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    Mondays ~
    Tuesdays ~ Snarky
    Wednesdays ~ Dreamer
    Thursdays ~ Naughty
    Fridays ~ Dreary
    Saturdays ~
    Sundays ~

    Whenever ~ Smokey, Mighty, Eerie and Wicked

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Critique groups – Nothing quite like ’em

It’s impossible to say enough about the benefits of having a critique group while immersed in the world of words. They are fantastic when pointing out 6 pages of unnecessary dialogue or a too-long narrative, discovering plot holes, or even the simple task of asking, “Did you really forget the apostrophe in your “were” again?”.  Each person in the group has their unique critiquing gifts and they never fail to find what’s missing or what needs to be tweaked. It’s kind of like having slave masters, except you look forward to the push, the nudge, or the crack of the whip—as it were. People in general seem to reach higher when someone expects more of them. They try harder, they feel accountable to those who are gonna be asking about word counts or daily writing time. It’s also a safe space to explore different aspects your writing or expand into genres you may never have considered before. For example…I’ll never forget the first time Snarky decided to share some of her “spicy meatball” writing with us. It took a lot of courage for her to hand over some explicit scenes for our red pens to explore. And explore we did.

Critique groups give you more MPW (Miles Per Words) because they help you refine the art of writing, and push you to a higher place which forces you to learn, grow and expand in writing (and in life). A great critique group is really that good. Without the support of the Evil 7, I would probably be wandering in a desolate wasteland of wordlessness. They keep me focused and grounded in the beauty of words. They are a constant source of laughs and fun times, all while being professional wielders of the mighty red pen. And they help me to never forget–even when the struggles of real life almost have me convinced otherwise–that I love writing. I know for people like us…writing is life. If I ever stop writing, I have stopped living.

As long as I stay plugged in with this amazing group of people who allow me to be part of their world, I know I will reach the final destination.

“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.”  ~ Don Delillo, American Novelist

Sunny G

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