Last Saturday's post touched on the importance of beta readers in the writing process. Again, it can't be said enough how invaluable some of the feedback I've gotten have been. It allowed me to see things that I may have otherwise missed because I
Critique partners are much the same as beta readers, except in my definition they're the
But their purpose is to basically look at your work from another writer's POV and tell you, from that differing perspective, what the hell is wrong with what you've written. Some critique partners tell it like it is and only point out what needs to be fixed or what suggestions can be made to even out the grammar, flow, structure, etc. Others will incorporate a little of the hard-ass critique with some lovin' for things that they liked throughout the chapter.
Fortunately for me, I have two amazing
One of my CPs wrote an awesome post about the dangers of complacency. I mean, not that your work couldn't truly be awesome and fantastic, but let's face it, the writing can never stop getting better and there's always, ALWAYS room for improvement. I actually remember one of my CPs returning the first chapter to me filled with all kinds of suggestions, comments, changes, etc. and the first thing she said was "Please don't be scared off by the comments." The sea of red on my beloved chapter showed me (in a very nice concrit way) how to better my writing and also how to look beyond what was criticized and find a way for improvement. I'm so lucky to have other sets of eyes that aren't afraid to tell me the honest to goodness truth.
Just as important as beta readers and critique partners are the cheerleaders. They are the ones who are there to keep doling out encouragement to help get the book actually written. Another fortunate thing for me is that my beta readers and critique partners are also my cheerleaders. I can even picture @ashleighvegas going on with her pompoms and megaphone. Haha!
But cheerleaders are the support team that your writer stands on. They are the legs to the whole process because they are there when you get to that point where the delete button is looking mighty pretty or when you feel like all you've written is a piece of shit that no one else could possibly want to read. All writers have felt like that at some point in their journey, published and unpublished alike.
What are your thoughts on CPs and cheerleaders and how have they helped you in your journey?