It's May Day! Or should I say "M'aidez"?
I had to explain to my kids that a pilot going down for a crash landing isn't talking about the first of May, but screaming "Help Me!" in French, which is all too appropriate as I struggle with the demons in my WIP with the help of willing crit partners who are armed, ready, and able to hold me up, dust me off & throw me back to the wolves on the page. Thank goodness for them!
Curse you, Red Baron! Thank goodness for Charles Schultz!
If you are fortunate enough to have critique partners, I hereby declare it to be Critique Partners Appreciation Day -- send a little something, even just an e-card will do, to tell them how much you appreciate all that they do for you because, frankly, without them we'd be lost in the mire of our own blackest imaginings, doomed to mutter to the voices in our heads in lonely corners wearing stylish white coats whose sleeves buckle up snug in the back. I seriously could never have survived my first years of attempting to become a writer without them and, now that I have things like "deadlines" and "contracts", I need their savvy little synapses more than ever.
Thank you, Crit Partners!!!
P.S. If you do not yet have a critique partner, get them. If you ask "Where can I get some?" I would join an organization like SCBWI, RWA, SFWA, Verla Kay Blueboards or any other relevant place where people like you can find other people like you and start working together to pull each other higher. Seriously, it's the very best thing you can do for yourself and your writing!