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General Questions to Think About : Characters & Overall

General Questions to Think About : Characters & Overall

Characters

  • Did the characters act realistically in the situations that they were in?
  • Did they have distinct personalities and/or voices?
  • Was the POV for the story consistent?
  • How well-written was the dialogue?
  • Can you sympathize and/or empathize with the characters?
  • Are the characters layered & complex?

Overall

  • What is your overall impression of the story?
  • What is the strongest part of the story? The weakest?
  • What's one line that you loved?
  • Did you cover the specific points that the writer asked for critique on?

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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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