I survived my writing group again last week.
Once again, I was expecting a bit of a mauling over the piece that I submitted. The title had been very uninspiring, and I had struggled to come up with anything vaguely interesting after 2 weeks.
When I did eventually come up with something, the story was soooooo weak, I doubt that it could have fought its way out of a wet paper bag! I concentrated on giving the character as much depth as possible, and the internal conflict he experienced when he knew that his actions were wrong.
There are 3 people in the group that we all seek a positive responses from. They are very clever people, and know their stuff. They aren't nasty, and anything they say is always with the aim of helping you improve, but you still want them to say it was good.
One of them hadn't made it to the meeting, but she did mail a good critique to me. This left the 2 others. To my amazement, the first one said that they liked it, and couldn't find anything to fault. I was beaming quite a lot at this point. They went around the room, saying that the tension was good etc, it was all positive.
Then I came to the other person I was waiting to hear from. And..... she liked it too! She had a few minor comments about his motives, but that was all.
After a month of ripping my WIP to pieces, it was very heartening to be told that I can actually write something half decent :o)