Most writers, at one point or another, have critique partners.
I have had more than I can count.
Some good, some awful.
Some really great who have lifted my writing to a new level.
Some were in person, face to face, more on the 'net; people I will never meet.
Recently, I was thinking about what I need/want out of a crit.
I guess it might be easier to start with what I don't want.
1. I don't want to be torn down. Good crit, even if it has a negative in it, will leave you feeling good, not awful.
2. I don't want to "be taught". I've been at this a long time, I don't want somebody to act like a know-it-all and shove they're agenda (GMC, character arcs, etc) down my throat.
3. I don't want to be lectured. See above. Unless you're Linda Howard or Sandra Brown, don't lecture me. I already went to college and sat through a whole bunch of lectures!
4. I don't want my sentences/scenes rewritten. I have a certain style and I like it.
5. I don't want to be told how Author X does it. I'm not Author X, I'm DLD.
6. I don't want to have to wait and wait for turnaround. It's disheartening to have to wait for crits.
Now what I do want!
1. I do want to hear the positive. Everyone likes praise.
2. I do want to know if a scene or character isn't working. Point it out, I'll fix it.
3. I do want to know why something isn't working for you. You and I aren't the same. Things I find sexy, you may not.
4. I do want to know if GMC or character arc or whatever is weak. Just tell me, don't lecture. Covered this already, didn't I?
5. I do want constructive criticism. There is a difference between conctructive and destructive criticism. One builds, one tears down.
6. I want a positive experience for both me and you. Sort of like sex, it works better if we're both getting what we need!
I'm curious, what do you want in a CP?