“Working Together is Success”: Finding My First Critique Partner

I’m four days into my #200wordsaday and #100daysofwriting challenge and I’m proud to say that I have achieved (and exceeded!) my writing goal each day. That said, I know I’m starting with a modest goal and that I will have to push myself much harder to complete a serious writing project.

With a full-time job and a one-year deadline to change my life, I know that I have demanding days ahead.

However, even a few days into this undertaking I’m surprised at how much more I feel like a writer. Though 200 words isn’t much (it’s roughly a paragraph), the commitment required to prioritize writing has given me new motivation – and a uplifting sense that my goal is moving forward every day.

I have been investing my #200wordsaday into an ongoing writing project that I had previously placed on a back burner – a paranormal romance that I’m determined to finish and share, even if it’s less-than-stellar. Despite my fears, it’s more meaningful to finish the project, and put myself out there, than to deny my dream for another moment more.

Notwithstanding, I know I can’t do it alone.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading about writing, and I’ve read repeatedly about the importance of seeking feedback.

Earlier this week, I joined the Romance Writers of America as an Associate Member. This was an expensive endeavor for a nonprofit employee, but if I am going to pursue my dreams, I know that I must be bold.

The RWA offers a critique partner program and, according to the RWA directory, there are currently 36 writers in my state who are open to a critiquing partnership. With the expectation that many would not wish to work with an unpublished writer, I contacted eleven potential partners – two of whom replied to express their potential interest.

I admit that this is a scary step, since nobody wants to hear that their writing might be awful, but I am committed to learning from the wisdom of others.

fear and courage
Furthermore, since I imagine that someone who reads this blog may have considered this approach (and may be similarly afraid), I will share the feedback I receive from my partners – even if it is agonizing – to help reassure others that this doesn’t have to be intimidating. Or, at least, that it’s a fear worth facing.

If someone happens to read this, please comment, tweet at me (@TheAdelaideRose) or email me at adelaideroseevreux@gmail.com.

Feel free to share your own critique experiences or, if you might be looking for a critique partner, feel free to share that, too! We are all in this together!

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