Five Simple Reasons to Belong to a Critique Group

“Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.” ─ Isaac Asimov

If you’re a serious writer–especially if you’re a newcomer to the profession–becoming a member of a critique group is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Below are five simple reasons why you should search out a critique group that is a perfect fit for you.

 1. Writing is a lonely business. A critique group offers you the opportunity to interact and socialize with other writers.

 2.  You can exchange writing ideas and talk about publishing houses, editors, agents, and marketing.

3.  You get feedback to help improve and polish your manuscript before you send it to a publisher.

4.  You learn to become more critical of your own writing and enhance your writing skills. 

5.  You have a great support group during the ups and downs of your writing career.

The members of my critique group write picture books, poems, and chapter books. Some of us have been published and some have not, but everyone is a valuable asset to our group. We encourage and support one another in our writing careers and in our personal lives. For me, it’s been a very positive experience. We laugh together. We cry together. And sometimes we get rowdy. (We had to move our group from the library to a coffee shop.) I’m happy to say the members of my group are not only talented writers, but they are also my friends.

For information on children’s writing and critique groups go to:  www.scbwi.org

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