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Critique Partner Match Up 2019!

Writer's Block Blog BannerHappy 2019! Hope you all had a great 2018!

A great way to start a new year is to make new connections and move forward with your writing!

We all met up through various CP match-up posts like the one hosted by the amazing Susan Dennard. So you can imagine we love critique partner match ups on blogs. Our last CP Match up had a lot of people in the comment with their amazing projects! And we hope to continue paying it forward by providing a fresh forum for people to seek out CPs.

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 (Twitter size ~280 characters)

WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)

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.

As a bonus, here are a few 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

Feel free to still peruse the projects on our last CP Match 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 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!

88 thoughts on “Critique Partner Match Up 2019!

  1. NAME: Kat

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

    GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc): Low/High Fantasy

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): From a young age, Amarithari has known one truth: her marriage would heal the country. In a nation torn by racial tension, the renewal of an ancient treaty is the only hope for Aracledon and its people. But when an assassin is sent to kill her, Amarithari learns there is more at stake than a simple marriage. With an unwilling suitor and a war on the horizon, Amarithari much uncover the truth behind her attempted assassination and the strange machinations surrounding her country before all it lost.

    Tag: A princess foils an assassination plot, discovers magic and stops a genocidal mage from conquering the world.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines):
    1.) Pacing/flow of the overall big picture
    2.) General character development

    CONTACT INFO: katherynnrune@gmail.com

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    1. NAME: Amani

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

      GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc): Romance, Mystery, and Drama.

      PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): When Freya’s fight with her friends get out of hand, she’s relieved to find out she’s moving to another country away from all the drama. That is, until she finds out that her family is one of the families involved in a murder.

      WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines): I’m looking for ways to improve the content and the tension between the characters. Basically, what are some plot twists that you’d find interesting and are the characters compelling enough?

      CONTACT INFO: amanisalahudeen@gmail.com

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  2. NAME
    Dave W.

    AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB)
    Adult but not mature content. Think Deadpool

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

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters)
    My current project is only 11k words but in early growth. Jessica, a starfighter pilot in the SpaceCorps, does an emergy jump with her damaged fighter, and crash lands on an alien outpost world controlled by the enemy. She befriends an escaped slave in the wilds and does what she can in order to escape this world and alerts the rest of SpaceCrops of its location.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)
    quid pro quo in reviewing/editing.

    CONTACT INFO
    WritersBlockParty@emaildave.info
    Yeah it’s a legit email address

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  3. Kel Schmutz

    YA/NA

    Fantasy & Contemporary Romance (WIP is light fantasy romance)

    A young woman born with an unexplained power known as the godtouch struggles to win her father’s release from an organization dedicated to hunting down her kind. Unfortunately, this means rubbing elbows with the future leader of the organization, a boy who soon has her questioning everything she thought she knew.

    Looking for a CP who loves similar things in a story: character development and romance, with enough external conflict and intrigue to keep the plot moving. Think The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

    kaeleena11@gmail.com

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  4. NAME
    Elsa.T

    AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB)
    YA
    GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc)
    YA action
    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters)
    Julian Scott is the son of a poacher. When his parents force send him to poacher school he is not happy.
    When his parents find out about the rabbits he is keeping as pets, they kill the rabbits. He goes against his parents and finds out they are planing to kill an endangered animal. He and his sister must save the animal before their parents kill it.
    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)
    Grammar and spelling. Everything
    CONTACT INFO
    Elsa.Tate@students.iswuxi.com

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  5. NAME: Brittany

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

    GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc): mystery/suspense/thriller

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): Kiera’s life is turned upside down, once again, when her father dies in prison. He changed her world when she was a teen by getting convicted for killing multiple women. This time she has to journey c]back to her hometown and face the people she fled from over a decade ago. All she wants is to finish breaking the ties to her dad and go home but things change when people start dying and the town blames her. Can she prove her innocence or will her family’s past make her guilty in even the court’s eyes?

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines):
    – a friend to talk about writing with
    -someone to trade work and critique with
    – someone who will be honest and constructive with their criticism

    CONTACT INFO: brittanylneeley@gmail.com

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  6. Natalie Hoover

    Adult

    Women’s Fiction/Romance

    When workaholic husband leaves his wife alone in Mexico on what was meant as a vacation to fix their failing marriage, 32 year-old Nina Fleming has an affair with a sexy stranger who also happens to be her husband’s boss. Baby news follows. David and Bathsheba rewrite. Sexy rom-com.

    BRIDGET JONES DIARY meets THE BIBLE

    WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IN A CP: A writer friend to grow with! Big Picture Edits: Plot structure, pacing, character development.

    I’m currently a magazine columnist. This is my first work of fiction.

    Contact:
    myaviation101@gmail.com

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  7. NAME: Shane Reid

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

    GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc): Contemporary! (I used to write Fantasy but I found my writing style more suits Contemporary)

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): When trans boy Theodore receives the news that his ex-boyfriend has committed suicide and left him a letter with three gifts, he tries to move on. Yet as he does with new boy Zack, he realises grief had bigger hooks in him than he realised.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines): I’ve had agent consideration on this book but although they say I have an important story at the heart of it and I have a good talent for writing, I still feel like there is much more depth not yet written. I need help with expanding chapters/what works/what sounds too pretentious or predictable!

    CONTACT INFO: Message me on Twitter @ShaneDReid or email me! shanedorian98@gmail.com

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  8. NAME: Hannah R. Goodman

    AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB): Older YA and New Adult

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

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters) 18-year-old Maddie Hickman is grieving the death of her beloved grandmother all while she rekindles a relationship with her bad-boy ex-boyfriend, and relapses with an on-going battle with debilitating anxiety. Adding to her stress is dealing with her parents’ mounting judgment and ultimatums when she decides to delay college, work on her mental health, and figure out what she really wants in her life.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)
    I am an experienced and seasoned writer wanting to find someone to bounce my ideas off of and give me some constructive and kind feedback as I flesh out the first draft of this manuscript.

    CONTACT INFO hrgwriterwoman@gmail.com

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  9. NAME: Kassia Raj

    AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB): YA and New Adult

    GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc): Urban/Low Fantasy

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): She’s been running from problems her whole life, Elena has a new plan: move back home with her best friend and move on from her grief. Until she bumps into a stranger who’s also looking for closure and willing to do anything to get it. With his untimely arrival comes more pain, loss, and secrets revealed about a whole world that should’ve stayed hidden.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines): Someone to focus on big-picture issues with the characters (are they likable/real/memorable enough?) and plot (do the characters’ actions make sense? is there enough emotion and tension? are there subplots that need updating/additions?). Looking for some long-term CPs!

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  10. NAME
    Reem

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

    GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc)
    As dumb as it sounds, fanfiction including romance, action, fantasy

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters) MARVEL meets HARRY POTTER
    Timeline: Captain America: The First Avenger (1943-1945)
    With her best friends off fighting nazis and a wizarding war occuring simultaneously, Florence has to do the impossible and use her less than human abilities to reach one goal: end the wars and have her loved ones safe. But with arising feelings for Steve Rogers and the wars seemingly intertwined, it isn’t as simple as it seems.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)
    knowledgeable on the different universes the events occur in and able to catch tiny plotholes and inconsistencies with canon.

    CONTACT INFO
    Intagram: smhreem
    email (although I don’t check it much): reemthememe@gmail.com

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  11. NAME: Debora

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

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

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): Once upon a time in a realm far away, an ordinary girl, no princess, no royalty, declared that this story would have never been a tale as old as time…
    In the prosperous kingdom of Imperial a generous King and his beloved fairy Queen have ruled in harmony the lands for forty-eight years, but the King has now come to age. Handing the crown to the future generation means that, the most famous election contest is about to begin, and no task has ever been more challenging. As the Fey-gods have spent centuries hiding the evil rising, the time has come for the curse to redeem his debt. This years election will be the start of a new era for the kingdom and the future queen, whose choice will either destroy or save everyone, mortals and immortals alike.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)
    – feedback on the flow of the story and overall plot and character development
    – grammar and spelling
    CONTACT INFO: hallunidebora@gmail.com

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  12. NAME: Jessica Wang

    AGE CATEGORY(IES): YA/New Adult

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

    PROJECT PITCH (Twitter size ~280 characters): My story follows Landyn, who is a 2nd year college student at the Ichazo Institute of Higher Learning, a specialized university. It chronicles her growth as the task of selecting a concrete career path becomes ever more pressing, and the changes she undergoes as a result of the people and world around her.

    WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines): Someone to give me honest opinions on the characters (are they nuanced/real/memorable?), the pacing of the story, the world-building, effectiveness of subplots, and overall effect of the story. Would love to find some long term CPs!

    CONTACT INFO: Jessica.wanghgr@gmail.com

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