Apr 18, 2008

10 Rules of Critiquing

Rules of Critiquing:

1) Critique the writing, never the writer. Never say, "You are..." or "You should..." Instead say, "The writing is..." or "The story should..."
2) Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
3) Don't say, "This is how I would write it;" how you would write it isn't the point.
4) Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
5) Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings.

Rules of Being Critiqued:

1) Listen. The person who is speaking has taken the time to listen to your work, and wants to help you find ways to make it better.
2) Take notes.
3) Explain only if necessary. Don't rebut just for the sake of arguing.
4) Realize that everything can be improved.
5) Be willing to make changes. Conversely, don't change anything you feel must remain in order to make the story yours.


Karen Hoover said...

Very good points. Thanks for the reminder. It's nice to have it in a list form like this. Hope you don't mind if I copy and use your list for myself.

Love you blog, by the way.

Keith Fisher said...

Thanks for the reminder. I'll be good next time.

Don said...

You don't say if we're allowed to cry during the critique, or if we should wait until we get home. :-)

Very good points. Thanks for sharing them.

Kim Thompson said...

Thanks for the compliment Karen. Congrats on the response from DB!

Keith - I wasn't talking to you. Sorry if you felt I was. We all love you just the way you are, so don't change.

Don - I'm sure your group loves you and will let you cry on their shoulder's. If not, you can cry on mine.

But personally, I wait until I get home. It affects my writing the whole week. I've got to stop that.

Thanks for the comments.

Annette Lyon said...

#3 on getting critiques is especially important, I think. You can't really take in and analyze criticism if you're trying to justify your writing.

Great list!

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