We had a great critique group meeting last night. I really benefitted from some excellent feedback. One thing I had overlooked when describing one of my characters was that if he had a physical deformity in his mouth, he would talk differently, or at least have some other symptoms from his deformity. Great catch. See, I thought I had this all nailed down, but that one got right by me. So back to the drawing board to add to this part of the dialogue.
I really appreciate this feedback and I hope that people appreciate the feedback I have to offer. Sometimes I feel that I am a little harsh, and I am at a phase in my own evolution where I tend to notice what's wrong, more than what's right. I have been reading so much, so many books, so many blogs, and really trying to apply that to my own writing. When I go to critique group, I want to share that knowledge as much as possible. I wish I could say that I love everything I see, but I just don't work that way. It's a waste of my time and a waste of everyone else's. And there's just no time to waste.