A SIMPLE CRITIQUE PROCESS

ImageOkay, you are now in a critique group and what’s next? There should be a simple process of critiquing for the group. Here are a few to consider:

RULES OF CRITIQUING

(1) Never critique the author. Always critique the work. (2) Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong. (3) You do not have to like a story to give it a critique. (4) Real people write and real people have feelings.

RULES FOR BEING CRITIQUED

(1) Listen. The person speaking has take time to read your work and wants to help you find ways to make it better. (2) Wait until everyone has finished their critique before making any comments. (3) Do not rebut. Explain only if necessary. (4) Take notes. (5) Everything can be improved. (6) Be willing to make changes only if YOU think it would enhance your store. Remember you are the author.

CHECKLIST – THINGS TO LOOK FOR

Here is a list and in my next blog, I will go into detail: PLOT- CHARACTERS – ACTION – DIALOGUE – BACKGROUND – OVERALL STORY – THEME – GRAMMAR – DETAILS – SPELLING – WORD CHOICE – WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE PIECE – WHAT CAUSED PROBLEMS AND WHY – FINAL COMMENTS

You can go into as much or as little detail as you would like or listen to what the author wanted critiqued. Sometimes, the author will ask for certain points in their story critiqued. Then you know what to look for and not a general critique.

Now you begin your work for critiquing: (1) Read one story at a time, as if it was the only story you needed to critique. (2) Write down your impressions as a reader. Was the story captivating? Did you enjoy reading it? Did the story hook you at the beginning? (3) Try to give feedback on what could be changed. Identify the weaknesses and offer some constructive advise to the author that might lead to improvements in the story. (4) Give examples of improvements, if possible. (5) Praise. We all need encouragement and pats on the back to keep plodding ahead. (6) Identify the strengths in the story. (7) Focus on the story, not the author. (8) Critique as you want to be critiqued.

This should get you started and points to ponder.

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