Okay, all you new and aspiring writers out there: If you really want to write for public consumption, you need to be part of a critique group. At least one.
My critiquing friends keep me motivated, help me write to a deadline, and point out those errors that I’m too close to the manuscript to see for myself. Sometimes they point out things I know are a problem and just haven’t fixed. They nudge me in the right direction. The insight of others is such a help.
And reading the work of others is a great way to learn the necessary skills. Learning to look for pacing issues or plot holes or rhythm, grammar, dialogue, emotional impact, etc., has made me a better writer.
They are sounding boards for potential new ideas. They are a cheering section to help me finish a manuscript or when I’ve received a rejection.
So now I’d like to publicly thank Gail, Eric, Kristen, Suzanne, Cynde, Tamara, Laura and Madeline for being there. You know who you are and you rock!
For a solitary endeavor, it sure takes a lot of people to succeed!