July 22nd, 2011
Creating A New Tribe

One thing that happens when you’ve been in writing/publishing for a while is that critique groups can slowly break apart. This isn’t a personal thing. It something that happens when the members start to get published and everyone operates on different deadlines. My original group of critique partners started falling apart a few years ago. We all had deadlines and different types of projects we were working on. In some cases, life intervened. In others, genres started to change and of course the industry imploded. (And continues to do so…)

For a while it was alright. When you’re busy, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. I have realized over the past year though that something important has been lost. Not just in having more eyes on your work (that almost always makes a book better), but having the companionship, the support. I’ve MISSED that aspect of writing life. I never knew how important it was until now. There are authors out there who work better on their own. I’d say I’m more of a hybrid. I work fairly well on my own, but there are times I could really use the input.

That’s why I’m trying to figure out if there is a way to create a new kind of critique group. One that works for the hybrids of the world. I’m looking for any and all input on the subject. If you have an idea of how something like this could work, please let me know. 🙂

9 comments to “Creating A New Tribe”

  1. I completely get what you’re saying. I ‘ve been through several ‘circles” of friend/cp’s.

    Only one place/group of people has stuck right from the beginning is actually a huge community. Romance Divas started small, I remember back then, and it’s grown over the years until it’s huge. The great thing is that no matter how big it gets, it remains the same in that it’s build out of support and comraderie and all things good for writers…and it stays that way. I still go there for support and critiques, brainstorming and just to hang.

  2. Sasha, I’ve never really been part of the bigger groups as far as participating goes. I’m not open enough for that. The older I get the worse that becomes. *ggg

  3. The thing about RD is that the ‘group’ you belong to is only as big as you want it. It’s hard to explain on here, but suffice to say it’s a home I think will always be there for me, and the place where I’ve met some of my best writer friends.

  4. Sasha, I think I mustn’t understand RD at all. :-/

  5. I’m not sure it’s very organized, but there are people (like you!) I trust to read and give feedback, and I try to pick on whoever isn’t busy when I need input. You need enough people that somebody will be able to read/comment for you, and not so many that you can’t do the same in return. But when I’m on the fence about whether I did something right or should’ve made a better choice, getting an outside opinion is invaluable.

  6. Charli, I think you hit the nail on the head. It’s having the ‘right’ amount of people. Right now, I have a few (you included), but too few. And you’re right, you don’t want too many or you won’t be able to help anyone.

  7. I’m with you guys on that. And not just the right amount of people, but the right amount of right people, if that makes sense.

  8. Sasha, Absolutly!

  9. I think if you gathered some close friends, and had like a call me when you need me, and I’ll call you when I need you type thing.

    Sometimes I just need someone to bounce ideas off of and not a real critique or anything.

    I’d love to have a small group of peeps I trust to brainstorm with and read little bits and pieces for me.