Wednesday, 2 March 2016

With a little help from my friends

The first Wednesday of the month is when the Insecure Writer's Support Group make their posts. Do join us if you're a writer, insecure, supportive or all three.

My online buddies come in the 'all three' category. Although they might have lots of doubts over their own work and abilities they're usually very quick to point out the merits in everyone else's stories - even the ones which need a bit of work before they'll be ready to go off.

A good review group or critique partner will be honest about the faults, but will make you think it's worth fixing them. Mine do that and I'm extremely grateful to them.

Thanks, girls! x

btw, my short story collection, Over the Garden Fence is on special offer at 99p/99c this week.

36 comments:

  1. It's a lovely idea, Patsy - we all need a little support and encouragement at times!

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    1. We do, Rosemary. I hope I'm giving it as well as benefitting.

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  2. Thanks right back at you, Patsy, for support and encouragement in many different ways.

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  3. Thanks from me too, to Patsy and Beatrice and all in Fiction Addiction.

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  4. Good critique partners are worth their weight in gold!

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  5. Encouragement, support an critiques are what keeps me going - thanks Patsy.

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    1. It'd be a lonely old game without, Niddy.

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  6. A good critique group has high value. I'm not in one right now.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. I've been fortunate to belong to several excellent groups, Mary and they've helped me a lot.

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  7. I'm so blessed to be part of a wonderful critique group and to have amazing critique partners. What would we do without these amazing people?

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    1. I don't know, Crystal - but I suspect we wouldn't do it so well.

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  8. Yay for great critique partners! I have the best ones too. :)

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    1. Make such a difference, don't they, Christine?

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  9. I love having great critique partners. It's not easy finding someone that will be honest with you about what needs fixing, but won't just try to turn the story into their own.

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    1. It's not always easy, Stephanie - but worth the search.

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  10. Where would we be with IWSG and our beta/critique partners? :)

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  11. Yes, agree that good critiques are immensely helpful. I'm currently trying not to feel too deflated about not being short-listed for a competition I had high hopes for. I didn't get the story critiqued before I submitted it... now maybe there's a lesson to be learned right there!

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  12. Hi! I'm a new follower by way of the IWSG blog hop. I've only had a beta reader and would love to find a critique partner or group.

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  13. I need my small critique group! We share and help each other over the rough patches. I'm in IWSG. I enjoyed stopping by your blog!

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  14. Well said about what makes a good critique group.

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  15. If a critique partner doesn't give you the bad along with the good, you can't become a better writer. Glad you have such a group.

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    1. It's our faults which we most need to know about, isn't it, Susan?

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  16. Good critique partners are hard to find. Glad that you've found yours.

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  17. It never ceases to amaze me that published writers such as you are still insecure!

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    1. Getting published doesn't change our personalities, Liz! Plus we know that each piece is judged separetely and each acceptance could be our last.

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