As I sit here tonight, mulling over the first chapter of the memoir piece I am working on, I wonder how exactly I have managed to rework it eight or so times, only to decide to go back to the original piece. I realized that somewhere in all the revisions I lost my voice.
I forgot a few very vital things about receiving critiques.
Frustrated for all the time lost, I set it aside for a moment, and checked out Twitter. I followed a link on somebody’s tweet, and I wind up face to face with Sylvia Dickey Smith’s blog. Her latest post, Guidelines for a Writer’s Critique Group outlines all the things I should have kept in mind all along.
So now I pass it on to you, hoping that you read it well before your eighth revision.