Dallas writers: Do you know of any crit groups I could join?
I've been an anti-social writer for might near 20 years, and but for the past few-teen months I've neither sought nor cared about publication.
But now I've got the itch. I found a local publisher and he took up two of my shorts and now I want a novel with my name on it, by goddengolly.
I've never been in a crit group. I'm an engineer by nature (chemical) with a mathematical brain prone to obsessions with algorithms, programming, woodworking, beer, my woman, and above all else: writing.
Anyway, I don't know if I'll fit in with an artsy or subdued crit group. I always assumed the answer would be negatory. I'm the guy who shows up at Bible study with a "Don't Tuck With Fexas" tee shirt. I'm the guy whose last three bosses all said to him: "You're too crass. Tone it down."
To which I respond: "Did I get the job done. Yes? Case closed."
I can be over-bearing, and I didn't want to subject my crit partners to that bullish nature.
I also never wanted to subject my writing to crits, satisfying my analytical nature by sifting my words over and over through the gray matter.
Now that I'm blogging and surrounded by writers, though, I'm starting to see value not only in offering up my wrists for the slitting, but in sucking the blood from other wrists as well.
Any leads? I'm in North Dallas, already called around locally but haven't found much.
Any thoughts on crit groups? Positive? Negative?