Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thankful Tuesday - Giving Thanks to Critique Partners

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the very lovely Christine Fonseca is hosting a series of Thankful Tuesday posts this month. Every Tuesday we are giving thanks to the important people in our writerly lives. Today is the first post, and we are giving thanks to our critique partners!

I'm really going to dedicate this post to my entire writing group because they are made of awesome.

I met my writing group on my online book club. After hogging up our book club message board with our writing posts, we eventually moved our writing talk to a google group, and now we talk all the time through e-mail and we have weekly chats where we brainstorm, help each other with plot issues, and basically encourage one another as much as possible. We came together as internet friends only, but we've slowly become "real" friends, and I've had the extreme pleasure of meeting several of these ladies in person. They didn't disappoint, of course, and they make me so happy to be a part of such a supportive and enthusiastic bunch of writers.

What I love about my little group is that we are all writing different things, and we are all at different stages in the writing process. Some of us are actively querying, while others are just working on projects that are more personal, or just starting new things. But that variety is what keeps things interesting (not 100 e-mails back and forth about query woes, or 100 e-mails back and forth about starting something new...there's a lot going on with us), and we are all so eager to help each other out.

Me with Shana Silver when she was here in LA for a wedding, and me with Heather Trese, my awesome roommate at SCBWI LA

I have a lot of plot issues; I frequently find myself stuck in some plot corner that I don't think I can possibly get out of. But one conversation with these awesome ladies and I always have my answer, and it's often better than I could have expected.

I have some dedicated critique partners, and, of course, they are brilliant. But when I need a quick idea or help working something out on the fly or just a little ego boost or pick me up, there's nothing like a quick chat (or long, long e-mail chain) with my girls.

Me, Jessica, Tameka, and Becca in Vegas. Nanna...you are totes missing from this picture!

So thank you to the lovely ladies of my writing group. You have helped me more than you'll ever know, and your constant enthusiasm for my project and encouragement when I'm feeling down have kept me going when I thought for sure I sucked more than any writer has ever sucked before.

(You can check out their individual blogs over there <----- Go give them some love! They don't all have blogs...and now I'm wondering if I'm forgetting anyone's blog. Ladies...do I have all of you bloggers over there?)

Do you have a writing group or a critique partner who needs some special recognition? Go ahead and participate in Thankful Tuesday today and give them some special recognition!


  1. We love you, too Jess! You're a constant source of awesome-ness and inspiration. And ARCs. ;)

  2. Awww! You're an amazing writer Jessica Love! I will always be enthusiastic about your writing because it's totally enthusiasm worthy!

    PS- I would love you even if you didn't keep us in a steady supply of awesome ARCs.

    PPS - The ARCs do help though. Seriously.

    PPPS - Etienne owns me.

  3. What a beautiful idea! Don't you sometimes just pause and think that without the internet, we'd be missing out on all these incredible people in our lives? I met my CP online too, and I couldn't live without her in a zillion different ways.

  4. I would love for you to be one of my critique partners someday! I've just barely started on my novel, but I think I'd like to find a writing group eventually. Your group sounds awesome! :)

  5. I missed this post when you first wrote it but awww! Thanks! And right back at you! You're awesome and I know you're going places with your writing!