Main points of critiques? Perspective. Maintaining tension. Making clear what the main character was thinking. And, of course, Steph suggesting something that would involve a major, novel-wide rewrite. (Steph does that often. We think it's because we haven't had time for one of her writing exercises for at least 6 months.)
Oh, and we discussed how much we actually pay attention to each other.
I'll occasionally read on a blog how someone's manuscript was ruined because they tried to incorporate an entire critique group's feedback. So never, ever listen to a critique group. They are evil.
It makes me want to borrow Miss Snark's clue gun and gently but firmly make the following points:
1. If your critique group is giving you bad advice, find a new critique group,
2. Have the sense God gave a goat. Take said critique group's advice with a grain of salt. Keeping something that doesn't work in your manuscript says more about your judgement than it does about your critique group.
(I have no idea how sensible goats are, but the alliteration sounds nice. Care to weigh in on the subject, Alison?)
But I digress. (Don't I always?)
It turns out that all of us Slushies incorporate criticism.* Sometimes we keep the edits. Sometimes we don't. I haven't always followed a Slushie's suggestion. However, I've learned that whether the suggestion works or not, there's always a reason it was given. I just need to figure out how best to address it.
So here's to critique groups! May you be lucky enough to find a good one.
*This is where copying a portion of the manuscript to another document comes in. It's so much easier to edit something if it's not in the "official" manuscript.