My Critique Group
by Anne Greene
Most authors have a critique group. My group formed three years ago. Several writers in our local American Christian Fiction Writers chapter begged for a critique group in their area. I was too busy and didn’t want to start a group.
But the Lord had other plans and nagged me until I relented. I’m so delighted I listened to my Lord. Three other writers began to meet at my home each Monday night. One writer dropped out and another took her place. Two other writers come and go as they feel the need.
But four of us have been together now for three years. We are tight. We enjoy each other and pray for each other. Most of all we are HONEST with each other about our writing.
But before we got to that stage of enjoyment, my three new writers discovered critique groups hurt. Yep, painful. Like someone telling them their baby was ugly. No matter how delicately we discuss each other’s problems, the critiquing process is agony. Like birthing a baby without anesthetics. Other writers came who could not overcome the crucible and left. As the lead writer and sometimes teacher, I’d been in several other critique groups, so my skin was thick, and I welcomed any problems the others pointed out.
So, my neophytes became good writers.
This year we wrote a Christmas anthology together. The collection is called Mistletoe, Jingle Bells, and Second Chances. Each novella is unique. Two are contemporary romances: Lana Newman Kruse’s debut novella is titled It’s The Right Time For Love, and James Yarbrough’s debut novella is titled Jingle Belles and Christmas Beaus. Two are historical romances: Linda Baten Johnson’s novella is titled The Matchmaking Widow, and my novella is titled Avoiding the Mistletoe. These novellas are about a second chance for love. And I know you will enjoy each one.
I’m giving away five autographed copies of Avoiding the Mistletoe.
Anne Greene delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Anne hopes her books transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.