Finding Honest Critiques
This year I have joined a number of groups where I can get solid, honest feedback from other writers. My picture books are by no means perfect and we cannot grow and learn without someone there to teach us. Even though we all have different writing abilities we can all help each other.
Is this the blind leading the blind? Yes, and it works. When you look at your own work, you already know the tone you want to convey. The feeling, the emotion, the point to the whole thing. But the thing is, if others don't get it, you need to rewrite.
There are phases you go through in the
1. Denial- No, you just don't get what I am trying to say.
Just remember that no one is trying to bully or bash your work. If they are then you need to find a new critique group or partner. We writers want other writers to succeed. Does that mean we don't get jealous? Hell no! I totally say, "Why wasn't it me to get an agent?" Then I remember-because this work must not be ready yet/right for them.
If you are willing to put in the work, write, study, write, rewrite, cut words, and keep writing, then you can make it. Just don't give up! If you dream of being published then keep that dream alive.