There's a new blog in town called Critique Partner Exchange. Michelle over at Magical Musings started the blog after realizing that a lot of people seem to be searching for a partner or group and just can't find what they're looking for.
A few people have posted their desires, moi included. I have been in two live groups, but neither worked for me in the exact way I wished. I think it helps if you write in the same genre, even if it's not the same sub-genre. For instance, if you're all writing romance, then it might not matter if one is writing historicals, another suspense, and another paranormal. But mixing a category romance writer with a lit fic writer or a straight sci/fi writer is bound to create problems. In my experience anyway. 🙂
In my early days of writing, I had a great online group where everyone wrote romance. That group has since scattered to the four corners. Some stopped writing altogether, others switched genres. At least one person, bless her, made the USA Today list and seemed to have a promising career, but has since stopped writing due to health problems. 🙁 I miss her voice.
So, yeah, I'm looking for a new group or partner. Hopefully I'll find something soon. If you have a critique partner or group, how did you get together? I could use some suggestions in case I don't find anyone over at the new blog…….
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I look for someone who can look at my stuff, be objective, and tell me what’s wrong with it. I want someone to find plot holes, etc. For a while I had a crit group that I found years ago through AOL, and got a lot of advice, but I’ve since grown out of that group.
I’m currently “partnerless.” I have one friend who will read my stuff, but I don’t get a lot of constructive critisism. What I need is critisism.
What I don’t need is someone to tell me how good the writing is. That doesn’t help me make it better.
If that blog works for you, let me know, I might be interested in checking it out.
So far, it hasn’t worked. I almost hooked up with one person, but we decided that our stuff was too different. She was writing fantasy with a little romance thrown in, and I don’t really know a lot about that particular genre/sub-genre.
I pretty much want the same things you want out of a partner. You don’t like romantic suspense, do you? 🙂
I do, actually… I like most all elements of Romance…..
Do you liek contemp and paranormal?
Why not start a “looking for critique partner” right here on your own blog? I’m looking too. I write historical romance and am seriously considering attempting a trad. Regency. I too want honest criticism. I’ve tried the group route and prefer working one-on-one with another writer nearer to my own level of proficiency. If anybody is interested, give me a shout – tnshadylady @ gmail .com