But, while critique groups have a lot to offer writers, they are only as good as the members of the group. Along the same lines, with many critique groups, there is absolutely no difference between you editing your own work, or having someone else look at it. In simple terms, you are all looking at it through the same perspective and point of view.
Don't get me wrong. Those critique partners are doing everything they can to help out, but more often than not, they are not seeing anything different. For this reason, it is always important to take that writing out of your comfort zone and find people who are not familiar with both your work, as well as your genre.
Think of it this way:
- The person who does technical writing will give you the organization perspective.
- The person writing romance will give you the relationship side of things.
- In romance, a guy can tell you if your hero would think that way.
- In romance, a woman can tell you if the heroine would think that way.
- The poet can provide the wordsmithing.
Look outside of your group and see what people think of your current WIP! You might be able to find that twist you have bee looking for.