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How Do You Critique?

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Re: How Do You Critique?

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Be proud of your mistakes when they form from blinding passion. But now edit them.

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Re: How Do You Critique?

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The Rule of Three

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Re: How Do You Critique?

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Be proud of your mistakes when they form from blinding passion. But now edit them.

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Re: How Do You Critique?

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Be proud of your mistakes when they form from blinding passion. But now edit them.

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Thanks everyone for responding! You all definitely provided great direct and guidelines that can be utilized here at the forum.

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Re: How Do You Critique?

Postby Ride the Pen » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:57 am

Stay respectful and never forget to point out the positive sides as well. I think those are the most important points to remember.

Much of this is subjective anyways - then again, other aspects can be judged very objectively. And where is the fine line between these two areas?

If we only knew...

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Re: How Do You Critique?

Postby MookyMcD » Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:55 am

That's a good point, but I'm reasonably confident I know where that line is when I'm giving a critique. That's one of the reasons to do a really good job critiquing, I have to skim the entire book first. I pay a lot of attention to structural elements, and that can make a huge difference.

For example, objective side of things -- yesterday I sent comments to a CP who had a section in the middle that had three substantial flashbacks from two character's perspectives, all tied together with what was basically just barely enough plot in the main story to serve as segue and setup for the flashbacks. "Too much backstory" may be subjective, but "over 6,000 words of backstory in a 7,800 word section," is not.

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