Why my critique group rocks

I wrote a while ago about being bummed that an agent had rejected my book query in just under an hour. That’s like going home in the middle of a first date.

She didn’t even make me wait three months before throwing me under the bus, the train and the semi.

So I’m all bummed thinking, “I’m no good. I can’t write. I’m a failure.” I wasn’t even sure I should belong to a critique group, I felt o pitiful and inadequate.

But I trudged forward as always.

So, at last night’s meeting, my pages were well received. No, I take that back. They liked them a lot. Now that’s a pendulum swing.

At the end of the session, we have a short discussion about my sad email rejection. A fellow (published and dedicated) writer asks how many rejections I’ve received.

“Six,” I reply, “Four of which were personalized.” I’m thinking that’s a lot.

She looks at me like I’m insane, which I am, but not because of agent rejections.

“I had forty,” she said.

So, last night I found out that I’m not some delusional guy churning out gibberish and that I have many more rejections to endure before calling myself truly rejected.

Finally, I rejoice that I have fellow writers who are talented and support each other in our quest to become better at our craft.

My critique group rocks!

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About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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4 Responses to Why my critique group rocks

  1. jakeescholl says:

    There’s always someone who has more rejections. It always gives hope. 🙂

  2. estherjantzen says:

    Yeah, Group! (We really should get ourselves a name.) And I’m learning just from watching your process. Thanks for your candor and generosity.

  3. sfbell09 says:

    Insightful and encouraging. Thanks!

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