Throughout the Bible, we're shown that God is big on
covenant. It's far more serious than a contract because of the vows taken. We
can learn a lot about relationships from these covenants and apply them to our
People often select a mate based on unimportant or
unrealistic criteria. How beautiful or good looking is the other person? Do
they have a lot of money? They'll look for someone, who is a mirror image of
themselves. After all, they have to be almost the same in order for it to work,
When people entered into a covenant in scripture, they
looked for someone who had the skills and abilities they lacked. In return,
they provided the knowledge and talent that person needed. So, a farmer family
might enter into covenant with a warrior family. They would provide food, while
the other family would protect them.
Selecting critique partners can be done with or without
thoughtful consideration. I have three people that I trust with my story babies
1. They are
experienced, serious writers.
2. They not only care
about my story, but also about me as a person. Like a good parent, they want
the best for me and my work. Even when they are firm and point out areas that
need work, it's done with kindness.
3. Each one has
expertise in an area where I'm unfamiliar or not as advanced. One has an
extensive background in the publishing industry, as well as being super techy.
Another has a speaking ministry, a way of putting things into perspective, and
a sharp eye for details I've missed. My third critique partner is a cheerleader
from the word, "go." They're all published authors and understand the
challenges that involves.
I've made some mistakes in the past, entrusting my work to
those who ripped both me and my work apart. Others have come into my life for a
specific reason and period of time. My critique partners are solid. I can count
on them, and they can count on me.
Writers: How do you
look for in a critique partner?
Readers: How do you
choose someone, who will help you and hold you accountable?
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