Warning: This is not going to be a happy post.
I’ve been in three critique groups from the end of 2020 to now. One I formed, two I was invited to join. There were two more I helped form and turned over to others (both are non-US based and there were timezone and language issues which made regular exchanges with them challenging).
Let me be blunt.
- Most people calling themselves writers have no hope of becoming international bestselling authors.
- Most people calling themselves authors have no hope of becoming anything more than self-published wannabes.
- Most people in critique groups want a pat on the head, a hug, and a rousing cheer of “Good for you! You put words together!” and not a serious critique of their work with the goal of improving their craft.
Some people proudly tell me they never pay for online courses and only take the free ones.
“How long you been doing that?”
A few years now.
“You been taking courses for a few years and your work still sucks this much? Put your money on the table now, honey, otherwise your work ain’t going nowhere.”
(you may enjoy the complete “Can I Be Honest About Your Writing?” series starting with Can I be honest about your writing? (Part 1 – Oh, the Vanity of it all!). I also talk about what makes a good critique in my interview starting at about 1:35m in)
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