We all know those people. The ones who love having their work praised by friends and family and other “beta” readers and therefore need no critique group.
(Confession: As a teen, I was definitely one of those people.)
“Why would I need CP’s?” they ask. “My friends/family read a lot, and they love my manuscripts! I’ve already got my target audience.”
Don’t get me wrong, betas are great. I never would have gotten to where I am without them, but CP’s are in another category all their own.
If you have no idea who/what CP’s (critique partners) are or where to find them, here are some guidelines. CP’s should be:
A fellow writer
This is important because not only do these people love to read, they KNOW the craft. They can spot a cop-out deus ex machina or too many dialogue tags a mile away. In fact, they’ve probably made…
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