Critiques are an important part of writing; they allow others to preview our work while opening ourselves up for public opinion, opening our eyes to things we may not see. They give you a chance to revise and polish your work before it’s reviewed by agents and editors. It helps improve your writing and it provides the always needed pat on the back when it’s a job well done. Writers are often the best at critiquing one another’s work, and I’d like to provide a place for people to do that.
So I’ve decided to offer monthly critique rounds on my blog. Some months it may be for loglines or queries, other months first page rounds. Depending on my workload, this will most likely fall at the beginning of each month with submission rules being posted one week prior. Since I’ve never done anything like this before, there may be kinks in the first few rounds, but with any luck, it’ll work straight out of the gate.
I’ll be hosting a first page round in the coming weeks as a beta trial, to see what kind of turn out this gets and if this is a successful feature to keep on my blog. Stay tuned for details.
For those of you entering the “Baker’s Dozen” on Authoress’s blog, next week, if you feel you need a critique on your first page (250 words) before submissions, please comment below ASAP. If I get a good response by Friday, October 28, I’ll host a “Crunch Time” critique session for a lucky few over this coming weekend. By crunch time, I mean there will be a small 24-48 hour critique window open that I hope will give you what you need to make your first page agent-ready. (Speaking of Authoress, you’re probably familiar with her awesome monthly “Secret Agent” contests. The critique rounds I’ll offer could be the perfect time to test out your work before entering.)
Even if you aren’t entering, make sure to stop by and give your fellow writers your opinion; feedback is greatly appreciated!
From personal experience, critiques have made my writing grow much stronger. My hope is that by offering you this opportunity, you’ll see your writing grow, too.
Fingers crossed that this is a success!