Six years ago, I moved across the United States, from West Virginia to Colorado. I didn’t know anyone except my husband. And I was lonely for my friends back east. I needed to find a way to connect with new people – preferably ones who cared about the same interests I did.
I found a critique group for fiction authors. That critique group turned out to be exactly what I needed… and then some.
Writers typically have a love-hate relationship to having their work critiqued. But if you’re looking to improve your writing skills, or even get your book published, a critique group is a great first step on that road to becoming a professional writer.
But just what is a critique group? Is it a bunch of eccentric old harridans collected around a table? Cloistered recluses who rip books to shreds while rapping knuckles with a ruler? Will you sit there shamefully, red-faced and embarrassed, while others look down their nose at you clucking, “Tsk, tsk!”?
Not even close. (Thank God.)