First of all there's the approach. You coast around the blogs and you see some people that seem pretty cool to you (or join a local group)....do you send that stalker-esque email you've been thinking about, or corner them when the group session is over? Do you go serious or light-hearted? What do you even say? And then there's the dreaded: What do I say if it doesn't work out? If you all are anything like me, these questions have run through your mind often. And then when you get into a critique group there even more questions, the biggest of which is: Am I being sensitive, or are they being a jerk?
Finding a GOOD critique group can. drive. you. INSANE!
Luckily, the Ink Slingers have been amazing for me and we've found a great rhythm that works for everyone in the group. (Click the badge on the sidebar if you want to visit our group blog)
When I was looking for a good group I ran through all the blogs and read what other writers said. I did this a couple months ago for a friend and I thought I'd share what I re-discovered in the hope that if any of you are out there looking for a critique group, you'll find what you need. Let's start with some links.