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5 Things I’ve Learned From My Critique Group

One of my critique partners (I have four WONDERFUL ones!) just posted this, and I thought I would share it. Teresa told me she would love to know what I would add to it, too. So, here are my additional “learnings” to her five. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. When you emotionally and mentally lose it, your critique partners are there to help you back up. A month or so ago, I got a crit back on a new manuscript I started working on that I thought was great. When I read the critiques, I cried, questioned if I should even be writing, and was completely discouraged. Then my ladies started messaging me, commenting on my Facebook status…you name it. Their love, their encouragement, and their hand out to help me up gave me such a knowledge of love and warmth. Teresa is right: other writers want you to be a better writer. And they do it with love.

7. When you get to know these authors, you realize that they have a story…and sometimes that story is very similar to your own. I discovered this with one of my critique partners. And you know what? It was a sorrowfully beautiful connection. Sorrow because I’m heartbroken at what she went through, beautiful because she was open about it and we had that connection. And happy because of where she is today. Normally I can’t stand technology, but I’m so thankful for God using it to bring me, Holly, Teresa, Shawna, and Amy together to share in this journey.


Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry, runs her kids to all their sports, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she talks to figments of her imagination as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isnโ€™t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mikal now lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Mark, two of their three children, and one ferocious feline.

One thought on “5 Things I’ve Learned From My Critique Group

  1. Thanks so much for reposting, Mikal! And I love your additions! So true about us all having our own stories and journeys. They stay with us, take our writing down paths we never saw coming, and bring us hope in unexpected ways. Thanks for sharing.


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