One of the hardest things for a writer to do is take advice from a critique group. You feel as if you are a Momma Bear who is protecting her cub, which in this case is your book. You have spent hours, days, months and sometimes years working on your book and here they are within a few minutes tearing it apart. That is just the first chapter!
You sit silently at the table as one by one they take turns telling you what is wrong with your work. Then, once you feel as if they have torn your precious baby to shreds, you can speak to defend your work.
- The best thing for you to do before you say a word, take a deep breath.
- Do your utmost not to get defensive, remember this is meant to be constructive criticism. Be open to their ideas and suggestions.
- You do not have to take the critique group’s advice, but much of the time they can see things you cannot. As the writer, you have lived your book, and you know what you mean to say. However, as the reader, they may not see it the same way you do. Sometimes it needs a better explanation to be precise.
- Remember if the 10-15 people in the critique group do not understand a section in your book, more than like the rest of the readers who purchase your book will not either.
Writing is a profession. As any professional athlete will tell you, it takes practice, practice, practice until you get it right.
“All Things Are Possible If You Believe”