Every writer knows that honest feedback on our work is extremely important. Others see flaws in our scenes and chapters that we don’t because the story isn’t theirs. They don’t know what is going to happen down the road, they don’t know the ins and outs yet, so when something is missing or unclear, they can pin point it.
Critique groups are an excellent source of honest feedback-especially face to face critique groups as they offer several advantages.
SPEND TIME WITH WRITERS
Writing in general can be a very lonely existence. As writers we often really don’t mind the solitude and the more we could lock ourselves away and write all day the long the better. But, getting out of the house once in awhile, especially with like-minded people who are also paddling their boat down the river of this crazy adventure of writing a novel can be fun and informative.
Sure you can know that someone loves a particular scene or chapter through an email if it says ‘I loved it’, but reading black and white text is in no comparison to seeing a persons’ face light up as they sit across the table from you and wildly explain exactly why they loved it. The same could be said about not liking a chapter or scene. There is a very important quality in seeing a persons’ honest emotional reaction. It just might help you if you ever get writers block down the road.
While it’s best to try to get into a critique group with writers of the same genre, occasionally, one group might have a few different genres if there are enough members or the genres mesh well together. Of course, romance and horror aren’t going to go hand in hand, but historical romance and contemporary romance will. Reading and receiving opinions from different genre writers is helpful, at times, when you need a different perspective.