Feedback, feedback, oh what a wonderful thing!
I’m not talking about receiving, but giving,
In this last week because I’ve been reading and giving feedback to three members of my critique group (we have just resumed after the summer break).
I love commenting on the work of others, I find it so calming after editing my own stuff. There is no attachment to it, no prior knowledge, everything I wish to be able to bring to my own writing when editing. Except that I have no idea what the author intended and I can only hope my interpretation is what they were striving for.
Critiquing the work of others has really helped me develop my own. It has enabled me to see the common problems so many writers have. I have learnt about pacing, motivation, character development, plot, and on and on. The biggest thing it has brought me is clarity. I can see so many of my own flaws in my work since I began steadily critiquing, and more I can see the path to correction. Before what would have seemed daunting can now be broken down and analyzed and adjusted.
Are you part of a writing group? if not, why? If so, how do you find your own work has developed from it?
I’m off to see what’s been happening here in blog land this last week!
I can see clearly now the rain has gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way,
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day..