Wow– I wrote an opening comment today to two different people about critiquing and after reading it back I decided it would be appropriate to share. This is my opinion on reading/sharing/critiquing with other folks…
It’s nothing official, just how I approach the subject. Hopefully, this approach might be useful or helpful to others..and if not..oh well 🙂 I tried!
I love reading work from other writers as much as I love writing and having people read my work!
As for my review/edits/critique– If I found anything which in my own humble opinion (which by the way is not necessarily “right” but rather just what I am thinking) was grammatically incorrect, perhaps has a missing word or is a bit confusing, I denote this with a comment (in Microsoft Word, using the comment feature, or in a text document I use square brackets to enclose a comment.)
I am by no means a professional writer(at least not yet), editor, or critic, but I have had a lot of experience in the amateur space. I’ve been a member of a site called critiquecircle.com for several years where I have given and received tons of critiques on all sorts of work.
I’ve self-published a short story and have experienced the joy of someone loving my work and someone hating my work and someone who is just not sure what to make of my work! All of these experiences have moved me in a common way– in the direction to become a better writer!
One thing I have learned over the years is to be upfront about a review of someone else’s work and to explain what my perspective is when reviewing it. Anything I write about your work should just be taken as a suggestion and everything I write is meant to be in the spirit of being helpful, courteous and in the air of the greater good for all writers I make acquaintance with.
You do not have to take my suggestions of course, but overall I hope whatever I share with you is helpful and received positively!
If for any reason any of my comments or suggestions make you uncomfortable, please do let me know and if you rather I do not continue on, please let me know that as well.
Again my aim is to be received positively and be helpful, but we are all humans and critique is not always well received.
So there you have it folks…my personal take on critiquing! 🙂