1. One is my biggest cheerleader. She restores my confidence by telling me my writing/pacing/characterization blow her away. She says she loves my story, encouraging me every step of the way, and I bask in the glow of her words. But I want to tell her that she is not so unlike me. Her writing rocks too, and I know her big news is right around the corner. 2. Another knocks me off my pedestal (in a good way). She forces me to be even better by pointing out all of the ways I've fallen short in my writing. She catches any lazy habit of using passive verbs, adverbs, or showing not telling! And I realize that really, she should have been the one to get "the call" first. My writing feels small next to hers. 3. The third one falls somewhere between the first two to balance everything out. She keeps me level and sane. I live vicariously through her as she paves her publishing road first. She flashes a spotlight and shows me the way. Because of her, I feel like my dream can come true too! As I write this, I realize that I represent one of these categories to the writers I critique too. And all three are valuable and necessary to the writing process!
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