Friday, June 6, 2014

Kimberly Rose Johnson: To Work With a Critique Partner or Not

For some writers the idea of allowing anyone to read their writing is more than they are willing to do. For other writers the idea of not having at least one critique partner look over and comment on their work is unthinkable. Perhaps you love critiques and want to have as many people as possible read and critique your work or maybe you fall someplace in the middle.

I fall into the middle category—although in the beginning I spent time in each of the other categories. I currently have three critique partners, and I believe without feedback from the various writers who’ve mentored me over the years, I never would have been published. God has blessed me with wonderful mentors almost from the beginning of my writing journey and they’ve taught me with love and patience even when I didn’t want to hear that I needed to keep working.

Although the critique groups I’ve been in have changed through the years, I’ve have the privilege of having one critique partner in particular virtually from the beginning. I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t always care for what she has to say. In fact, sometimes I’m downright annoyed, but I know that she has me and my story’s best interest in mind, so I sit back and chew on what she’s said. Yes, I’ve vented to my patient hubby more than once, but after taking time to think about her comment or suggestion I begin to see her point.

That is not to say a writer must take all critique comments and incorporate them into their work—ultimately it’s your story and no one knows it better than you. What I am saying is that there is value in critiques, and we as writers should be willing to learn from the people we’ve chosen to work with.
We need to be open to correction and instruction and not allow our feelings to be hurt when someone doesn’t agree with us, or suggests we didn’t hit the mark. Keep in mind our critique partners are there to help make our baby the best it can be, and if there is any doubt about their motivation perhaps it’s time to find a new critique partner.

If you’ve never allowed anyone, much less another writer to see your work, I encourage you to find a trusted writer friend that will be honest and fair to give you feedback. How else will you know if what you’ve written hits the mark?

Finally, critique partners can be so much more than what the word implies. They can be prayer partners, advisors, friends, brainstorming partners, cheerleaders, and a shoulder to cry on when the rejections come. We writers live a somewhat solitary life, and we need each other for encouragement as much as for help with our writing.

About Kimberly:

Kimberly married her college sweetheart and is a graduate of Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons and their yellow lab. Kimberly is an avid reader and loves romance, suspense and romantic suspense. She enjoys playing the piano, hiking and coffee with friends. She loves hearing from her fans. You can connect with her on her website at

About Kimberly's New Release:

Susan Hill isn't ready to forgive.

The small-town CPA can't forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Since his parents' deaths six years ago, Blake's been raising his little sister on his own. But he's never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can't undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.

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  1. I believe critique is valuable, no matter the stage of our writing careers. Right now I'm critiquing with no one, but would like to be. We do need what a critique partner has to offer. Good post.

    1. I think I messed up my first reply, so trying again. J
      I'm glad you like the post, LoRee.
      If you are a member of a writers group they probably would be able to set you up with a critique partner or group.

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  3. I completely agree, LoRee. It makes me sick at my stomach to think of turning anything in to a publisher/editor without Tanya Stowe and Sally Laity having picked it apart first. Ugh.