While some writers like critique groups, others dismiss them entirely, considering them to do more harm than good. Many in the second camp argue that writing groups, with all those varied opinions, foster a perpetual state of rewriting. Some writers internalize group criticism so much they begin to rewrite their work to satisfy the groupthink rather than themselves.
I understand that writers groups aren’t for everyone. Some people work better independently and are adept at critiquing their own writing. Others prefer to work in partnership with only one trusted fellow writer when it comes time for a second set of eyes to pass over their manuscripts. This was my preferred method of critique until five years ago, when my friend, Yvonne, and I started our own writing group.