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Where I am in the writing process: I am currently in the process of trying to figure out which story I need to focus my attention on. I've been struggling with this for months now.
My current problems: I don't have a current critique partner. (My sister doesn't count--she never reads anything!) SO in the beginning I once had about 5 critique partners. And I've learned a lot from those experiences. Here some types of critique partners you might find.
Type 1: Enthusiastic in the beginning type. I often find a critique partner whom I think is wonderful. We exchange back and forth for the first couple chapters. Then the honeymoon period ends. For one reason or another things just start to dwindle. Maybe they didn't like my work. Maybe they weren't that serious about having a critique partner. But either way they just stop communicating.
Type 2: Different levels. I've had this go both ways. One of my critique partners in the beginning was very responsive. Always reading everything and very eager to give feedback. But when I read her stuff I was bored out of my mind! I kept it going just because it was great receiving all her feedback on my work. Eventually that one ended. Another example. I had a critique partner who already found an agent. She was my favorite. But I was never up on her level. Her stuff was fun to read, but I think eventually she got bored with my stuff.
Type 3: A sugar coater. I've had critique partner be super responsive but never say a bad work about anything. I might keep in touch with them for a while but eventually I start needing stronger advice. Stuff that will really help me grow as a writer.
Type 4: Too harsh. This is the worst. It kills your confidence and makes wanting to continue on with writing impossible. Don't diss someones work (no matter how bad you really think it is).
My question this week: Critique partners? Anyone have a story on where they found a good one? And ways to keep the relationship going?