Critique groups or clubs are excellent venues for improving and perfecting your writing. There are all kinds of critique groups, but they should all consist of other sympathetic writers who get what you’re trying to do and who will help you accomplish your goal by providing honest suggestions and feedback. Mine is just that kind of group. I’ve been a member of the same group of five to eight authors for several years. Here is a brief description of a club that has worked beautifully for me.
• We meet at Barnes & Nobles surrounded by books as a constant reminder of our goal of publication.
• We meet twice a month. This frequency motivates me to get more writing done.
• Several genres are represented in our group—mystery novels, short stories, science fiction, memoirs, screenplays, literary fiction.
• We limit the length of each submission to 12 double-spaced pages.
• We submit writing pieces ahead of time. This provides an opportunity for “critiquers” to read, evaluate in-depth, and make notes on each piece before presenting their views at the meeting. Also, this enables each writer to take a written critique home.
• We limit the number of minutes for presenting each critique because need enough time for everyone evaluate all submissions.
• Members never argue with suggestions, but elect to use only those they consider will work for them.
I’m always impressed with the powerful feedback I receive from my fellow writers. I also gain much from critiquing the work of other authors. Consider joining or forming a critique group. You’ll be happy you did.