Why do writers write if all they get are rejections?
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The official purpose of a critique group is to offer constructive criticism of a work in progress. It's a surprisingly difficult thing to learn. And even if you've been critiquing for years, you can easily drive the train off the rails.

Some writers are timid and need loud encouragement to keep on going. Others need to be hit over the head to force them out of the corner they've written themselves into. You need to be respectful but also honest. You cannot impose your own choices / tastes / style onto another writer. Your job as a critiquer is to help that author tell the story she wants to tell.

The unofficial purpose of a critique group is to kvetch. About the writing life, its perils and privations. About other writers whose success seems undeserved. But really all we want to talk about is rejection. Those horrible two sentence emails like the one that came in just the other day: 

Thank you for letting us read your work. We're sorry it's not right for us at this time.

Those rejection letters are hard to take. I don't think it will ever matter how many publishing credits I might someday have to my name. A rejection letter calls into question my ability to write, my very identity as a writer. This is the topic of this week's blog post: Fear of Failure

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