4 comments on “Writing Thoughts: Asking for Critique

  1. I love this post. To me, the world of the critique is like a lake full of crocodiles. Throw your work in there at your peril! But seriously, I think the biggest problem with having strangers crit your work is knowing to what extent they are, or are not, qualified to give advice. I do occasional crits for people – good ones, I think, with well thought out arguments – but the reaction can be very mixed. What I want from a crit is strong professional feedback from someone who knows what they’re talking about. How on earth do you find these people?

  2. Lake of crocodiles indeed! Very apt, sadly.
    I met my writer-friends through online means, commenting on stories they’d posted to FictionPress or LiveJournal, or responding to comments they’d left on mine. Over the years we’ve formed a pretty tight group, and know each other well enough that we can understand the writer’s intention about 90% of the time and avoid off-base critiques. We talk about writing a LOT, and when we’d meet up offline, would most likely huddle together with laptops and write together.
    I’ve actually found fandom a blessing. I know many people who spit on it, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be anywhere near as good — or as supported — as I am without it. I met half my writing friends through our original work online, but the other half through various fandoms.

  3. Ha! “Fandom” just means any group of people who love a published work (movie, TV show, book, comic, whatever) and who get together to talk about it. That’s all. From there it can encompass any number of things, but that’s the basic gist of it.

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