Sometimes we can see more clearly from a distance.
When my daughter was in her early twenties, she handed me a photo of twelve dashing young men. She contemplated dating one of them and asked me to pick “the one”.
“Him?” I pointed.
Finally there was only one guy left.
“Never mind.” She snatched the photo and marched to her room.
In hindsight, the young man she picked turned out to be a great catch, but not for my daughter. They just weren’t right for each other. Even in a photograph, my mother’s intuition told me he wasn’t “the one”. Luckily, they never dated. And she found her true love.
This is how it is with my writers’ groups. I can become enamored with weak characters, silly gags, lame story lines, and superfluous sentences, but my writing friends aren’t so blinded by infatuation. From a distance, they can see what’s not right for me and my story.
I wouldn’t trade my critique partners for anything. They will save me from settling for the wrong manuscript.
Now if they could just help me choose broccoli over chocolate.