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This all started with a tweet…
I’d just watched a great video about finding a critique partner. In it someone noted that finding a CP is a lot like dating. That’s what inspired my wish for an eHarmony clone for writers. I started my search for a critique partner, thinking I knew exactly what I wanted, but as life usually teaches me, I do not know everything!
The good news is that I have met my critHarmony match! Here are some of the posts I’ve done about my search:
A Few Tips on Finding a Critique Partner:
- Know What You’re Looking For – Do you want to work in a critique group, or one on one? How much interaction are you looking for? What are your expectations? These are all questions you should answer before starting your search.
- Trial Period – Once you’ve found a potential match, don’t be afraid to set up a trial period to make sure you work well together. This is the equivalent of going on a “coffee date” first, to see if you can stand spending an entire evening with someone!
- Be a Stalker – My CP Danielle was the one who “made the first move”. She sent me an e-mail asking me if I was still looking for a CP. Before I responded, I completely stalked her! I read her entire blog, and her twitter feed. Both sources gave me a good feeling about her.
- Don’t Compromise – I feel extremely lucky, because my search for a CP was fairly easy. Once I connected with Danielle, it was pretty evident that we were both on the same page. We had similar work ethics, and I knew that she was just as serious about writing as I was. If you find yourself in a situation that’s not working for you, don’t be afraid to speak up! Finding the right CP is a crucial step in the writing process. This is the person you’re going to trust with your book…so choose wisely!
Check out the video that inspired my search…