Thursday, March 23, 2006

Finding a Partner

As it turns out, finding a writing partner is every bit as important as finding a marriage partner. Only more important.

The vital importance of finding and retaining the right critique partner cannot be overstated. Therefore, as a public service, I have jotted down a few simple rules of critique partner harmony.

1. A work schedule must be strictly adhered to. As an example, my critique partner, Jade Lee, and I meet every day, except for weekends, holidays, days when children are sick, and days when Jade needs to watch the Rome episode she taped the night before. We write at a nearby coffee shop non-stop from 9:00 a.m. to nearly 9:14 a.m. when I usually discover my coffee needs just a little more cream. Thereafter, we slave away with absolutely no break until Jade rises to purchase her second chocolate croissant at shortly before 9:45 a.m. Naturally, by 10:30 a.m. we are ready for a well-deserved rest. Jade usually takes this time to discover if she has gotten to the next level of Tumble Bugs whilst I delve into the comics section of the local newspaper for inspiration.

Thanks, Elizabeth Hoyt, for the tips!

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