This morning’s chapter in Chapter After Chapter was about writer’s groups and critique partners. I’ve been beyond fortunate in finding Pot, whom I stumbled across in an LJ writing group a year and a half ago. I feel like I’ve grown a great deal as a writer because of all the time and patience she’s shown toward me and my work. Having a good crit parter is worth more than his or her weight in gold. I did a little bit of googling this morning to see what was out there in terms of people who are seriously looking for crit partners. I didn’t find much. There seem to be occasional threads devoted to the issue on a few genre specific forums, but there are no centralized places for people of all genres to go to see about finding a crit partner (whether they’ve had one before or want someone new).
So I got to thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if there were something like eHarmony or Match.com for writers? A website devoted to hooking up new crit partners? Naturally, since I have so much free time on my hands (snort) I decided to start one over on Ning: Crit Partner Match. I know, stellar creative title isn’t it? But I wanted it to be simple, something that will eventually show up on basic google searches for people looking for just such a service. The network is set up in such a way that each new member will fill out a number of writing profile questions based on genre, the type of writing they do, etc.. They can then make a post in the forum or forums of their choice (separated out by genre) to introduce themselves and let others know that they are looking for a CP. Of course, it will take time to populate it, and I will be getting in touch with the forum moderators of the various groups I’m in to get permission to post about it. In the meantime, tell your friends to tell their friends. Eventually, I hope this will be a hopping, happening, useful sort of resource for writers.