Some Dos and Don’ts For Critiquing The Middle Draft In It To Win It Writer

Do

  • Dig into dialogue, character’s actions and overall consistency of the character. 
  • Check manuscripts of internal consistency with the established sequence of events
  • Audit the overall flow of the manuscript and the small scale flow from scene to scene.
  • Dig into the writer’s chosen language, grammar, style, and phrasing.
  • Overall impressions. How as a reader one enjoys the manuscript or where as a reader the manuscript drags and needs tightening.
  • Tackle anything specific the writer asks for.

Don’t

Nothing is off the table at this point in time the writer is preparing to move out of critique phase and into a professional editorial, a submission, or a publishing phase.  Critique partners should give the writer everything they can (that’s within the bounds of what the writer asks for).

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