to your characters, really get to know them. They don't even bat an eye lid when you mention something funny one of your characters said!

People come and others move on. Some become multi-published authors, while those of us left behind continue to write hoping one day we'll join them.

This week has been a sad one. Three members of our group have stepped down. Another dear friend has joined.

So what is it that we get from those who critique our work?

Part of that answer is obvious. They help to define our writing and take it to new levels. Writers grow in strength and knowledge. Some of us even remember what we're taught.

But, it's more than just the critiquing. It's the friendship that's built. People who join you in prayer for that lost dog or sick husband. People who understand the craziness that's called writing.

People who become family.

Today I take my hat off to all those I've known, who've helped me grow, befriended me and allowed me to write what I love.

And, if you've had someone bless you, then pay it forward!


SRI said... [Reply to comment]

Trying out my new blog for the first time!

Dorothy said... [Reply to comment]

WOW!! Love the new blog layout! I'm excited to be kicking around with you some more too and look forward to a steep learning curve in the next few weeks :) You're a true blessing and I'm glad to have found you!

SRI said... [Reply to comment]

Very exciting stuff! Glad you like the new layout...going to be great having you as part of our group. ;))

Karen Lange said... [Reply to comment]

Good thoughts. I hope to be as big a help to other writers as they've been to me. Someday at least! My writing friends have been such a blessing.
Karen ;)

SRI said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for dropping by, Karen! It's always great to pay it forward isn't it? No matter what stage of writing any of us are in, there's always someone who could either use advice or encouragement. ;))

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