Today I wrote twelve more pages of the magnum opus of a trilogy that I have been working on for three and a half years. I wrote today. I spent great deal of the day immersed in the world I created. I have many influences to thank for this day's work. One of those influences stem from this very blog. The Write 6 spur me on and force me to think on my literate feet. I find myself thinking about what they might say when they read a particular sentence or sequence of dialogue. I am forever hopeful that they can't pull away from the passages because it is so awesome and I can see their notes on certain chapters. Sometimes the notes maintain their honest critical eye and other notes remind me that they are still having a blast reading and critiquing!
I like many other writers resisted the whole critique group idea because I felt like I could be so damn hard on myself that I couldn't bear what others might think or say. BUT I was wrong joining a critique has been helpful. I feel great having the outlet and how each of the members keeps me honest with every critique given. It is quite the experience to take work that we toil at and work so hard on and then give it to other people to look at. Ugh so incredibly vulnerable I feel sometimes. (Did I just sound like Yoda there?)"They are gonna think this part sucks? I know it." That thought has assuredly gone through my head many times. Oftentimes my perception of things is way off.
So join a critique group! Leave your insecurities at the door and just do it. Live it. Love it. I am incredibly lucky and grateful that I found the Write 6. I have learned and will continue to learn from this group. Thanks 6ers and Carmela!