Monday, September 19, 2011

Discovered: A Hidden Superpower of Critique Partners

I knew my critique partners had the power to call me out on stupid mistakes and character disasters in my writing.
I knew they could be the greatest writing cheerleaders on the planet.
I even knew they could make me into a better writer.

But one of the greatest things they can do? Truly a superpower?
I didn't even know about until last week.

CC Charles Van den Broek

They can obliterate writer's block.

Well, not exactly. But just the words, "Get to writing, because I've got to read your next book." gave me just the push I needed to stop whining about "Writer's Block" and freaking get to work.

So, please excuse the short post - I've got the last 15K of ONE to write.

(Thanks, ladies. <3 you.)


  1. You've got to love awesome CPs for that. Mine has inspired me to write more times I than I can remember.

    Good luck on the final 15 K, Leighann. :D

  2. awesome! It's amazing what an encouraging word can do. Blogging helps me break writers block on a regular basis too.

  3. I'm writing the end of LYM today. You must have karate-chopped my writer's block, too.

    And I had to laugh at your comment on my blog, because now you see what I mean about the sex scene just not fitting! Sometimes, it isn't meant to be :)

  4. So true. They can bring out the best in your writing.

  5. Go, go, go, go, go!

    Go! (I didn't think one more would hurt too much.)

  6. That's so true! It's so nice when you find a good one!
    By the way I passed the Versatile Blogger Award on to you! The info can be found at

  7. Fellow writers, or just friends who are willing to let you talk to them about your writing, can also obliterate writer's block in another way. If you talk about the story that you're blocked on, often you can just talk yourself through the block. I've heard that has to do with moving the problem from one side of your brain into another.

    Thanks for sharing this tribute to the greatness of critique partners! I'm a fellow Campaigner.