Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I don't play well with others

I know lots of people have Critique Partners. Writing groups. People they check-in with on a daily/weekly basis.
I don't have that.
Do I envy it? Yep. Sure do. But part of me is also relieved. I'm scared to get somebody or a group of somebodies who don't GET me. Not my writing. Not my warped sense of humor. None of that.
I don't collaborate with anyone for the same reason. I don't know if I'm able to mesh with someone in order to finish a book. Somehow, I doubt it.
I don't have beta readers who read my works before I submit them. I don't have people in my family that give a rat's ass about what I write. And they sure don't stand in line for a chance to read it.
I understand about my Mom and the erotica thing. *laughing* I'm cutting the woman some slack. Those two just don't go together. Nevah.
And people are busy. Why would I impose my literary works on someone who doesn't want to read them? I wouldn't. I don't.
Don't get me wrong. I don't feel sorry for myself. Hell. *grinning* Who has the time?
It's just a fact.
And speaking of time...I don't have much of that, either. And I don't want to get into a writer's relationship where I can't give as good as I get. Because right now, I can't. I do good to deal with myself and the fourteen million stories running through my head.
I don't play well with others. But I'm glad for those of you who do.

Update: Up to 4000 words on the Christmas Candy Anthology story. I should write at least another couple thousand today. Finish tomorrow. Edit Friday. I think I'm going to have a title change before it's all said and done.


Bryan said...

This is something I've been thinking about, but I haven't decided whether to actively seek a critique partner. I know I couldn't do a group. The problem I've had with groups is that they tend to be high on praise and low on critique. I want to know how to improve my writing and story, not here that it's great.

In return, I'd be brutally honest too, so whoever my partner is, they would have to understand that I'm not saying their writing is crap, I'm just saying that these specific points need work.

For that reason I will probably never have a CP.

Bryan said...

not hear that it's great.

Need a critique partner to check my comments before I post. Jeez.

Gina said...

I don't seem to play well with others either, but I never have. Even bsck in school, I hated working in groups or with a partner. I'd get it done faster by myself. I've had critique partners, but the relationship never seems to last long.

Silma said...

It's hard to find critique partners that actually gets you. I've tried several times, and like Gina, the relationship never lasts long. It's in part to the lack of enthusiasm. But mostly it's the amount of time and effort you have to invest in it. Sometimes you don't have it, and it all falls apart.

Hey, so far you've done well without a CP, so?

As for collaborations, like writing the same story with another writer, er... I've not tried it but I don't think I could do it either.

Rene said...

I don't use cp's myself. I will critique for others, but I don't feel the need. When I book is near completion, I will have my friend read it for continuity and just how she feels about it. I do have one friend I will dash a page here and there to for a quick critique or help with a problem. Other than that, I'm a loner, a maverick,content to wander the desert on a horse with no name. Oh wait, I think I'm going to far.