I've got my monthly critique meeting tonight. We are all middle-grade and young adult writers. We used to critique strictly on-line, but recently began meeting in person. It is a little nerve-wracking because we take turns reading a chapter OUT LOUD and then everyone gives their input.
The very first time I read aloud I was shaking in my boots. Is my writing good enough? Do I totally suck? etc. But I think it depends on the comfort and support level of the group. So far so good!
Also, reading out loud sounds different than reading silently. When you read your own work silently, you tend to skim over certain words, including glaring mistakes. But when you read out loud, you invariably find where you went wrong with tenses or grammar etc. It's very eye-opening.
Writers, do you belong to a critique group? What's it like?