We all like to feel we’ve written the perfect manuscript, but it’s always better to get a second opinion. When you are immersed in the creative process, it’s hard to spot inconsistencies in your own work. Readers will find the holes in your plots, the unanswered questions, and all those loose ends, you somehow never tied up. When it comes to constructive criticism, some is good but more is better. A critique group will not only support you emotionally, it will make you a better writer. You don’t have to take everyone’s suggestions but weigh each one carefully. The members of your critique group are a microcosm. If they have doubts about your work so may an editor. Don’t fall in love with your own words. There is nothing that can’t be improved; be humble enough to admit it.

About fairysockmother

I am a Harper Voyager, UK author. Among Wolves, the first in an adult fantasy trilogy was released 2015. Grim Tidings followed in 2016 and Before Winter concludes the series in 2017! I have 19 traditionally published children's books including: the Abby and the Book Bunch series and a 2 Readers' Theater series both published through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group, at My first picture book, "The Christmas Cats" was released by Pelican Publishing in 2011. I have reviewed YA material for VOYA magazine for almost 28 years. Follow me on Twitter as FairySockmother and visit my website:
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2 Responses to Critiques

  1. Sharon says:

    You’re so right. I’m taking a few different writing classes and I’m learning that a little humility goes a long way, among other useful cliches. Thanks for this post.

    • Occasionally, a comment from a member of my critique group will annoy me. Later, when I think about it, they are usually right. It just pays to listen and accept critcism when it comes along.

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