When I’m writing my teen mystery books, I sometimes could really use help. It’s been said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That special effect works really well in writers’ groups where writers read their stuff, and the group does a constructive critique.
What is a constructive critique? Hint: Nobody likes to hear only the negatives, or how you should rewrite the whole thing.
- Say something positive.
- Ask a question about character, plot, setting, or motivation, for example.
- Ask, “If you could change one thing . . . “
- What is the next sentence you would write
Those of you who are already in writers group know the value of this activity because writing is a solitary business. When you get stuck,taking it to the group can sometimes give you the key to unlock that door. At times, the support and commiseration you can get from a writing circle is all you need to move on.
The exchange of information as well as thoughts on your writing can lead to a published novel rather than an unfinished manuscript. Try a Meet-Up, a library writing circle, or one of the many on-line writer’s workshops, forums, or blogs. Look for the ones that allow interaction. If you get one that is not the support you want, move on. There are plenty out there.