I love critique partners. Mine, Bonnie Paulson, is amazing and her feedback is always encouraging and helpful. She keeps me on track with writing goals.
I have also done crits with other LDS authors (Kaylee and Melanie) who have done SO much to help improve my novels, and for those I am incredibly grateful. Beta readers are another tool I ALWAYS use before submitting a book.
HOWEVER, I also feel there are times when critiquing can be stifling to a writer's creativity.
I recently read this post called Death By Critique, and the author hit the nail on the head for me.
Read it and then hop on back here and tell me what you think.
Have you ever felt a Death By Critique on a novel? Do you feel critiques ever do more harm than good to a writer's creativity?