Friday, January 25, 2013

Critique or Not Critique

When I first became a published author, my DH was my first and only critique partner. Then I realized a couple of things. First, while his input was usually right on—and it took me a while to accept that—he was reader, not a writer. And that’s what I needed—someone who could tell me “This part drags” or “You had a pov shift here.” All that stuff another writer sees and points out (Very nicely, of course. No “This sucks” allowed.)

So if you’re on the verge of becoming published, find yourself a critique partner or two. I think you’ll find the time you spend revising based on solid criticism well worth it. Hang your ego on the porch and remember, the baby can always use a bit of spit and polish to really shine.

 Have a wonderful day. Check out my latest menage--cover right.

Dee Brice
Erotic Fantasies Where Nothing is Forbidden


Fiona McGier said...

I don't let husband read my stuff anymore unless he wants to buy it like everyone else. He doesn't like the romance genre, so he has to stretch to say something nice, and invariably it's something rude though he doesn't mean it to be. One of my sons is a voracious reader and he's a much better judge since he gives actual substantive criticism and/or praise as warranted.

Tina Donahue said...

Love the cover - the lavender/purple are so romantic. :)