A critique group can be a wonderful spot to learn the craft and develop lasting relationships with fellow writers. However, it’s also a place that can become overwhelming if rules aren’t implemented. At least, that’s my experience, but I’m a rule follower.
Imagine having to critique every chapter that was put out to the group. What if those chapters were 20-30 pages long and there were 24 members posting? Do you realize how long it takes to go through just one of those chapters? I’ll tell you, it takes a good chunk of time.
If you’re a member of a critique group, I have some questions for you.
-How many members belong to your group?
-How often are you required to critique?
-How many chapters can you put up for critique each month? (if there’s a limit)
-How long are the submissions? (double spaced)
-Is everyone at the same writing level?
-Are all members writing the same genre?
-Is everyone unpublished?
-Once someone is published, do they continue with the group?
-How did you hear about the group?
-Did you have to pass a critique or writing test before becoming a member?
-Do you feel you’re getting what you want out of your membership?
-What could improve your critique group?
You may have already guessed, but I’m THINKING about starting a small critique group, so your comments will be very valuable to me. Thanks for taking the time to dish out any advice on the subject.