Where do people find great critique partners? Those friends who are not only honest, but accessable. Professional, yet not too busy for you? Someone who is helpful and can give advice more useful than,
"Well, why'dya have to go and make her say some durn fool thing like that?"
"Because that was the whole point of the book, Dad."
"Seems sorter silly to me."
"Simply wonderful, sweetheart, I laughed till I cried."
"She died, mom."
"And you wrote it so well."
"Why don't you name one of your characters, Carol? Your Great Aunt Carol would get such a kick out of that!"
"Okay, Mom, I will name the teacher, Carol," I say, through gritted teeth.
"No, it has to be a speaking part."
"Mom, this is a book, not a play, for crying out loud!" (See how I slipped in that cliche while you wern't looking?)
And so on and so forth.
All the really great and published writers have great and published critique partners. I have come to the conclusion that this is some sort of secret key. I should put out a want ad.
Wanted: One slightly used (read experienced) critique partner.
- Must be able to spot improper pronoun use from a great distance.
- Must be enthusiastic, supportive and knowledgable.
- Must be able to kick ass and ask the hard questions such as, "You do know how to spell, don't you?"and, "Have you honestly been anywhere that people actually speak like that, cause I haven't," or "Just how stupid do you think your reading audience is?"
- Must be published, have multiple works in progress and still have time for moi!
- Must have eerie encyclopedic knowledge of all living things.
- Must not in any way, shape or form resemble my mother or even someone who looks like my mother.
If you feel you fit these qualifications, run, run like the wind cause you don't want me for a critique partner.