Thursday, March 20, 2008

CRITIQUING: Why You Need a Critique

Today, I'm starting a series of blogs on critiquing. First off is

"Why do you need a critique?"

Another pair of eyes to spot problems

Grammar and spelling problems

Clarity problems -- Does something (a phrase or an event) not make sense to another person?

Someone else can see the diseased tree when you only see the forest.

If you want only praise, let your mother or your best friend read your book. If you want honesty, get a good critique partner.

Critiquing someone else's work is good for your writing because by learning to spot others' weaknesses, you can more easily spot your own.

Explaining writing problems helps you understand them


Tomorrow, we discuss finding a good critique partner or group.

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