You have to watch it! It's awesome!
When I first started out, I didn't want to share my writing with anyone. The only people who saw my work was:
- My husband
- My mom
- My dad (the video really hits home for me because my dad is the sleeper)
- My dog
As I began to become a more serious writer, I realized I needed other people to look over my work. I looked, and looked and looked and found myself not one critique group, but three. (Can you say overachiever?)
One is a chapter book, and two are picture book groups.
With the picture books groups, I love being able to make changes, and switch it between groups. So it's worked out well.
I met my partners through SCBWI's message boards, and we created our own because no one was looking to add another member. So we have all been together since the start.
I've learned more in my critique groups from working on the other writer's manuscripts then my own received edits. In my partners' work, I see my own mistakes pop out like a red thumb and see how they do look. I'm able to look at them objectively and see things I like, or learn how to tighten my writing. I've really learned a lot about how weak verbs and nouns can really dull a story.
If you are not part of a critique group and are a serious writer, find one. Mine are all online.
Are you in a critique group? What have you learned from it?