The Great Critique

Last night I attended the SCBWIWWA "Great Critique". This is a free event designed to get writers together in a small group. Bonus: each group is facilitated by a published professional. Essentially, seven strangers sit in a circle and take turns sharing five pages of their work.You read your own work aloud (EEP!) and then listen and take notes while the folks in your group offer criticism, including your facilitator.

You guys, I am still standing!

In fact, it was a great experience. I was terrified going in, but the folks in my group were both smart and kind. I genuinely enjoyed each piece that was shared and felt like the criticism offered to each writer was helpful and appropriate. I got the sense that others were satisfied as well.

The best part was that I was truly able to see The One the Empress Hunts with fresh eyes. There are some important changes I need to make, but overall it holds together well. It engages folks. The question, of course, is whether it will ever excite the right agent and/or editor.

Take Away: Share my work with strangers/professionals more often. Fresh eyes are essential!

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Confession: I stayed up half the night ruminating on the criticism I received. Ah well... small price to pay.
Rita Collard said…
You know to consider the source and to ask yourself if there are seeds of truth..... And how to say that is their perception based upon limited info..... A good night's sleep is a gift to yourself......ruminate while doing laundry!!!
Incredibly proud of your bravery. It's the ultimate version of standing naked in front of your classroom.
Thanks to you both! I am definitely glad I did it and feel like the criticism helped immensely. =)

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