Critocalypse: How To Survive Your First Critique

mushroom-cloud    So you’ve joined a writers group, eh?  Good for you! What’s that you say? You’ve been to a couple of meetings, participated in a few discussions and HOLY MOTHER MERCHANT OF VENICE your short story is up for critique next week! Uh oh. IT’S A CRITOCALYPSE!!!!!

Your first critique can feel rougher than prison yard politics. If you haven’t developed the tough, scaly outer skin of a seasoned writer yet, this will likely hurt. Don’t panic! You can come out  the other side with your soul intact if you follow these simple guidelines: Continue reading

The Usual Suspects: Denizens of the Writers Group

snowflake_imageRemember opening your bedroom curtain in the morning to find the first heavy snowfall of the season blanketing the ground with a foot of pure, unspoiled, pristine  snow? You couldn’t wait to get out there and roll around in it. Snow, glorious SNOW! Then after about four hours, the magic wore thin; you had to pee, you couldn’t feel your fingers and your face hurt because some jerk nailed you in the head with an ice-ball. Jerky jerk-off.

So it is with writers groups. Consider the following: Continue reading