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Thursday, February 22, 2007

How To Be Good Critique

It is the writer’s blessing and the writer’s bane—receiving critique from other authors. Many talk about the writer’s responsibility in receiving critique. Don’t argue, don’t rationalize, swallow your pride, develop a thick skin, try not to take it personally. But what about the person providing the critique? Is he or she free to say whatever comes to mind, even if it's harsh, unhelpful, incorrect, or just plain mean? I’d venture that all writers know how to read, but not all know how to read well, much less offer a useable critique. Following are the first of the ten most important responsibilities of the critical reader:
1. Don’t be Nice, but Do be Good. What’s the difference? “Nice” is telling Aunt Edna the red dress with the polka dots looks Great! Perfect for family portraits! Just perfect! “Good” is gently telling Auntie that polka dots might not be the best idea. Try the yellow dress instead, and has she seen the new gym down the street? Maybe she could take a tour. I probably don’t need to say that telling Edna her rear looks like the toadstool from Alice in Wonderland is neither nice nor good, even if it is true. More

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