All of that's pretty awesome, but I happen to think that my critique partners go above and beyond that basic definition. They're the kick-butt kind of amazing that keep me going even when I'm pretty sure I'd have given up already if I didn't have them.
So, when someone asks me what a critique partner is, lots and lots of things go through my mind. Below you will find just a few of those things.
To me, a critique partner is:
- Someone who will read the same scenes from your manuscript so many times that neither of you are sure of the count;
- Someone who will be completely and totally honest with their feedback, even if it sucks to hear it;
- Someone who will listen to you whine about your writing and/or lack of writing;
- Someone who knows the right moment to tell you to shut up when you're complaining too much;
- Someone who can't stop thinking about your characters and calls/texts/emails you in the middle of the night with ideas and solutions for them;
- Someone who never complains about your constant complaining and lack of confidence;
- Someone that makes you write when you just don't want to;
- Someone that will never let you give up, no matter how much you feel like it;
- Someone, that after you've connected, you just can't imagine ever writing a book without.