Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Critique Partner

I've been contemplating searching for a critique group or partner for awhile now, I've even looked into local writing groups but the closer one- in my genres are about four hours away.

So I thought about trying to start one of my own or just search for one online. I certainly interact with enough fellow writers that I should find someone that I mess pretty well with.

But it's just gotten put on the back burner of my to do list.

Now I am at the point where I think I am really in need of a critique partner.

I am in need of another professionals opinion and eyes.

I have so many WIP stories going on that they're all blurring together. I have more ideas than time to nit pick every one to death and polish it. I sit and read and edit and it's the same thing over and over- I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not catching my mistakes. Everything just blurs together.

An editor sent me back my recent story submission and said I need to remove the repetition and then resubmit.

I have read and reread the story ten times today and only find two places where things seemed repetitive. The editor gave no specifics and I hate to ask- you know how it is with a new submissions editor you never know when asking will make them say "forget it we're not going to publish you."

And I think this is a publisher I'd really like to be accepted by so I don't want to screw it up. I just wish I had a second pair of eyes to read it over for me.

So now I am wishing I had a critique partner more than ever.

Anyone want to give it a go? Does anyone out there have experience critiquing work professionally?

I think I'd make a good partner. I have judged several contests including an RWA chapter's Golden Rose. I have also worked as an editor. So editing, critiquing...offering advice is nothing new to me that's why I've been doing everything on my own.

But now I am ready to branch out.


Marianne Arkins said...

Roxanne, email me offline at authormariannearkins AT gmail DOT com about this. I am part of a small crit group of mostly published authors and we're looking for a few more members. I need to ask you a few questions first. :-)