Katherine Mankiller


Writer’s group advice?
February 7, 2009, 2:30 pm
Filed under: crit groups

I’m in a writer’s group that is MADE OF AWESOME, but it’s also made up of only three people, and one has to take a hiatus. If we were going to increase our numbers, what would you recommend?
I’d really rather have our own writer’s group than join someone else’s. I used to use Critters, but I’m not ready to go back there. Having been in a good critique group for awhile, I’m spoiled by regularly receiving critiques from people who give good critiques.
Don’t get me wrong, I always got a lot of crits at Critters. I’d get a couple that were really useful and insightful, just completely awesome crits, and a lot of crazed badger crits along the lines of, “I can’t relate to your character because I don’t know what he looks like. Can you include a line where he sees his reflection in a mirror and describes himself so I can relate to him?” Um, no.
(Generally speaking, when I see myself in a mirror, I don’t think to myself, “She was about 5’6, with brown hair and…” The closest I get to that is seeing myself in a mirror and thinking, “Oh, shit, is that a coffee stain on my shirt?”)
Anyway, advice for adding people to an existing in-person critique group would be welcome. I’m thinking of making it a requirement that you must have at least one sale just to weed out the fanfic-only writers and the bad milsf clones. Nothing personal against fanfic or good milsf, of course.


5 Comments

Looking in a mirror and thinking, “Oh, shit, is that a coffee stain on my shirt?” would actually be a nice bit of characterization. As opposed to, “She was about 5’6, with brown hair and…”

Comment by Another Voice in the Cacophony

Heh. It’s also more what a person might actually think when confronted with a mirror, IMHO.

Comment by k.mankiller

My group currently grows through personal recommendations. It sounds like you folks don’t have that option, otherwise you would have exercised it. Maybe a post to Broad Universe? That’s how I started my group. That, plus by networking at WisCon.

Comment by Jennifer Pelland

That’s a really good idea, Jen! Thank you!

Comment by k.mankiller

Hey…I’m new to Atlanta and I’m trying to find a horror friendly critique group. I’ve had three short stories published and two more to be published in the next six months. I almost fell out of my chair laughing about your mirror comment and totally understand where you’re coming from. With that said, I’m looking for a group to join and would like to know if your group is still meeting on a regular basis? I’d like to get some more information on your group if possible. I can be reached at hksteele@comcast.net
Thanks,
Kyle

Comment by Kyle




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