Finding Critique Partners

Is it just me, or does everyone struggle with this?

I’ve tried joining sites like Scribophile and Wattpad but I’m still searching.

Actually, I did have a wonderful CP a while back and I found her on Wattpad. She was encouraging but she wasn’t afraid to hurt my feelings when it came to something she didn’t think worked. She helped me shape my first novel into something that looked remarkably like a book (with a plot, character arcs and everything).
However, her popularity has risen to Wattpad superstar levels and between writing, taking care of her family, work and ever other demands she (understandably) doesn’t have the time anymore. I get that, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the hardworking and time she’s already given me.

But there’s also this niggling worry. What if that isn’t the reason she’s not reading my work?

You see, I’ve sent the sequel to three people now and non of them have offered any feedback. I know there are a whole array of reasons as to why this could be, but I can’t help thinking it’s because it’s so bad they don’t know how to tell me.

Oh the irony.

I tried to explain that I want to know if they hate it, and that I need to know why in order to improve. And yet still, nothing. Maybe they got bored. Maybe they couldn’t make it past the first chapter. Maybe they just don’t have the time anymore. All of these are fine if only they would tell me.

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Perhaps it’s just me. I’ll be the first to admit that sites such as Scribophile scare me. I’m afraid that I’m not in the same league as the other writers there, but that didn’t stop me from posting. And I got some great feedback but I don’t think it’s the right place for me.

I want someone who will read my book, not just dip into a random chapter and critique my grammar or similes (don’t get me wrong – that is a helpful critique but it’s not exclusively what I’m looking for).

So how do you find a trustworthy, knowledgable CP? How did you find yours?

Currently I’m searching through Goodreads, and I’m trying to stay hopeful, but in the meantime I would love to hear how you found your CP’s!

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Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

The kidlets are back at school!

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That giant wish list of writing I’ve been looking forward to is finally ready to be ticked off one by one, only, Sod’s law has intervened.

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Our house is well and truly marked with a giant Red Cross as I’m suffering with tonsillitis and the two kidlets are taking it in turns to see who can reach the highest temperature.

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Well, what can I do other than rest up, read and watch copious amounts of TV? Exactly.

So here I am watching reruns of Toy Story and dreaming about those quiet moments when I can finally get back to writing.

So close I can almost touch it!

Tomorrow is the first day of the new school year in this household and as sad as I am to see our summer holidays come to an end, I’m looking forward to getting back to writing.

I’ve not had the opportunity to sit and write for weeks and it’s taking it’s toll now. Of course, I have been editing but it’s not the same is it?!

I have my new WIP to work on and having been given some great feedback I’ve decided to take it in a bit of a new direction.

I’m also intrigued to see who made it through to Pitch Wars – I love going through the list and ticking off the books I would love to read. Good luck to all involved, I’m sure there will be more than one ‘winner’ at the end of the ‘wars’.

So welcome to September. Here’s hoping it’s a great month for us all.