I’m a member of Critters, an online writing group. I’ve blogged before about some of my issues with the group. And lately, my issues have started to bubble up again.
At issue is the fact that Critters is aimed more at short stories rather than novels. And, as a writer, I’m far more interested in writing novels than short stories. In fact, I have no interest in writing short fiction.
So, while I’m helping numerous other writers better their own work, I’m not sure if my own work is benefiting. Yes, I’ve been a dedicated reader for several novels, but I’m still forced to critique short fiction so that I can remain in good standing.
Don’t get me wrong. Critters is a great resource. But I’ve grown bored with it. I want something new.
But, perhaps, now is not the time to change. Maybe I should stick it out. Or, perhaps, start looking for critique groups that are novel oriented with similar values that I share.
That could work.
Now, if only I could find the time to think without my rambunctious nieces running wild.
I’m thinking about leaving Critters, the online critique group for science fiction and fantasy. I’ve been a member for almost two years now. And I’m finding myself increasingly disillusioned with it. The stories just don’t interest me anymore. And the one time I posted a short story was a pain in the ass, to be honest.
I enjoyed being a member of it when I first started. And I do enjoy looking over stories and novels for people. But it has just become a chore. And a boring one at that.
I’m also changing my direction in a lot of ways. I’m increasingly more interested in writing comics among other things.
I don’t know what I’m going to do if I leave critters. I could find another online group or maybe find a smaller group. But all of that is in the future.