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Friday, October 8, 2010

Don't Kick The Messenger!

In fact, you should be thanking him (or her). In honor of Friday's Fluff, I'd like to give a big shout out to critique partners everywhere. It isn't easy being honest, especially if it's negative, but that's what it takes. Wouldn't you rather hear the truth than a fluffy bundle of lies? I know I would! I've had several crit partners over the last year, and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. They pointed out my dreaded faults with a kind honesty that I will appreciate forever. Don't get me wrong; there were times I felt like kicking them because they just didn't get it, but in the end, their feedback made me think. I'm a better writer because of them (you know who you are). So, instead of kicking your crit buddies, take a moment to thank them. They deserve a little Friday Fluff! Where would you be without them?

22 comments:

Carolyn V. said...

So true! I love my crit buddies. I couldn't do it without them.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love everyone who has given me an honest crit. My writing grew because it. Oh, sure, there are times I feel like throwing myself under a truck, but I get over that pretty quickly. :D

Laura Pauling said...

It is so hard to give a harsh but gently crit b/c it's always hard to receive them too. But it's the only way to grow!

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Thank you to my critique partners! My writing would not be anywhere near where it is without them. They're such a blessing and love that they give me honest, constructive feedback. Thanks ladies!

Tamika: said...

I would never have imagined what a treasures my critique partners would be:) To take the time and work to strengthen me fills me with gratitude!

jbchicoine said...

:)
...likewise, I'm sure...

Suzanne Casamento said...

I totally agree with you. I'm kookoo for my critique partners. My last novel would have been not so good without them!

paulgreci said...

I'm thankful for honest critique partners!!

Diane said...

So true! :O)

lotusgirl said...

I've blogged about this myself. It's so true. I appreciate all those who have critted for me.

T. Anne said...

tHaNk YoU to my very cool crit partner!!! She's made of pure awesome!!!!

Steph said...

Love this!! Honest feedback is priceless!! :)

Melissa said...

I don't have any crit buddies.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Back at ya, Cindy and Terri and Jill and several other women who have taken me under their wings.

I thank you. My work is better because of what you've invested.
~ Wendy

Jade said...

I don't know where I'd be without my crit buddies. They're life savers!!

Nancy said...

Yes, when I had my writing groups, the crituques caused me to feel all of your emotions as well as the "thank you" at the end. Good work.

Guinevere said...

I love the honest criticism and the people who deliver it!

Karen Peterson said...

It's definitely to remember and be grateful to these people. I've been on both sides of it and it's definitely hard work!

Patti said...

I know I've learned a ton from crit partners and I'm so grateful that they've allowed me to read their work, because I've learned a lot from that process as well.

Angie Muresan said...

I NEED to get myself a critique partner.

Happy weekend to you!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

I haven't gotten to the point where I'm ready for critique partners yet, but it sounds incredibly helpful to have them. I'm curious, how did you find yours?

Ishta Mercurio said...

Amen to that!