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Happy New Year. Are you ready to get back to work? I hope so, because Critiquing is work for the person doing the critique and the person receiving the critique. We have looked at a simple critique process, and now we are ready to get into the middle of the process.

As you read the story for a critique, you need to look at a few (oops) no a lot of different avenues to help your critique partner. Then you can realize what you will also receive in feedback.

Opening – do the first few sentences grab your attention? Each chapter needs to end on a “what’s gonna happen” and the next chapter must grab a reader to the end of that scene.

Conflict – mental or moral struggle caused by incompatible desires and aims. Does the main character have emotional baggage? Do the secondary characters have more conflict like greed/revenge/ fear/desire? Are there too many conflicts that never get resolved?

Plot – is the main plot clear and believable? Did the story start at the right place? Do you know the time and place soon enough?

Subplots – Did you get confused about what was happening and to whom? Did all of the conflict and tension come to some reasonable ending or were you left hanging? Did the author indicate a sequence?

Pacing – does the story move too slow? Does it race as if the writer is in a hurry?

Okay, here are a few things you can incorporate into your critique process. Are we finished? NO. I’ll get busy on the next six items for later in the week.

Then, if there are any subjects you want to share and discuss with me, please let me know. This is my blog, but this is OUR blogsite.

Happy New Year and blessings, surprises, great writing to all of you.