From the official IWSG site: It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Please also try to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.
In addition, IWSG paired with another group and started the IWSG Critique Circle. This group is dedicated to matching people up with the best critique partners possible. If you’re looking for partners or will be in the near future, please join this Facebook group as well.
I highly recommend finding someone to critique your work. The IWSG is a good start. I've networked with writers on twitter and in blogging communities to find them. If you've never shared your writing before, it's scary at first! But if you're planning to publish a book, you'll be sharing your writing with the world. Better first to share with someone who can help you along and offer feedback.
Critique Partners vs. Beta Readers
Critique partners: writers who will work with you fairly closely throughout the development and polishing of a manuscript. Your call on how involved, but typically they will read a chapter revision a few times, or read through pieces of a manuscript to help you along the way. You can do this in person or as an online partnership.
Beta readers: As in beta testing for a new product. Beta readers do not need to be writers; they may just love books, or have a particular expertise. For example you're writing a story set in Miami and you have only been there to board a cruise (the case for me), so having someone who lives in Miami read through the manuscript can highlight inconsistencies or opportunities.
|Me and my critique group @Spring Fling 2014|
- Accountability: I can't get lazy because I need to share work monthly
- Consistency: You get to know your writer friends' "voice" and can pinpoint more easily what they are trying to say but what might not be coming across on the page.
- Brainstorming: This is the absolute best. You know each other's work and career goals. This is time you can use to work through plot problems, come up with new ideas, deepen characters, etc. You have the talent and experience of other writers to help you along
If you have critique partners, where did you find them?