Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Favorites

For this week it's been kind of a love hate thing. At first I hate them, but after I take a few deep breaths and a walk around the block, they are my favorite things.

What is it that could elicit such a response?

Critiques

When you first open the document and see that it didn't return with 'I LOVED IT' written all over the pages, your shoulders slump, your throat clenches and you can't possible imagine how you can fix something that you've worked so hard on and thought was perfect.

But then, like I said, you take a few deep breaths, a walk around the block, and maybe a bite of chocolate and begin to think more rationally. You see that the red marks are actually going to make your writing better. The suggestions are worthwhile to read. And you should make some if not most of their suggestions. Then your shoulders straighten, your throat unclenches, and you can picture all the corrections you're going to make so that your manuscript shines.

So to all the people who have critiqued my work - you are my favorite thing this week.

How about you? What's your favorite thing?

8 comments:

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's a good one. I get concerned that my CPs aren't doing their job if they say they love it. LOL

Anne Gallagher said...

My favorite thing this week is that I got the grass cut (3 different yards) and it didn't rain in between.

Gotta love those crit partners!

Jessica Nelson said...

Yeah, there's def. a love/hate relationship with my critiques. I want I Love It but I need Fix This. lol
Favorite thing today? Quiet.

Donna L Martin said...

Greetings!

My favorite things are the beach, hanging out at home on a blustery winter day where I can read a book and sip hot tea, and talking to my best friend...that is if I'm not writing my next story of course...;~)

I'm hopping over from GUTGAA and visiting some blogs along the way. Nice to meet you...lovely blog! Good luck with GUTGAA...

Donna L Martin
www.donnalmartin.com
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

Melissa Hurst said...

I know what you mean. Seeing all of those things to fix is hard, but it's a great feeling when you actually do fix those things and see how much better your book is for it.

My favorite things this week - The Vampire Diaries and Veronica Mars! :)

Connie Keller said...

I totally agree--it's hard to swallow the crit marks. But they're there to help. Besides, if a story came back without any, I'd think my crit partner didn't read it carefully.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

The hardest part is when the critters don't agree and they all have valid points for the change (or not to change it). You're left wondering who to listen to. :P

Chocolate and going for a run does help, though.

Paula Sangare said...

I agree 100% love having a crit. partner.

Just hoping by via GUtgaa, hoping you're enjoying this blog fest as much as I am. Stop by my blog is you get a chance. Nice meeting you!

Paula
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