Someone asked me the other day why I’m blogging about the limits of critiquing rather than why you should get your work critiqued, which is a far more common topic on writing blogs.
In the question lies one part of the answer: Most people giving advice or commentary on fiction writing will talk about the value of a writing group or critiquing circle. Likewise, at least in the blogosphere, you’ll find lots of people venting about how hard they’ve found finding a good group is.
What I’ve not seen people talk about are the challenges you’ll face in a good, reliable, helpful writing group. Things which can be frustrating, but which are highly unlikely to be unique to your group. Some can be handled through discussion or ‘rules’ within a group, but the ones that I want to talk about are those that have no ‘cure’. They are just part of life when critiquing.
Which isn’t to say that you mightn’t be reading these posts and find nothing you relate to from your own experience. They aren’t universal. They are just things I’ve come across in the 4 different critiquing circles I’ve been in for my fiction work over the past 6 years.
I hope you find them useful.