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General Questions to Think About : Language & Plot

General Questions to Think About : Language & Plot

Language

  • Was the piece easy to read and/or understandable?
  • How was the flow of the writing style overall?
  • Were the sentences too long or short?
  • Were words used correctly?
  • Were some words, punctuation, and/or syntax patterns overused?
  • Were there any grammar mistakes/mistake patterns?
  • How was the description (too long, non-existent, repetitive)?
  • Were tenses consistent?

Plot

  • Was there a plot?
  • Any plot holes?
  • Were the sequence of events natural?
  • Was there anything that confused you in regards to plot. How were they confusing?
  • Did the story drag or move too fast?
  • Did the story interest and/or hook you?

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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: "This is confusing."

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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