Last week when I posted my final #Writer Recharge update, I had so many amazing and encouraging and complimentary comments about my progress — thank you all SO MUCH! There was a part of one comment (from Stephanie Scott, who participates in WUW and is wonderful) that stuck with me…
She asked: How did you find your critique partners? I have a few but I’m always curious where writers find theirs.
I actually wonder this myself, so I thought it’d be fun to chat about it here today.
I have a couple of amazing critique partners (Alison and Temre) who I rely on not only for their thoughtful feedback on my stories, but for their help in the general maintaining of my sanity. I connected with both of them online (we text and email frequently, but we haven’t met in person yet — someday!). To be honest, I can’t remember where, exactly, I “found” them. Alison (I think) through our blogs, and Temre (I think) through Twitter? I’ve been working with them both for a few years now (wow) and while they write stories that are pretty different from the stories I write, we work. I’ve learned so much from the feedback they offer me, and from the incredible stories they write and allow me to read. (Seriously. I feel like a total hack after I read their work. Every. Single. Time.)
In addition to Alison and Temre, there are several writers who I trade beta reads with, all remarkable in their own right. Most are listed to the left over there (Christa, Jessica, and Taryn, fairly regularly). They all have particular strengths which have taught me so much about writing and critiquing and friendship.
Thank you a million times to everyone who’s taken the time to read my stories, and to everyone who has trusted me to read theirs. The whole “critique” aspect of writing can be spectacularly nerve-wracking, and I feel so lucky to have had a lot of really wonderful experiences.
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So, that’s me. And now I’m curious…
Where did you find your critique partners?
(Are you still looking for a CP? Feel free to use the comments section of this post to link up with other seeking writers!)