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Understand That Critiques are for Improvement

Understand That Critiques are for Improvement

Instead of saying: "This is confusing."

Try: "I don't understand how your character got from Point A to Point B. It will probably be better if you elaborate on how they got there in the story, so it's clearer for your readers."

Explain why changes need to be made, why lines need to be cut out, why parts are confusing.

On the other hand, critiques are not for blind flattery as well. Some may approach a critique channel with a desire to just receive pointless flattery. However, the majority are here to improve.

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Instead of saying: "The main character's dialogue was good, but the side characters all sound the same." or "The main character's dialogue was good, but the side characters all sound the same. But you did a really great job on the main character's voice!"

Instead of saying: "You lack creativity."

  • Unless the author has specifically asked for it, don't get hung up over word choice or line edits.
  • Sticking to the bigger picture is the best choice.

Instead of saying: "No one is going to understand why your main character ran away."

When critiquing a peer's work:

Every critique is an opinion, but it's also important to make your critiques objective, when it comes to letting your personal enjoyment of a genre, or liking of the writer themselves, factor into your criticism. Furthermore, it's also nice to enjoy the critique process as well. It's difficult to...

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Constructive criticism assumes that the person giving it has chosen to talk about it because it wants to help the other in reaching the good or help to progress.

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