ast week, I was a little nervous about presenting my piece to my writer’s group. I was unsure about the changes I made, but, overall the piece went over well and I received positive and good feedback.
Once you’ve been with a group for a while, you can anticipate certain people’s responses. John hates all adverbs, period. Jane doesn’t like dialogue heavy passages. This is good, because you go in knowing what to expect and that gives you a jump-start on sorting the critiques you know you’ll pay attention to and the opinions you know you’ll accept graciously but not listen to.
I think is can also help when you’re writing, too. If you’re an adverb heavy writer, knowing that John is going to circle and comment on every single adverb may make you pause during your writing or editing process. Is this really the best word to use? Is John right or is this a case where I can ignore him?
Of course, that’s not to say that you should write for your writing group: to thine own writing be true.
What’s been your experience in writing groups?