Wednesday Q & J: March 8, 2023

Q: You have been in a writer’s group (critique group) for how many years? And you meet almost every week. Why has that been important to you in your career?

J: My critique group began over 50 years ago and was for published writers from the start.  We critique from a very professional stance. But I know other groups where people range from beginners to well-published writers. Often this can cause a problem, in that the professional(s)  “becomes” teacher rather than compatriot.  I have learned much from other published writers, often about editors who are wonderful, or those to stay away from. When editors are looking for a particular kind of book, that sort of thing.  Sharing such information is key.