|Source: Saramena at Deviant Art|
My stories don't just jump out of my mind fully formed. They're like lumps of clay that I'm shaping and molding. I always have an idea of where the stories will go, but I'm not always sure what they'll look like in the end. I have to try one look and see how I like it. If not, time to reshape.
My crit partners are very much a part of my creative process. Their feedback serves as a kind of brainstorming that helps me figure out what I want.
What about you? What role do your crit partners play in your creative process?