Since I wrote my first post on critique partners, I have gained some experience. I currently am working with three really wonderfully different writers, but we all have the same goal--to write a fantastic story. Although we are all from various backgrounds, we work well together. I have learned so much from these ladies and my story is really beginning to come together.
If you're thinking about finding a critique partner, here are just a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Not only is it important to have a good CP, but it's doubly important to be a good CP.
Just like any other partnership, there is to be a give and take between writers. If someone sends you
work to critique, you should return your comments and thoughts in a timely fashion--that is unless you have a prior understanding between yourself and your partner.
2. If you send your work to you CP, you need to be patient.
Don't send an email to your partner every day to check up on him or her. If you don't trust that your partner will respond in adequate time, you need a new one.
3. Don't just be critical. Everyone needs a little encouragement.
I am not saying that you should lie to your CP, but you should never give a negative critique without a little praise. Think about how difficult it is to risk putting yourself out there and treat your partner as you'd like to be treated.
4. Friendship is not the end goal.
Yes, you want to meet people and possibly become friends, but that's not why you are working together. Your end goal is to write the best story you can. A CP is someone who can help that to happen. The two of you may never become best friends, but he or she should be someone you can count on and respect.
5. Be yourself.
Don't become someone you aren't just because you want to be liked. Trust me, it'll show.
Any other advice I forgot to mention? Please share!