Scribophile: (Almost) A Year in Review

Last September I joined Scribophile, an online writing community that specializes in peer review and critique. So here it is, almost a year later, and I thought I’d do a little update to the Scribophile review I posted then.

At the moment, I’ve got the first twelve scenes of my current project up on Scrib, with a total of 63 critiques over the lot of them. This is not counting the crits I received on a scene I ended up trashing altogether (and a big thank you to everyone who helped me make that leap!).

Since I joined Scrib… Read more

Getting the Most Out of Critique

How to be a tortured artist if you actually have a pretty good life: write something you love, then give it to someone else and ask them to tear it to pieces.

I’ve talked about writing groups and critique before, and you know that I think peer feedback can be really useful at certain stages of your writing, but it can also be incredibly damaging if you seek it out at the wrong time, or from the wrong people. Some of us are more sensitive than others, but no one really¬†enjoys¬†having the flaws in their work pointed out to them. It can be really gratifying to see your work improve, though. The trick is to find the right critique at the right time, and learn how to set aside your writerly ego enough to benefit from the feedback you receive.

Here are a few of my ideas on how to do that: Read more