As you can probably tell, I’m not a huge fan of critiquing groups. This is only my own personal experience with them, though. When used properly, they’re an irreplaceable part of a writer’s journey to better writing. But when they’re used incorrectly, they can destroy writers from the inside, out.
Out of nothing more than 26 letters, writers can create entire universes with characters and stories that will bring readers to tears. Yet despite this truly awe-inspiring talent, there are many well-intentioned people out there (many of whom may be readers themselves) who don’t appreciate this effort. Here are 3 things to say to a writer you believe in.