Press Pause

Lovely Dina is on the left.
Lovely Dina is on the left.

Sometimes, I get so excited when I’m writing that I just want to share it with the world asap. And then I’ll send it to my critique partner, and original wombmate, Dina. (Don’t know of many kidlit writers lucky enough to have been born with their critique partners who are also writing kidlit. It’s a pretty magical thing…) 🙂

I’ll expect her to be just as excited as I am… and then she’ll say she likes it, but isn’t quite sure about something.

So even though I might grumble to myself a bit, I’ll put it aside for a short time (oftentimes a day is enough… just to let it sit a bit). When I take that moment to pause, I find with fresh eyes there’s always something new to add, take away, or invent.

And that’s what any good critique partner/agent/editor sometimes must do–press pause to give a writer the room to find “it”… whatever that may be.

It’s been said many times by others in the industry: You don’t necessarily want someone as a cheerleader for a critique partner–you want someone who will push you to create your best work.

So grateful and lucky to have Dina in my corner!

–Sue

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