Monday, July 25, 2011
Most recent Crits
One thing that does bother me is when a person tries to find mistakes within the piece. As an example, naming a run on sentence when it's clear it's not a run on sentence. OR Saying a sentence is too wordy and jammed back with information, when clearly it's not. This has happened to me once. Out of the four reviews, only one person seemed to not actually read the chapter I posted and commented on it. I get this vibe because of their lack of information within their comments.
So, my advice when giving a critique is:
1. Be Helpful and Not Hurtful : Suggest revisions instead of telling.
2. Actually READ the piece of work. Don't just skim though it to get credit for the critique. In my eyes, this doesn't give the person a good rep within the website. It only goes to show that person isn't critique worthy.
3. Write critiques in a neutral tone using neutral words: I think, Perhaps, Maybe, etc.
4. Lastly, let the author know that you're no professional. All the comments that are made within a critique are only comments and can be used if the author feels it's right. Mention they can use what helps and disregard what doesn't.
Well, there you have it. My in site on critiques. (No I'm not a professional)