When choosing on whether to join a critique group every writer faces the same hard choice-face to face group or an online group. Each group offers their own advantages and disadvantages and it’s up to you to weigh all the good and the bad before making your final choice.
What exactly are some of the disadvantages to a face to face group? Are there any? And are they deal breakers?
IN YOUR FACE CRITICISM
Reading someone didn’t like your scene or chapter is hard enough over email, but looking them in the eyes when they are criticizing your work is another. With the person or people sitting in front of you, you might find it harder to fight the urge to argue and disagree, and when tempers begin flaring, the meeting can go from fun to downright unpleasant.
You know how every now and then you just come across someone you don’t mesh well with? Just out of the blue, you meet someone and it’s just an instinct deep in your gut that tells you that you aren’t going to ever be friends. For whatever reason, your personalities just don’t jive. While you fit with some people in your face to face group, because people join and leave, you run the risk of at least once you will come across someone you just can’t be around.
When you join a group of different people with all different schedules, it’s hard to plan a meeting schedule that fits everyone’s restrictions. And, when you have a spouse, kids, and a job, whether it’s all three or a combination of them, you might find that with a face to face group you have to bend your life for someone else’s schedule more than you would like, without getting the same consideration in return.
MIX OF GENRES
More than likely, face to face groups in your area are going to have a mix of genres. While it’s best to keep to your own genre, or as close to it, sometimes doing so just can’t be done. Local face to face groups, unfortunately, are more often than not, not specialized with genres, but are a hodge-podge of different ones that leave you as the only horror writer among a bunch of romance writers, which is not good.