Indie Catholic Authors: Basics of Critique Groups

Why a critique group?

We all need motivation to persevere. We take time from our writing because we need:

  • Deadlines and accountability. A commitment on the calendar to submit something of ours to other writers helps us become professional.
  • Feedback. This is the basic benefit of a writers group. On our own with no input from other writers, we have little direction and little confidence in our work.

Read more at Indie Catholic Authors: How to Form and Facilitate a Critique Group, part 1

What’s our Mission?

  • How will we limit our membership? Will we invite members that complement our writing level and genre, and belong to the same denomination or social group? Or open the group to all writers? Keep in mind that we are forming temporary writing communities with lasting relationships.
  • How will membership develop? By invitation or as a ministry of encouragement for writers?

Read more at Indie Catholic Authors: How to Form and Facilitate a Critique Group, part 2

 

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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2 Responses to Indie Catholic Authors: Basics of Critique Groups

  1. Laurel says:

    My husband is a writer too so we critique each other, but I can definitely see the benefits of having a little support group of other like-minded writers to critique each other.

    • Nancy Ward says:

      Laurel, I’ve been a writer for 40 years and my husband and I critique each other’s work. His writing is technical but I can spot a misplaced adverb or missing comma. He gives me insight on blogs I write about people and events he is familiar with and reminds me of details that improve my writing. If you are in the Catholic Writers Guild, take advantage of the critique groups and expand your network.

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