Sunday, April 14, 2013

4 QotW: Do You Have A Critique Partner?


Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.


Question of the Week for April 14, 2013:
Do you have a critique partner?

Giving your precious manuscript to someone to read with a critical eye, to specifically look for weaknesses, is one of the toughest things writers do. Sometimes my finger hovers over the SEND button for five, ten minutes as I gather up the courage to send my manuscripts to my CPs. But it’s always worth it in the end. Critique partners are a vital part of the writing process. Yes, critique partners critique, but don’t forget the other part of that title: partner. They want you to succeed. They want to help make your manuscript the best it can be. A good critique partner will offer advice and encouragement along with critiques.




Do you have a critique partner?

My answer: I have several critique partners. My very first CP is our very own Martina Boone! We cyber-met a couple years ago when she first started this blog. Since then I’ve also partnered up with a few others, mostly members of my fantablous RWA chapter, Chicago-North. Not only do we exchange manuscripts for critique, we get together once or twice a week to brainstorm and write. Each of my CPs make me a better writer. I sincerely hope I do the same for them.

YOUR TURN: Do you have critique partners? Tell us about them. How did you find them?



4 comments:

  1. My main critique partner is also the fabulous Martina. Her insights are invaluable to me. My other CP is the lovely Vivian Mahoney. It's a newer partnership, but I can already tell she is going to be wonderful.

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  2. Oh! Vivian Mahoney! We recently started following each other on Twitter. She's great! Yes, I'm sure she's a fantastic critique partner. (If you're reading this, Vivian... hi! ;-D) And I know from experience how wonderful Martina is as a critique partner. How fortunate you are to have TWO awesome CPs, Jan!

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  3. I do, and her first NA book sold a few weeks ago with a pre-empt. Which means I get to read her next book before her editor. :D

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    1. That's one of the best things about being a critique partner--you get to read their books before they are books! Congrats to your friend, Stina. It's always a good feeling when you help your CP find success.

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