One of the hardest things for writers to do is to hand their work over to others to be critiqued. No one wants to hear the bad stuff. It's hard, after all of the time and effort that you put in, to hear that something doesn't work or isn't right. But, truth be told, it's the bad stuff that will make you grow. Sure, it's nice to hear the compliments (and yes, those are important too), but it's the constructive criticism that will make you rework your story to be better.
Critique partners are an essential part of the writing process. They can help you see things you can't about your story, they can help give you suggestions when you get blocked, and they can help motivate you to stick to deadlines, which is ridiculously important if you hope to ever finish whatever it is you are working on. So many benefits – but it's essential to recognize that not everyone would make a good critique partner.
So how do you pick a critique partner? What qualities are most important? Well here are a few things to consider:
Now two VERY important things to remember once you find a partner (or partners) to work with: