Monday, July 20, 2015

Critique Partners

Short post today. As I've been working through feedback from my critique partners, I've been really enjoying the creative juices that they get flowing in me.
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?

26 comments:

  1. Mine are very important! I even have one I run the initial outline by and he always makes good suggestions.

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  2. I count on my crib partners a lot. I belong to two groups (for two different kinds of writing), and they are always so helpful.

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    1. I have an online group. For the project I've been working on, I've had access to two different groups. It's been so helpful.

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  3. That was crit partners, not crib. Although, our stories are our babies, aren't they! lol

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  4. They sure can help make good suggestions indeed

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  5. I so rely on my critique partners. And my editor in my new non-fiction job.

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    1. So that's where you landed with your job search? Congrats!

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  6. My crit partners give me plenty of awesome feedback.

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    1. Even when it's different--or conflicting. They get my mind going.

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  7. My crit partners make me think. They challenge me to do better. I hope I do!

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    1. Mine too. It's easy to get lazy and they catch me at it. lol

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  8. The same. They get me thinking about all areas of my work. I see the big difference between what I gave them and what I end up submitting.

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    1. I love that part of it too. That's what I never expect but appreciate so much.

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  9. Mine are sort of partner road builders and flaggers. They red flag train wrecks and plot holes and other hazards. They help bring the book around the bend and into the light. They help tunnel through possibilities. I don't think any writer can really bring a book fully formed from their head without some bounce-back. I like to think about JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis discussing their books and the state of mankind and religion for hours. I couldn't do good things without someone telling me what things sound specious or inarticulate. Thank heavens for them!

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  10. So tell me about this auto graph app you've got going. It looks interesting.

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  11. This makes me think I need to join a group. I haven't been in one for five or six years. Maybe it's time.

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    1. Not a bad idea. But what you need is a group that gets you and your writing. I haven't personally experienced it but some groups can be poisonous.

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  12. My biggest problem is that I need a few more with varied interests and styles. Currently, my crit partners aren't doing me a whole lot of good. Maybe it's me!

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    1. Maybe it's time for a change or an expansion.

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  13. Yes, crit partners are like gold. :)

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  14. CP's are worth their weight in gold!

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