It seemed a good idea at the time. A friend asked if we could start a writer's critique group. I'd read some of her writing and had asked when she was going to publish something. Her writing was witty and full of Mississippi folkways. My writing has been technical: scientific journals, government reports, a book on the likely environmental consequences of a certain accident scenario. Boring!! OK, I did write some short stories a long time ago, but they weren't published and were lost somewhere along the way. But I do read constantly. Surely that counts for something.
We had a couple of critique sessions where I showed up with nothing to contribute. No one seemed to notice, much less mind, but I still felt guilty. It doesn't seem fair to criticize without giving others an opportunity to have back at you. Those on the receiving end of criticism also need a metric to evaluate the criticism they're getting. Surely the value of the criticism is related to the abilities of the critic. I really need to produce some writing, but what?