Project Box 02: The Amiable Critique

So I joined Gumroad‘s Small Product Lab on a lark. It sounded like a cool challenge: make and launch a product in 10 days.

Of course, I didn’t notice that most of those 10 days I would be on vacation and at GenCon and driving. So when I got the email telling me to get ready for the lab I freaked out a little.

I was able to keep up with the assignments and participation for the first couple days, and then I got caught up in traveling and family and convention stuff. I got home with three days to do most of the work on my project.

And, well. I like sprints, so I went for launch anyway. And here it is:

The Amiable Critique

It’s ten thoughts about running critiques in a writers group. I’m pretty proud of it. I have an awesome supportive writer’s group, and I want nice things for other people’s writing groups. I hope it’s useful.

I’m going to throw out the first couple pages here so you get a feel for what it’s about.

Here are some thoughts about the process and making it:

1) Tied to the idea of a product is selling it. I set the price at pay what you want, because this is something I want to share, and because I don’t think I do enough to get my stuff out there. If you can donate the price of a cup of coffee, great. But please take it, and make good writing groups!

2) Related… >.> I’m terrible at marketing. I can sprint through making a product, but sharing it… I really suck at this. I look at it, I feel like it’s a good and useful thing, but I don’t know what to say to whom and where to get it out there. That’s something to work on…

3) I really love working with writers to improve their craft. I’m thinking about how to do more of that. If you’re interested in something like a subscription based writing critique group, comment, say hi, whatever.

This was fun. I learned a bit about myself and my philosophy of writing and critiquing — so all around win.