Thursday, September 16, 2010

What Feedback Do You Want?

I came across author notes the other day in my on-line critique group that startled me. The author didn't want any feedback on commas. He didn't care about the rules. He wanted his prose to flow more smoothly. I think I shivered.

Started to critique his piece anyway, but stopped. I admit. I'm self-centered. One of the reasons I critique is to get critiques back. But really. How could I take anything he suggested seriously? And if he doesn't want anyone pointing out the most basic gramatical error—I decided my time would be wasted.

I'm just saying—

Write Every Day!

Regards, Mac


  1. I have to admit, when I'm looking for critiques I'm not looking for comma feedback. (I have a copy editor on tap for that, but only when I'm on my final revision.)

    However, I don't say, "Don't give them to me" nor do I say, "Please don't critique my grammar as I want my deathly prose to wander, unfettered by rules, through the meadows of your mind". I take them and make the correction, so it will be one less thing for my copy editor down the line.

  2. I don't look for nit feedback but I'll gladly welcome it if it's offered. I'm more interested in story arc, character development and plot logic. The little stuff will get caught either by me or my editor in the final draft.

  3. Ref: He didn't care about the rules. He wanted his prose to flow more smoothly.

    But now, if he said he didn't care about the rules, he just sent up a red flag.

    It's one thing to focus on the big picture, quite another to ignore standards.

  4. Well, I don't think prose flows more smoothly without commas. In fact, it slows down the reading process because you have to go back and reread to find where the phrase goes.