Thursday, September 8
To Critique or Not Critique
I always wondered why I never saw the end of Christi's stories in critique group or Kristi's. Until I finished my book. And now I get it. There comes a time in your manuscript where you stop needing input because you, as the writer, have got the story and it's flowing to the end. And getting feedback will only hinder your forward progress.
Early in my book--about the first half or so, I needed the voices of my crit partners. I needed the validation, the inspiration, and the fixes for things gone wrong. But then the writing took off and I stopped relying on the feedback. And this is in no way a reflection of my crit partners, it's just a part of the process.
Now, I've sent my manuscript out to beta readers to see if I got the whole enchilada right. Enough cheese here? More sauce there?
But soon, I'll be starting a new book and then I'm going to need my crit buddies again, just to make sure I'm getting it right and not wasting time on drivel.
Tell me, is there a stage in your writing when you stop relying on your cp's as much as you did earlier?
*the cartoon is honor of Bix ;) I think I'm going to have to get a coffee mug or tee shirt with that on it.