This writing journey often involves others. I have to admit one of my favorite parts is reading the work of another and sharing in that joy of discovery! Not only of the creative way their mind works, but also of how I interpret that!
Writing to me is a process, a journey, and an important part of that is the sharing with other writers! That fellow communion of exchanging our writing is what makes us grow, see new ideas and create new ideals.
Without that exchange we would remain stagnant. Never changing. Never growing. What then would the purpose be?
There is so much to be learned in the work of another. In the sharing of ideas. In seeing how another works. More than just in how they write, but in how they review what you have written! I think we get just as much out of how they see our works, how we see their works, and how we evaluate it. The doing of all of this makes us, or should make us, look at our own work differently. Through the lens of their mind.
And that too me is really what the journey is about. Looking at the world through a different lens. Sharing and growing on this wild ride we call life.
I should take a moment to say… critiquing to me is not about the grammar, the structure or even the idea… it is an expansion of the mind! It is the realization of what works and how something works. It is deeper than the surface, and if surface is all you are getting, then you have not yet dug deep enough.
What about you? What does the community of writing mean for you? How do you see the sharing of work with a peer? With a friend or family member that you have braved the sharing of your precious baby that means so much to you?
3 thoughts on “Critiquing the Journey”
Great post! I can appreciate your journey as I am on one of those myself. I believe the writing community is a great one to be part of. I’ve only recently joined, but I love the support and encouragment I receive daily on my blog from other writers. It keeps me motivated and wanting to make sure I do my best.
There is really something to be said about the encouragement and support of our peers! I recently created a community for exactly this reason… having a group of friends who support each other and write with common goals is just a wonderful thing!
I couldn’t agree more, so I am not going to try. Thanks for being part of the community of writers.