|To critique or not to critique. That is the question.|
The other day, I read a post from an anonymous published author who basically said that critique partners have their place and can be helpful. But early on in this persons career when they lacked confidence in their own ability and writing, sometimes critiques caused them to change pieces that they knew inside were perfect for their story. They said that critiques from others had a way of erasing their voice from the pages.
On Cupid's Connection yesterday, Cupid posted about what his/her blog is meant for. Cupid also included that during contests, the comments section is not solely for critiques of the submitted material, but more so for encouragement. And I couldn't agree more. I've noticed over the last two contests that people have felt the need to pick submissions apart. And If I'm not mistaken, Cupid actually used the word "nitpick". Because lets face it. We're humans. And odds are, if we feel it's our duty to "help" the author in searching out their mistakes and bringing said mistakes under the microscope, we will become bloodhounds until we can howl into the night that we've located the troublesome word/line/explanation. Even if there is no troublesome words, lines, or explanations.
I am in no way saying I disagree with writers groups and critique partners. After visiting numerous "interesting" groups and reading feedback that rubbed me the wrong way like sandpaper on already exfoliated skin, I have found my perfect little circle of a "friends who write" group. Not to mention the fact that I also have trusted beta readers and critique partners who sharpen and encourage me.
So, whether we love them or hate them, lets gossip about them! Yes, give me your writers group/critique stories. No names please, but I'd love to hear the juicy details. Maybe one good experience and one bad? I think it's always fun to joke about negative learning experiences. It's much better than brooding over them! Right?