Hello again! We’re ramping through the downhill side of the A-to-Z Challenge and today I’d like to talk about something every writer *truly* needs. If I was going to compile a list of things a writer needs in order of importance, this would be in the top three. Maybe top one.
1. a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others.
|Taken at Big Sur in Rockies Writer’s Workshop|
I don’t know where I would be without my writing partners. Every time I get back shared work and I’m given guidance about what’s working and what isn’t, that feedback is an amazing gift. As much as we all would like to think we have the ability to do so, it is not possible to be objective and clear about our own writing. It just isn’t.
Sure, the more experience you have writing, the more solid your stuff becomes, but until you’ve shared it with a reader other than yourself, you have no idea if they were being brought along on the journey as you intended them to be.
Sometimes, after sharing my work with others, I ask them questions about the story and what they think is going on. This way I can see if they are following my lead in the story as intended or have somehow taken a different path. And the more partners you can find to read and respond, the more sure you can be that your story is having the desired effect.
Finding critique partners is like dating. You need to keep trying other writers on to see how they fit. You need openness, and you need to make sure they have it too. If you’re lucky, you’ll find people who have strengths in the areas where you struggle, and vice-versa, so you can help each other out.
Bonus P words for writers: patience, persistence, positivity
Do you have critique partners?