It’s a new year AND a new decade! Wheee!
A great way to start a new year/decade is to take a step closer to your writing goals. And the best way to be a good writer is to…well it’s to write. second best way (that we know of) is to make new connections/writer friends!
We all met up through various Critique Partner (CP) match-up posts like the one hosted by the amazing Susan Dennard. So we love blog-hosted critique partner match ups. Our CP Match up in 2018 and our CP Match up in 2019 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 in 2020 for people to seek out CPs.
Just in case you’re asking, “What is a Critique Partner (CP)?”
A CP is another writer who you share your writing with so you can both give useful critique to make each other’s writing/stories better! You often do this at every point in the writing journey! Lots of already published and huge authors still have CPs!
Okay, onto the match up!
STEP ONE: Write a comment on this post.
In the comment please include:
AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB)
GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (Sci Fi, 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)
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!
NOTE: Feel free to reply to each other in the comments as a way to initiate contact, but please do NOT post critiques in the comments section. Please exchange critiques via whatever outside method you’ve agreed upon with each other.
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 CP Match up in 2019
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!