Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Hey All!!!

I'd been writing the first draft of my new book (currently untitled, but I have a few ideas that are bouncing around in my brain), while submitting and now editing my third book (Cursed). And I'd found that I was having a difficult time connecting with my main character. It wasn't like it had been with Jazz in Cursed. Jazz was hard core and such a loud voice in my head that writing in her point of view was easy for me. Alana, on the other hand, is more of a quiet being - softer. And after the clarity of Jazz I found it difficult to adjust to the quiet subtleties of Alana.

So, what did I do...I brought my problems to my critique group.

Some of the things that my group does for me (and that I do for them) are:

-They keep me focused/motivated on writing.
-They help me to keep on track with plot, structure, and pacing.
-They point out things in the story that don't make sense.

One of the great benefits of having a group of fellow writers who surround and support you on a consistent basis is that you can go to them when those writing blocks take hold. Maybe it's just me, but talking out my blocks is what helps me get to the other side.

To make a long story short, I was able to get past my distance with Alana and get a better understanding of who she is as a person. And getting past that blockade also helped me to understand her world and the background of her people better as well. So, it was a win-win.

Every writer comes to a point in their career where they need to engage with others who are on this crazy writing roller coaster. Not only has my group helped me to spot points in my stories where my plot wasn't where it needed to be or grammar mishaps, but they also support and motivate me in times when I need that extra push. All in all, my critique group makes me a better writer.

Do you have a critique group? What made you decide to get one or not? What makes your group great?

Happy Writing!!!


  1. You know I have a critique group. ^_^ Besides the same one you're in, I'm a part of several, and they all bring something different. I like having all the viewpoints as well as all of the support. PLUS, I get to read some kick-ass writing. Looking forward to reading your new project!

    1. I totally agree!!! I've been thinking of joining an online one, just to get different perspectives, but haven't made any hard decisions on it yet. And I look forward to send y'all pages soon!!!