If you can't see, having glasses makes everything clearer. Getting a good pair of glasses will do job, but choosing the BEST pair of glasses will get the greatest results.
First of all you have to choose the right kind of glasses. Are you going to go for plastic, metal, nosepads, transition, basic, you get the idea?
In a critique group you need to pick the right kind of people that will do the best job. Your mom and dad might have a good opinion as well as your siblings and friends, but finding a group that can give you the best advice will be priceless.
So, you choose the kind of glasses you want. Now you need to pick the right style. What color do you want? Are you going to go for thin, wide, bright, classy? Well, what look are you going for?
Find someone that reads what you write. It will be absolutely helpful in the long run. They read what you write so they know what works.
Need some more reasons to have a critique group? Have you ever tried to see out of one eye? Some of you might, and I can only imagine that seeing out of one eye takes some getting used to. Most likely you have to work a little harder to see everything.
If you're walking around with a pair of glasses with only one good lens, you'll also have to work harder to see the whole picture. The little details will be harder to see. I suggest that you get a critique group and save yourself the trouble. Let them help you see what you can't see yourself. They are the other lens to your glasses.
Last of all, use your glasses. All. The. Time. What do I mean by this? My favorite thing about being a part of a critique group is that each time I critique someone else's work, my skills get better. My side of the glasses gets a little more in focus. I love when I can pick out something, recognize what is missing, and share that with the writer.
And then I get to turn around to my WIP that has been sitting on the shelf and use the glasses to make mine even better! It's a win-win.
In honor of my critique group week, 250 followers, 100 blog posts, and just because I want to make my side of my glasses better...there will be a critique giveaway with my next post on Wednesday :)