The Art of Critiquing

December 8, 2013 § Leave a comment


Art? Critiques? Sure, why not?

Anyone can point out another person’s mistakes, particularly when you are more accomplished and/or knowledgeable about the craft in question. If the work is written by someone who is just beginning their writing career and still trying to learn the craft, finding mistakes will probably be easy. That isn’t the issue. As any good teacher will tell you, what is hard is pointing out a student’s mistakes without discouraging them or making them feel stupid.

This is where the art comes in.

The art is in drawing attention to the flaws in someone”s work while still encouraging them enough that they will continue to try. After all, we want to encourage and nurture writers, not get them to quit. So how do we do that?

By balancing the positive and negative.

When you critique someone’s work, no matter how bad it might be, it is…

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