Absolute Write Critique

Posted by Backyard Urban Gardening on Friday, December 01, 2006

I posted chapter 2 of my work in progress in the Mystery Section of Absolute Write and requested some feedback a couple weeks ago.

To this point I've received 11 replies with the breakdown as follows: 1 really-really liked it, 3 liked some parts of it, 4 said they could take it or leave it, 3 said they lost interest after the 2nd paragraph.

I learned a lot from the feedback and really appreciate everyone who took time to share their impressions of my effort.

I've shared some of my writing with family and friends. It's not really that productive because they seldom offer anything I'd term "constructive". I don't blame them. Asking your friends and family to critique your writing puts them in an uncomfortable position of criticizing a friend and not wanting to hurt your feelings.

I'm interested how other beginning novelists have handled this situation.


Thomma Lyn said...

I think objective critiquing is very, very important. You simply can't get objective critiques from loved ones and friends. And as a writer learns his/her craft, objective critiques are an important part of improving that craft.

I think AW is a great place if you want to get a good group of writers to read and comment on your stuff. There are many insightful, helpful folks there.

Alternately, I'd recommend a critique partner. But it works best if you find that "just right" blend: somebody who clicks with and appreciates your work but who also isn't afraid to be blunt with constructive criticism where necessary.

Marianne Arkins said...

I joined Writers Village University about four years ago. It took me a little while to find my niche there, but I have three or four really good crit partners now and don't know if I would make it without their help (in fact, the dedication in my latest published short story is all about them!

Family is great when you need a pat on the back, but not so great for real honesty.

Good luck!

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