Here’s what I love about my critique groups:
- We have so many kinds of writers, so everyone has a different way of looking at stories.
- Everyone has a different thing they’re serious about, too. One hates adverbs, one obsesses with having enough romance, another is super descriptive about what she likes and what doesn’t work, one loves my sticky words, another one tells me every time I have a good hook…
- I can go through all four critiques and still have things to work on by the time I’m on the fourth one. It’s amazing how that works.
- No one can tell me why transferring from Scrivener to Word destroys half my apostrophes and half my italics. No one knows. It’s a mystery. I look at it in Scrivener, and they’re fine. Move stuff into Word, they’re not. WHAT EVEN IS GOING ON?!?!?!
- They would all get onto me about my excessive use of exclamation points and all caps in the last point. I can’t help it –I’m excitable.
- People in my groups know the difference between all three dashes and can talk about it. I have to have it in a file on my desktop and remind myself every day. I still don’t remember. Also, the shortcuts for them vary across apps and that drives me insane.
- Sometimes people draw pictures on my critiques. I love that.