Monday, August 5, 2013

Golden rules of critiquing

I do a lot of critiquing during the busy work season. It's how I stay connected to writing. It keeps me sharp and makes me happy. I've been formulating a list of "rules" for being a good critiquer. Here's what I have so far:

Explain what you mean in a critique. 
Give suggestions. 
Say what you like as well as what you think could be improved. 
You don't have to like the genre or even the story to help make it better.

What can you add to this list?


  1. I'd add 'ask questions if there's anything you don't understand or find confusing.' I've found this very helpful when my CPs query something. As authors, we're so close to our work that sometimes we don't realise we need to make things clearer to the reader.

  2. I also always like to add the disclaimer that these are just my opinions, they know their work best, take what resonates and ignore the rest...

  3. I'd add "don't change the 'voice' of the author" to the list.

  4. I'd add...make sure your comments are constructive...and be 'gentle' but honest in a critique.