Re: [Durham-Writers-Group] The art of critiquing

From: Robert E.
Sent on: Monday, October 10, 2011 7:14 AM
James,

Thanks. That was good personal advice in a nutshell.
 
Robert Engelbach
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From: James Maurice Alexander <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, October 9,[masked]:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Durham-Writers-Group] The art of critiquing

My person advice, be honest but don't be reductive or confrontational. Your job is to help fellow writers see what is/isn't working about their work, not to preach or suggest their intense family drama set against the backdrop of 20th century America needs to be about a robot-zombie-alien invasion instead ... or vice versa.

James' Sign


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From: Robert Engelbach <[address removed]>
To: durham-writers-group-list <[address removed]>
Sent: Sun, Oct 9,[masked]:11 pm
Subject: [Durham-Writers-Group] The art of critiquing

Hi all,

I am new to writing groups. I am finding the DWG to be a wonderful experience. I never seriously critiqued anyone's work before. I am kind of catching on by listening to others.  But I was a structure freak in my last life.  All I am really confident about critiquing at this point is grammar and punctuation, which is necessary when submitting to a potential publisher, but so far below the creative level of the two writing groups that I'v embarrassed myself. So I found a good three-page article on "How to Give and Receive Critiques" that has given me a hint of how to go to the next level of critiquing.  I am guessing many people have their own guidelines.  Some of you may want to share yours. I posted this one on October 7th if anyone wants to look at it.   

Cheers,
Robert

 
Robert Engelbach
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