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. 🙂