One of the most important thing to becoming a good writer, I think, is being part of a critique group.
Being part of a CG makes you a better writer in a few different ways.
- It gets you reading other people's writing and analyzing it.
- You start to look at the bigger picture.
- Gives you input on your writing.
- It shows you where your story/writing may be weak.
When you start a CG you should set down ground rules.
- How often will you exchange work? When it's finished? Chapter by chapter? Some other arrangement?
- Time-How long will you take to critique?
- What kind of critique will you give? Line by line? Overall?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? (I am horrible at grammar- I let my CP's know that up front.)
- Honesty—honest feedback is important, but it's important to be nice about it too.
Looking for a Critique Partner or a beta reader? Look no farther!
The girls over at Falling For Fiction are hooking you up. With a CP or Beta that is. Now through the 20th go here and fill out the questionnaire. E-mail it to the lovely ladies at FFF and they will set you up. It's that easy.
Do you have a CP group? Did you set ground rules? Are you going to participate in The Matchelor.