Feedback is always good. Story critiques from a friend (preferably a brutally honest one) allow a writer to get outside their own head and view their piece the way others will. It allows another person to see and point out things that the writer is blind to.
I used to send my pieces off to my brother. While sometimes it took a few days, maybe even a week, he would often send back a line-by-line edit. It was an amazing gift for me. He was very good at pointing out what I did well, and what I needed to work on. It gave me new confidence in my pieces, and allowed me to perfect them as well.
But now Michael is in California. Happily starting to live his dream of being a filmmaker. And I’m delighted for him.
Only…now I don’t have an editor.
So I said all of that to say this – I’m in search of a writing buddy. Someone I can send my works to and they can send theirs to me. We can critique each others work and help each other perfect our pieces.
I am well aware that this is a dangerous request. Authors are generally known to be very sensitive when someone speaks negatively of their work. I hope I am not that way, but if it came across in the wrong way, I’m sure I would feel the sting as well.
But I really feel having someone to bounce a story off of – well, it’s just plain necessary.
So if you would like a writing buddy as well, send me an email or comment here. I can send you excerpts of my work if you’d like to check my stuff for quality first.