I love my critique groups. I’ve grown so close to these people because I share with them my most intimate creative self. I wish they would always stay the same, but change is inevitable.
The group I meet with each week and have been part of the longest has had eight writers in it. One of our group members is suffering from depression and is taking a break right now. Another member is having marital problems and can’t come for a little while. It is sad to have these dear friends gone. I miss them, and there is an air of sadness in this group.
Another group I belong to meets monthly to discuss an entire manuscript and render a critical evaluation. A couple of people in this group have had great success with their published book. (Two authors co-wrote a book.) And they have another one coming out shortly. There is an air of excitement in this group. Victory is in the air!
The last group—my picture book group is just newly formed. It is fun to get to know new people and admire their talents and abilities. This group has an air of friendliness about it right now. It’s just lots of fun!
Belonging is like a roller coaster. There are lots of ups and downs, but what a great experience to know others and be known of them. I wouldn’t trade even the sadness for anything in the world.
Happy Writing! Christy