We had one of our gatherings this evening and I think it went well. Lots of good discussion and much to learn from the manuscript we were critiquing.
"Critique" isn't the right word -- much too fancy, for one thing. You go through and look for narrative inconsistency, plot holes, shifting characterization, formatting issues, and so on.
Some things are stylistic choices, but more are mistakes, overlooked loose ends and so on. The idea is to learn how to look at writing analytically -- how to edit. "Editors" at publishing houses, professional websites and magazines aren't going to dig through the basics for you; they don't have time. You have to turn in finished work. And that's what we are trying to teach one another to produce.
These meetings had been difficult for me because I was so tired, just fatigued all the time. The new medication appears to be working; I was never even close to nodding off.
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