Drafting and the Critique Group

We follow Seth Godin’s blog and appreciate his posts because they usually promote or apply some principle versus just a pointless rant. We have copied and pasted below one of his posts from the past couple of days. It’s ostensibly about biking but it’s more about pacing yourself and your work. We follow his post with an observation of our own.

 Why drafting works by Seth Godin (8/24/20114)

bicyclistThe other day, a speedster on a bike passed me as I rode along the bike path. For the next ten minutes, I rode right behind him, drafting his progress.

Sure, there’s an aerodynamic reason that this works–there’s less wind resistance when you ride closely.

But the real reason is mental, not based on physics. Drafting works because, right in front of you is proof that you can go faster.

Without knowing it, you do this at work every day. We set our pace based on what competitors or co-workers are doing. One secret to making more of an impact, then, is figuring out who you intend to follow. Don’t ‘pace yourself,’ instead, find someone to unknowingly pace you.

The critique group by Bob McCarthy

We wrote earlier about the critique group we formed to help three nonfiction writers move their works forward. As with Seth Godin’s post, coming to each meeting prepared and ready to work pushes the team a little more. And when you know that the feedback is not just polite pleasantries but constructive criticism based on literary principles, you tend to prepare a little harder.

Comments welcomed!


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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