For the past two sessions of my critique group, I’ve cheated by bringing non-genre stuff. I’ve gotten no complaints so far, but I’m starting to feel like I’m violating the group’s social contract. I’m probably commiting a more grievous offense by bringing in a piece I’ve workshopped elsewhere. Still, it paid off today.
I edited a 155-word flash piece that got very favorable reviews in one workshop and one near-unanimous criticism that I tried to correct. I did, and then I brought it to today’s group. Judging from the reactions, I think I fixed it!
Now I just have to wait for some of the cooler flash markets to reject the pieces I’ve already sent them to make room for this one. I probably won’t have to wait too long.