Writers: Why You Need to Learn How to Give a Good Critique

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I’ve written before about where to find critique partners but I wanted to touch on something just as important…

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When To Open Your Story Up To Critique

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As always, writing advice is subjective;  do what works for you.

But early on in my writing endeavors, I read a book that changed the way I thought about drafting and receiving critical feedback on my work, so I wanted to share my method…

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Friday Things

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I recently took one of those Buzzfeed quizzes–I think it was the one that tells you which Harry Potter book you are (I got Deathly Hallows, and I am fine with that). One of the questions asked what magical device you would want. I picked Time Turner, because I wish I could redo every day I spend at work and spend it writing and reading instead. So I’m sorry I got no writing/reading posts done this week–I was just too busy! (Though in retrospect, I’d have more free time if I stayed off Buzzfeed).

Here are 3 things that made my week:

1. This is the best, most concise article on writing EVER. Read it. Bookmark it. Read it again.

2. A map that shows you, hour-wise, how long it takes to get between European cities by train.

3. There’s a massive critique giveaway happening on one of my favorite writing blogs. Enter, but if you win and I don’t, we’re in a fight.

Reading: On The Road: The Original Scroll. Confession: I’m not a huge classics fan. Nearly every time I’ve attempted to get into a classic novel, I end up abandoning it (hi Anna Karenina). But Kerouac is just enough of a word genius to keep me reading, despite the fact that this entire novel is one big run-on sentence. I’m about a third of the way through and I believe I’ll reach the end, at which point I expect to be motivated enough to finally quit my job and embark on an epic road trip.

Watching: I haven’t watched anything new this week. But I was recently talking to someone about amazing movies you never want to see again; you know, those movies that are beautifully shot and acted and written but are just so horribly depressing you know you’ll never buy them, because you don’t want to see them, ever again. For me, those movies are Requiem for a Dream, American History X, Mystic River, Monster, and Boys Don’t Cry. How about you?

Listening to: Coldplay, particularly this song. It’s lovely.

Image found here. This is my dream house, btw