Some Dos and Don’ts For Critiquing The Share And Share Alike Writer

Do:

  • Point out what works.  What’s clever, what’s funny, what’s emotional.  Celebrate the wins.
  • Point out areas the manuscript wanders.  Are their places the writer shared too much or dropped in exposition?  Help find alternatives.
  • Identify core components—characters, plot, theme(s), and pacing.  Provide any thoughts one has in regards to their current state and avenues for further development.
  • Tackle anything specific the writer asks for.

Don’t

  • Dig into grammar.  The specific words and framing will change significantly between now and a final draft.  Grammar edits is a waste of a critique partner’s time at this point.
  • Highlight awkward phrasing.  Same reasons as above.
  • Tone.  Same reasons as above.

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