Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Critique

The critique process is a queer thing. It’s an appreciate-despise relationship. You look forward to the feedback, the opportunity to improve your writing and learn, but it can sure be a painful thing when you read something like, "I couldn't get a sense for where the story was going."

"It's the first chapter of a novel," you scream at your computer monitor.

Critique-ers exist in a cloud of perfection. That is their purpose, to take the writer out of their tunnel of infatuation for their own work--to make them examine their masterpiece from another's point of view. The worst critique is thus the best.

But it sure is hard to like the bastard who wrote it--

Thank God for the tactless--their honesty is better than gold.

Write Every Day!


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