Hope you all had a great 4th July!
This week, as you can tell by the post title, has been filled with critique after critique after critique.
The site where I participate in critiquing is called Scribophile. It’s one of the most trusted for guaranteed feedback and it’s real easy to sign up to.
You can’t post a piece of your work up straightaway. You have to work for it by critiquing other people’s work. With every critique you gain points. You have to earn 5 or more (sounds little, but it’s a lot) before you can submit yours.
Some might say that this is highly unfair. Why can’t I just post my work and be done with it?
As a writer the one thing I hate is critiquing.
I LOVE reading other people’s work.
But telling someone what I think of it?
My brain kind of dies with all of the words swirling around in my head. What did I like about it? What stood out to be an issue? Did everything fit together?
Then there’s always a chance that the person who you’re critiquing for could take it the wrong way.
Critiquing always makes me feel superior which I hate. I’m a big believer in equality and that nobody should be above or below anyone else. Telling someone what is or isn’t right with their work is heart rending. That’s why I try to be careful with my words.
I don’t water it down, but I’m not harsh, either.
Are you a fan of critiquing? Does it send you running for the hills screaming too?
Drop a comment below!
Until next time,
Thanks to Dayne Topkin for the image via Unsplash.com.