Guest Post: Peg Finley on Multiple Critique Groups

When I asked around for anyone interested in guest posting here about critique groups, Peg Finley sent me a note. And when she told me she belonged to three critique groups, I told her to “come on down!” I wanted to hear her talk about the benefits and the challenges, and she was nice enough […]

Thankful Thursday: Another One for the Critique Group

I’ve been writing an icky scene. No, not one with blood and guts (wait, maybe that’s what it needs!). One where the writing was just dragging along, not flowing, where I was staring at it and knowing that–even for a first draft–it was not making me happy.  In other words, the staring wasn’t helping. And […]

What to Expect from a Critique

After a lovely week of talking about other authors, I thought it was time to come back to talking a bit about…you! This post is modified from a downloadable PDF (of the same title) available at my Critiquing tab above, that I wrote for writers who are considering hiring me for a professional critique. I think […]

Guest Interview: Wendy Martin on Critique Groups

Wendy Martin is the author of several children’s books, An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child (2005, 2008), Aidan’s First Full Moon Circle (2008), and Watchers (2008). She is the illustrator of those three books as well as Rabbit’s Song (2009) by S.J. Tucker and Trudy Herring, and Smoky and the Feast of Mabon (2010) by Catherynne M. […]

Critique Groups: The Case (Okay, MY Case) for Reading Ahead

When I started writing The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide, I knew I wanted to include some of the basics about how to actually run a strong group—the mechanics of it. If you’ve read my blog for a while, or if you know me in person, you may have figured out that I have […]

D is for Discussion

Life’s changing a bit around the old critique group lately. We added a new member lately, someone we’ve all known for years, but who we hadn’t gotten into the “formal” critique relationship with yet. May I just say that it’s going swimmingly. Something’s happened since she’s joined us. I don’t know if it was just […]

Quite the Party

It came, I showed up, and I had a blast. Remember the song “Anticipation?” That could be my theme song for the past week. I had very little to do to get ready for the launch party, but I was running on adrenaline all the same, jumping from one tiny task to another, always with […]

Somebody Else Says: Hula Bunny on Critique Groups

This is it, folks. This says exactly what is so magically wonderful about critique groups and what happens when you put time, energy, and commitment into them. Team in Training Thanks, Hula Bunny!

Commitment, Persistence, & Downright Stubbornness

This post is dedicated to Terri, Beth, & Cyndy–thanks for keeping me on your calendar, guys! Summer is here. For so many of us, this means a shift in structure, in organization. Even if you are working full-time, there may be a vacation coming up, with plans to make, shopping & packing to do. If […]

Critique Groups: Genre-Based or Not?

In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide, I talk about various “kinds” of groups a writer can join or start for themselves. One of these kinds of groups is a genre-based group. By this, I mean that everybody in the group is writing the same kind of material—whether that be fiction, memoir, how-to, or […]