I got myself into a real pickle with the WIP last week. I knew –ish what was supposed to happen in the scene I was working on. The heroine was introducing the hero to her friends. …but that’s all I had as far as plotting went. Where did the scene happen? Was there some sort of activity involved—like playing pool or watching a movie? What were the friends’ reactions? What did the hero think about the friends?
I had no idea.
Now in my early days of writing I would’ve sat and lamented my lack of focus (while I surfed the interwebz) then junked the WIP in favor of a new, shiny story that was easier to write because I lurve beginnings—it’s the middle that sucks 😉 PS this is also the reason I have many unfinished WIPs in my files.
Instead I wrote the roughest and most incomplete scene I’ve written in a while and sent it to one of my crit partners. Now I have feedback and a more complete idea of where the scene is going. I really love my crit partners!
Currently I have three critique partners. Two are online that I’ve met through an awesome site called Romance Divas. Both are in a similar place in their writing career as me. They’ve helped me shape my stories both in crits and plotting, held my hand through rejections and cheered my accomplishments. I hope I’ve given them as much help and support as they’ve given me.
My third crit partner is my first in-person writerly friend. We had an interesting meet-cute story. Last year I joined a local writers group but it wasn’t what I expected. The organizer was more interested in getting the group officially recognized by the state as a nonprofit for some reason and had a minimum age requirement of thirteen. Which as an erotic romance writer meant I really couldn’t participate.
So I might’ve peeled off from the group and started my own!
And from that little group I met an awesome aspiring writer and high school English teacher who saved my bacon last week.
Do you have critique partners? How’d you meet yours?