We’re over at Brenda Stinnett’s blog today talking about our book The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles), answering questions about being a writing team, and there’s even an excerpt of the book.
Since Brenda’s interviewing us about writing as a team, we thought we ‘d make today’s tip about critiquing. As a critiquer, your job isn’t to just say this sucks, even though it might. Critiquers need to give constructive criticism. If something is bad about your critique partners’ work, or the contest manuscript you are judging, tell the person the Ws, the Hs, and the Es of their work.
What the problem is,
Why it’s wrong,
How to fix it,
(find a place for a)
Happy face–every writer has at least one thing you can praise,
Encourage them. Anyone who has ever been a newbie writer (and that’s all of us), entered a contest, or given something to someone to read, is subject to getting a discouraging critique back. Writing is a process and the more we do it, the more we try to learn the craft, the better we can become. That’s a message every writer, beginning or not, needs to remember.
Have you ever critiqued a manuscript that sucked? How did you give constructive criticism?
Great Read. Can’t wait for next book in the Series,July 28, 2013
Reading paranormal has not been my thing, but after reading The Promised One, I’ve changed my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and look forward to reading subsequent books in this series. The author leaves the reader wondering throughout who is truly bad and who is good. Will Temple be turned to the bad side? Will Temple and Alexi’s love survive her secrets? Is Eli who he says he is? And most of all, what will happen to them all in the next book.