Over at A Writing Journal, Bethany was discussing her need for a critique partner/beta reader/blogging group. And I found myself nodding (emphatically) in agreement. I have a fantastic crit partner, but right now, neither of us are motivated to work on our WIPs and we’ve kind of sunk into a “woe-is-me” period – my writing is never going to be good enough, I’ll never find an agent or get a publishing contract. I should just give up now and learn to knit.
Sound familiar to anyone?
It’s not a pretty place to be, and with both of us living there, it’s hard to scramble out of that hole. But I think Bethany has something – when you have a group of people you’re accountable to, or even inspired by, it can be easier to stay excited and motivated about your writing. When someone is waiting on your critique, or is anxious for your next chapter, it can be an additional motivation to get things done – and when it’s a group, you even have that additional pressure to kick your ass into gear.
So what do you think? Are you part of a critique group? Have you found it helpful? What motivates you to keep going when you’re in the writing doldrums?
And of course – if you’re looking for a group, check out Bethany’s blog – as she’s trying to pull one together.