I’ve been blessed in my writing life to have wonderful crit partners and beta readers and I never to seem to have a shortage of people willing to read. In fact, I have a lot who’ve been asking since they finished my last MS to give them more (sorry, guys!).
But for me, these people aren’t there just to read my stories and point out the flaws—though they do that, too! And there’s never a shortage of errors.—it’s the support they give.
Writing is tough--even when the words are flowing—and it’s essential you have what I’ve termed as “back up.” People who know what you’re going through and can help you not only celebrate the happy times, but also carry you through the awful times, and, believe me, there’s plenty of both.
My CPs tend to be everything from shoulders to cry on to muses. I don’t know how often I’ve brainstormed with one and came up with a whole new way to look at the impossible and come up with a solution or even a brand new story line.
So, peeps, I’m curious. Do you have crit. partners? If so, what do you use them for? Are they your muse? Your shoulder to cry on? Both? Something in between?