Some people seems to dislike, even hate, critiquing. I really don’t know why. I love it!
Doing a crit lets me climb inside someone else’s mind and manuscript and see what is going on in there. Whether the writing is good, bad, phenomenal or horrid, it always tells me something about the author and myself.
I can see things in other’s work that I can’t see in my own, and it makes my writing stronger. If someone relies too heavily on adverbs, I can see where I have done the same thing. Then I know how to fix it.
Critiquing is fun! It takes you on a journey you would never have gone on by yourself. I write paranormal romance, but the works I am currently doing crits on are YA, Historical Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. Every one pulls me in a different direction.
The best part of doing crits is the very fact that you get to read an unpublished work, that could someday be the next NYT best seller. They may not be, but the possibility is there. I love the fact that I can help other people make their work better.
Right now I am going to give a shout out to the people who have helped me with INFECTED. Some are still crit partners, others have just helped along the way. THANK YOU Riley, Tracy, Kacey, Dean, Peter, Don, and Mike. I look forward to learning more from you guys!
Tomorrow, I will be dealing with my least favorite part of writing….the dreaded editing.