Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing

Here’s a good post with some interesting thoughts about critique groups – when are they a good match, and when has the time come to leave?

Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling In The Storage Room

In the last several months, three of my writing friends have dropped out of their critique circles. Each one of them felt sad about their decision, yet knew it was time to move on. Our conversations got me thinking about the inevitable changes that any writing life goes through.

I am a firm believer in the power of a good critique group. They can gently guide your work in the right direction. If a group is functioning well, it can get a writer through the hard, slow days in the middle of a project. A critique buddy can be the proverbial wind beneath your wings.

On the other hand, a dysfunctional group can cut you down at your knees and leave you bleeding by the side of the road. No one should be given the power to make a writer feel discouraged about their work. Writers are hard enough on…

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