I am beavering away, putting Tiamat's Nest up on Critique Circle. I'd forgotten how hard it can be to let other people see some writing for the first time, and openly invite brutal commentary.
In the case of Tiamat's Nest, I can see there's work to be done, which is what I was expecting. Luckily, there's also a lot of positive feedback too, which suggests I haven't been completely wasting my time.
Now I'm in full-on critiquing mode for the next few months, giving as well as receiving, I am reminded that there's a distinct art to the whole process. There's already all sorts of advice out there on how to give a constructive and useful critique, so I'm looking at how to receive and make use of critiques.
Being critiqued can be...
Confusing - one person says they love this part, another says they hate it!
Frustrating - dammit, it's obvious, I explained all that back in chapter three!
Overwhelming - so much advice to deal with. Where to start?
Soul destroying - you mean I have to go back through the whole novel and change my main character from an angsty emo teen to a no-nonsense snarky goth?
Heartbreaking - doesn't anyone like anything about my baby? Why do I bother?
It needn't be
Over the next few posts, I'll share some of my own critique survival tips. I hope there's something someone out there will find useful.