3 Points • Why it’s important • Giving Criticism • Receiving Criticism
Why • Experience new writing • Improves your writing by • Focusing on a specific written work of yours • Helping you learn by other people’s comments on other people’s works • We become a collective social group of writers. That makes us all stronger. • Learn new techniques. • There is no experience for improving writing that participating in an active critiquing group.
Giving Criticism • You must give if you expect to get. • Three important ‘C’s to giving Criticism • Be Constructive • Be Compassionate • Be Critical Who to get criticism from: • Writers, Editors Who NOT to get criticism from: • Family, friends
Giving Criticism • Constructive • Provide feedback that is helpful • Help to build, not tear down • Not “I don’t like this line.” • Not “This section sucks.” • Do “This sentence doesn’t work for me because...” • Do. “This section is passive. Try rewording like this.”
Giving Criticism • Compassionate • Think of how you would feel if someone gave that comment to you. • Phrase criticism to be helpful • Point out things you like as well • Allow the writer’s voice to show through, don’t offer changes so much that would put it in your voice.
Giving Criticism • Critical • Focus on the writing • Indicate factual things, but don’t dwell on them. • Target areas: • Flow, passivity, voice, storytelling, characters • Paper markup areas: • Grammar, spelling, little things • Make every comment count
Receiving Criticism • This is the hardest part. • Don’t take it personal • View all comments as an assistance to your writing. • Heavy criticism does not mean you suck. • Everyone has room for improvement. • Go into every session, expecting a lot of comments and help. • Don’t argue with commenters. • If a comment refers to something from an unread section, say so (politely)
Helpful links • Central Phoenix Writing Workshop • http://www.meetup.com/CentralPhoenixWritingWorkshop/ • West Valley Writers’ Critique Group • http://www.meetup.com/West-Valley-Writers-Critique-Group/ • Google+ Writers’ Discussion Group • https://plus.google.com/communities/106134988944938026164 • Online Groups • Http://critters.org • http://www.critiquecircle.com • http://www.scribophile.com/