I'm delving into the personal today. I love summer for many reason, but one of the best writing reasons is the summer Speculative Fiction Group Critiquing Marathon over on Agent Query Connect. One of the best decisions of my writing life was to wiggle my way into this group when I was a little lost newbie.
I've found myself lifelong friends, CPs, and a strong support system there. It's my home away from home. We chat, we joke, we seek solace.
The Summer Critiquing Marathon is a twelve week party. Each Monday you post a chapter or twenty pages. Then Tuesday through Saturday, you read and critique for a huge variety of manuscripts. Anything that falls under the mantle of speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, horror, paranormal, in all age categories.
The best part is getting such a wide range of feedback. People's skills lie in such diverse areas that you get help with characters, help with grammar, opinions on reading enjoyment. It's a great way to clean up your manuscript for agents or for that special agent who will send it to editors.
This will be my third year, or maybe my fourth. I've got a brand new WIP, and I'm hoping the fun and comradeship is the best yet.