I'm looking forward to a mega-critique/brainstorming day with my writing buddy, Ashlyn Chase. (This is her upcoming release, STRANGE NEIGHBORS, June 2010) We plan to work together all day and then meet up with our DH's to go out to supper tonight.
Just on the surface, you wouldn't think Ash and I could find much common ground. She's a Wiccan and I'm a Christian. I'm conservative and she's a progressive. She loves betas and I'm all about the alpha. Ashlyn writes wacky, sexy paranormals with shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves and witches, oh my! I write historical romance.
But when we get together, it's all about the writing. We catch each other's boo-boos and lend that all important critical eye. We respect each other enough to offer each other our unvarnished opinion (and enough to not take offense if the other ignores it!)
And I think it's good to surround yourself with people who think differently that you do. You get a fresh bead on things. Writing is such a solitary activity. It's refreshing to share with someone who's also making that long solo journey through a manuscript.
Ashlyn's critiques are a serious help to me. But the best part of finding someone to work with is finding a friend.
If you're a writer, do you have a critique partner/group? Readers, do you enjoy a book more if you're involved with a reading group where you can share what you experience?
PS. It's Chatelaine Friday, my usual day to post on that group blog. Hope you'll pop over to join me there too!www.thechatelaines.blogspot.com