What do you do with the critiques you receive?


OK, listen up. this is important.

You don’t have to tear your piece apart based on the comments of a group. In fact, you should never take all the suggestions. Some will work for you and some won’t. It’s your piece. They are suggestions. You have to evaluate your work and choose what will enhance your writing.

On the other hand dismissing all the comments is also a bad idea. If you don’t take your critiquers’ comments seriously perhaps you shouldn’t be in that group. You’re wasting their time and yours.

If you find yourself unwilling to make changes, then it is time to step back from your piece and give these comments time to jell. Revisit your piece and the comments in a week or three and see if you see them differently.

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~ by Gwen Dandridge on August 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “What do you do with the critiques you receive?”

  1. I agree. Sometimes if the person giving me the critique wants me to really change something substantial I let it sit for a while and think it through. If I get the same critique from another reader, then I really think it through. I’ve found that if multiple people feel the same thing is a problem it probably is. The rest can be individual preference in writing, plotting, characterization, etc. and needs to be well thought through before making any changes.

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