"Genre" sparked my interest.
Writers often group together in their genre. Perhaps fearful of what they don't know, and thinking that those other genre's can't possibly know their rules. How could another genre be any help?
There is power in diversity. Diversity, one of the most interesting courses I took during my MBA, is nothing more than bringing together groups of people from different backgrounds, ethnicity, and experiences.
When you bring a group five people together of like genres, like minds, like personalities, like beliefs, etc., you have five brains thinking the exact same thing. But when you bring a group of five people together with different backgrounds, experiences, personalities, and genres, you have increased the power of one brain five times!
Diversity increases creativity, inspiration, possibility, productivity, and success.
My current critique group... you know them well... Heather and Linda, and I, write different genres. Young adult, Mystery and Historical fiction, and Aviation Thriller and General Fiction.
We recently had the opportunity to workshop our novels together. Powerful? Yes.
Linda and Heather looked at my work through a different lens, and saw things that I couldn't. I was too close. Granted there are different techniques and rules used to create pace, momentum, etc., with different genres. But that doesn't impact the structure, story, character development, inciting incidents, and so on.
Benefits of a diverse critique group:
- Viewpoints from outside our genre box.
- Lack of competition between authors.
- We can borrow lines from each other.
- Reading different genres enhances creativity and inspiration.
Why do you need a critique group? Click Here to read what Heather has to say about the Purpose of a Critique Group.
How diverse if your group? Please tell us the strengths and weakness of your group, we'd love to hear.
Enjoy the journey, and make today incredible.