Critiquing takes your writing to new heights. Here are 11 of our top reasons why!
1. Accountability. A reason to write each day (Someone is waiting to read your work!)
2. Accelerate your writing to new heights – suggestions for improvement in your inbox.
3. Raise your spirits. Writing has it’s fair share of tough moments. Nothing nicer than someone complimenting your last chapter to cheer you up though.
4. Build your confidence! Nervous to put your work out there? Showing it to a CP is a great first step.
5. She’ll help you to see where you are going wrong, and more importantly, where you are going right. This is a great way to find “your voice”.
6. You’ll get a different point of view. Stuck, unsure about a phrase, character or storyline? Having a second opinion can help – after all two brains are better than one!
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7. She’ll help you see your work – which you have been too close to for too long – with a fresh pair of eyes. This makes it easy to reveal inconsistencies, plotholes or lack of description/ vital information.
8. It can help reverse writers block. It happens to the best of us love!
9. It makes the writing process less lonely. Connecting with your CP is like a virtual coffee break or lunch date.
10. Get some support! Great CP’s are your biggest fan and greatest cheerleader. She can offer you advice from someone who ‘gets’ the writing world, as well as supporting your marketing efforts when the time comes to publish. Double the punch!
11. Having continuous, steady feedback will give you a preview of what your readers will say later. As a writer you are going to receive feedback whether you ask for it or not – from agents, publishers, editors and eventually reviews. Let your CP catch the holes first!
Bonus Reason: For those who wish to Self Publish
If you are considering self publishing, be aware that readers are repeatedly pointing out plot holes, inconsistencies, spelling errors and general problems with manuscripts that make a book look obviously ‘self published’ in their reviews. This can harm sales of a book or eBook for a long time.
Ladies Who Critique support the digital publishing revolution and are all for self publishing and the freedom and control it gives authors who understand new media. However it is imperative that we keep the standard of our manuscripts high, so that self publishing does not suffer from a bad rap. Critique is a very different thing from editing, and having a group of critique partners – as well as a professional editor – is a crucial part of maintaining a high standard in your manuscript.
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