Friday, August 15, 2008

Critique groups

I found a new critique group and I think its going to be fun. The people there were pretty good writers and had a good attitude about critiques.
I always go into a new critique group with a bit of trepidation. I've seen some pretty bad ones. How about a twenty minute discussion on whether the word fuck should be said by a man who gets lost? (forget about the man, I'd probably let that one slip under a lot less stress :) Or the one who literally tried to rewrite the story, change endings completely and then argue as to why their idea is better. Lots of arguing. These are the kind of groups we should never go back to. At least not if we want to keep our sanity.
But this group had some good people with open minds. A very important thing, those open minds. And they always ended on a positive note.
Happy now!


Melanie Avila said...

I'm so jealous! Enjoy the new group. :) I hope you get a lot out of it.

Amy Nathan said...

You are fortunate to have found a good critique group. I've had a lot of success in writing classes that serve as such, but not on finding one that doesn't require some kind of tuition! I have a few great beta readers but there is nothing like the camaraderie of when you're helping one another! Good luck with it.

spyscribbler said...

Oh, yay! Good luck!

Aimless Writer said...

Walking out of that group that night I was walking on a real natural high.
Still smiling!