Today I met with Vicki to exchange crits on the ms. I've got some work to do. Things to tidy up and another chapter to write. I took my characters from A to C by totally bypassing point B. I'll wait to work on it until I get the crits back from my other critters.
Critters...those who critique. What a special group of people. I'm of the opinion that it takes time and careful selection to find the right group of critiquers for you. You have to be able to trust your critiquers motives. If they have a personal agenda, they will not give you a true critique, but rather a gushy, unhelpful 'this is the best thing ever' or a brutal hatchet job that leaves you wondering if you have any business being in the writing game at all.
So what makes a good critique partner?
For me, I want someone to catch the errors my eyes have missed, and I want someone to take a look at the 'big concept' issues, as mentioned above. I also need some cheerleading, some attagirls, and a few, I really like this story.
A big thank you to my crit partners, Donna, Vicki, CJ, and Stephanie. I couldn't and wouldn't want to do this without you.