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WBP’s Critique Partner Match Up!

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Hi all! We asked on Twitter if people would be interested in a CP match up post for y’all to find critique partners and it was a resounding yes. So, here you go!

As you might know we all met up through various CP match-up posts like the one hosted by the amazing Susan Dennard. So we are very much pro critique partner match ups on blogs. We hope that this gives you all a forum to talk about your work and perhaps find that perfect creative match so you can ride off into the writing sunset together!

Before we get into the nitty gritty, we wanted to refer you back to a few of our old resources about being a critique partner:

Meg’s post on Giving Constructive Feedback

Kat’s video on 5 tips for being a good CP

And our first ever post that’s just full of CP Love and advice

Okay, onto the match up!

STEP ONE: Write a comment on this post.

In the comment please include:

NAME

AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB)

GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc)

PROJECT PITCH (1-3 lines)

SHORT BLURB (250-300 words. We suggest your opening page)

WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP

CONTACT INFO

STEP TWO: If someone’s manuscript sounds like something you’d like to read, send them a quick message about swapping pages.

Once you both agree that you’d like to swap, we suggest swapping either first 3 chapters or first 50 pages (whichever you agree is better). This is the “trial period” where you see if you actually do like each other’s writing AND if you like each other’s critique style. If you want to be on top of it, we suggest telling the other person what kind of notes you like to receive too. But if this is one of your first times critiquing, that’s fine too! This is all about finding someone to learn and grow with!

STEP THREE: Send critique notes and decide what kind of critique relationship you’d like to have!

So, there are many ways to critique. You could do a full manuscript swap. You can do it chunks at a time. It’s really up to you and your new critique partner, so after you get that initial 50 pages or so back, make a plan for what fits you both best!

If, for some reason you don’t like the other person’s notes or you just don’t think things will work out (for whatever reason), then you should be open about it and part ways with no hard feelings. Sometimes, people’s creative visions just don’t sync up.

Good luck and happy critiquing!!

NOTE: While we love hearing about other people’s stories, the WBP ladies are not looking to add any more CPs to our (abnormally large already) critique group. But we love the idea of having a post that can help other people find each other because other CP match up posts are how many of us met!

57 thoughts on “WBP’s Critique Partner Match Up!

  1. Hi!
    Levi Brown

    Adult Science Fiction Action Adventure

    PROJECT PITCH (1-3 lines) Four early twenty-first century young adults find themselves engulfed in a war hundreds of years in the future. They must overcome differences in background and sexuality to deal with these threats presented to them.

    SHORT BLURB (250-300 words. We suggest your opening page) It’s not my opening page, but it a short scene and part of the buildup to the inciting incident.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP
    Generally more abstract than “nitpicking” but substantive of course.While I have gay protagonists, I am attempting to write something with a broader appeal, so I’d rather you not be someone who specializes in LGBT fiction for that reason.
    I have quite a long ways to go, I’m only just now transitioning from what you could call a version of outline (or just writing a lot of notes to myself and short summaries, basically) into really starting to flesh out the draft and all the scenes, I have a little under 20,000 words and I am looking to write an 80k or so word novel.

    CONTACT INFO levi_brown1996@hotmail.com

    On a bright late afternoon like this the blinds were no match for the sun to warmly illuminate the bedroom. Lynn did not really like being in here and missing out on the beautiful day, but she needed some answers and this was the opportunity she had been waiting for. With a sigh she placed herself in the black desk chair and checked on her computer’s progress.
    Decryption complete. Lynn smiled. It was always satisfying when she and her computer were finished doing something. It was almost like this computer was one of her friends. She spent some time looking through these files.
    There’s no way this is- this is definitely not going in a video game. This is something real.
    Lynn had two days to deal with this. Whatever this was it was about to be ready and about to be used. Could it be like a CIA thing? But they wouldn’t need her or her coworkers. Could it be a foreign government? That just didn’t feel right either. Lynn knew she needed answers.

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