Stop for a minute and thank God for the wonderful people He has put in your life. I know many of you are good friends with your fellow writers and have joined together in critique groups. Here's my word of caution in this: If you consider your crit buddies your friends, make sure they are true friends--ones you can be completely honest with and who will be completely honest with you.
Occasionally, I review a manuscript that needs major revision, even though the author has told me her critique partners have read and loved her story. And I'm left wondering what help these buddies are if they're not pointing out huge problems in the plot, characters, etc!
Do your crit buddies tell you the truth about your manuscripts? If they only ever give glowing reports and never any areas to improve upon, you may need some new buddies. Sure, they're good for your ego but not for your growth as a writer. Find true friends to critique your work--friends who will tell you if your hero has no personality or they couldn't keep from yawning through chapter four; friends who will be constructively critical and will push you to do your best work. And if you're a crit buddy to someone else, make sure you're being a true friend, too.
Here are "friends" Jake and Jodi during their last "show" together back in September. :)