Yesterday was the final day to get critiques for my latest story to go through Critters: The Weatherman. I mused about the correlation between length and number of critiques last time, although my theory that number of critiques goes up with a shorter length didn't quite pan out. I received 18 critiques this time, for my 2,300 word story. (Which was a much more manageable number for me--I actually read them all already and got thank-you's to everybody. I gave up on thank-you's halfway through, last time.)
I'm sure there are lots of variables in how many critiques a story gets, but I see quality as being a big factor. I largely got favorable reviews for Bleeders: people said "I liked it, you just need to work on A, B, and C." The Weatherman had much larger issues, so perhaps people lost interest before getting to the end.
I do know where it needs work though. I confess that I had the desire to grab someone by the shirt and yell "Okay! I get it already!" to the tenth person to offer me the same piece of criticism. Of course, this isn't an in-person workshop: they're not all in the same room repeating one another in an attempt to have something to say. (I probably should have walked away from the computer at that point. But I was almost done with the critiques!)
Anyway, with the information I got, I can rewrite it soon--or at least, when I have time. I paused my novel to rewrite Bleeders and I've been away from it for too long. The Weatherman rewrite will probably wait until that's done.
This is the first time since I joined Critters that I haven't had a story in the queue. My backlog is gone--everything else is either already in slush pile circulation or is so raw that I don't need other people to tell me what's wrong with it. I'd thought about doing a quick second draft of a newer story so I could get it in line, but decided (again) that I'd rather not distract myself from the novel. Novels are just so different from stories, and the word count is daunting, that I don't need any extra encouragement to stall.
So I won't have anything to send to Critters for another month or three. I hope they don't forget about me!