Always Amazed

posted Sep 11, 2015, 8:15 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Oct 18, 2015, 11:14 AM ]
The benefits of having a supportive critique group to read your stories never ceases to amaze me. My group is currently reading and commenting on my latest story, Shattered. In this week's meeting, the feedback on the latest two chapters submitted for review was encouraging. Even more important, however, was the suggestions, catches, corrections, questions and comments. Several people caught the same errors or had the same questions, but even more interesting was that each of them caught mistakes that no one else caught.

Of course, the benefit of being the author is that I have the final say on what needs to be changed. My rule of thumb is: If more than 50% believe something should be changed, I change it. I might not use their suggestions, but I will incorporate their ideas into the change. If only one or two believe something should be changed, I consider it, but I don't always make the change.