01 August 2011


Some of my writing friends and I went to an author panel on Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, which is my new favorite bookstore, by the way. On the panel were YA authors Linda GerberJulia KarrJulie KagawaKay CassidyKristina McBride, Sara Bennett Wealer, and Saundra Mitchell.

It was so much fun! The authors were all great, and I loved getting to meet them. I got signed copies of THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa and THE VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell, and I'm excited to read them. I only wish Ingrid, the fourth piece of the We Heart YA pie, had been there.

My critique group is pretty fantastic. I'm little biased, of course, but I really feel like we have something special. We're all completely different, and I think that's why we mesh so well. Every single week, I'm thankful that I found them.

If you want to be a writer, I think the most important thing, besides the actual writing, is having a good critique group.

I somehow stumbled into mine by accident. We Heart YA just sort of happened, without any of us really planning it. So I'm curious to know how other people find their critique groups.

If you're a writer, are you a part of some kind of writer's group? If so, how did you find them? I'd love to hear the story.

And check out the blogs of my critique partners Kristan and Sarah.

Steph

5 comments:

Kristan said...

I'm biased too, but I think we rock! And hee, those pics of us all together with the heart-hands are so cute. :)

Sarah Wedgbrow said...

In the words of Julie Kagawa, "we ARE awesome!" :) WeHeartYA did come about by accident, really, and maybe that's why it works. Also, the mesh thing you mentioned. Also because Kristan stays up to date on everything and I'd be lost without her. Also because Ingrid Palmer asked me to be her crit buddy (the cool girl hanging with the nerd). Also because you wrote a kick-arse first chapter of your book that inspired me to balance the group with four...yada, yada.

Maeve Frazier said...

Critique groups are great! Your group seems pretty cool.

Ingrid said...

Of course I agree-- we have the coolest crit group I could ever imagine! While it's true that you have to be proactive in both life and work, I also believe things happen for a reason. For us, the timing was right and it was pure magic!

Ingrid said...

Of course I agree that our crit group is the coolest I could ever imagine! While it's true that you have to be proactive in life and work, I also believe things happen for a reason. For us, the timing was right and it was pure magic!

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