How Do You Find Good Critique Partners?

Allison Maruska

Once you finish writing your masterpiece, there are four things you should do:

  1. Have a celebratory drink. I enjoy wine or a margarita, but if you don’t drink I suppose iced tea can be fun if you put cinnamon in it.
  2. Let the book sit alone in a corner for a while to think about what it’s done.
  3. Take another look at it and clean up the obvious messy places.
  4. Allow other eyeballs to scrutinize it and revise accordingly.

It’s helpful if the other eyeballs are attached to the heads of other writers, which is where finding critique partners (CPs) comes in.

CPs are different than beta readers. Betas come after CPs, in theory. They read the finished product and tell you if it flows or if there are plot holes or if it’s the most boring thing they’ve encountered since that play they had to read in high school – that…

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