Critique Groups: Ego, Etiquette, and Expectations

Good advice on critique groups from Ernest San Giacomo.

San Giacomo's Corner

Hello, all you budding authors. Have you been shying away from joining a critique group? Maybe you’re apprehensive about showing your work in public. Perhaps you’ve written a chapter, a poem, or a short story, and only your spouse and best friend have read it. Their reaction was likely one of two things.  One, they gushed over it and cheered you on. Two, they were brave enough to offer criticism – bubble-wrapped though, so it wouldn’t hurt your feelings. Either way, they could understand the piece, and they think you’re brilliant, so you don’t think you need a critique group. But the truth is that a personal fan club plus two dollars will only get you a cup of coffee.

In contrast, a writer’s critique group is a powerful tool to have at your disposal. Within that circle of colleagues, your work is examined by other authors acting as beta…

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2 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing the original article. I think a lot of it applies to photography and other creative endeavors as well! 🙂

    1. I’d never thought of that before, but I’m sure you’re correct. 🙂

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