|Some of our members at an after-meeting meal.|
The other night after our writing group met, several of us talked about why we like our group. We have a fantastic bunch of writers who give useful feedback while maintaining the writer's self-esteem.
Several of our members have attended other writing groups, and their comments on the critiquing approach, or lack thereof, made me cringe.
Many groups, it turns out, give little feedback beyond: "I love this!"
I'm sorry, but "I love this" doesn't help the writer progress in their craft. I can get that from my friends and family. I'm pretty sure I would be unpopular if I showed up at any of these other "critique" groups. When I attend a critique group, I need to hear how to make my writing better.
What Does a Good Critique Include?
Before you decide to block me from your meeting let me share some of the points we discuss in our group.
Side note: We have several published, award-winning authors in our group. They still expect constructive feedback on their writing.
When we examine a fellow member's writing, some of the typical feedback might include:
- Plot problems
- Flow problems
- Repeated words
- Point of view shifts
- Time line issues
- Scene blocking
- Scene setting
- Overuse of Adverbs
- Passive verbs
- Missing information
- Confusing information
- Inaccurate information
- Typos and grammar
Upcoming Blog Series
Over the next few weeks, I will break down these points in separate blogs. I know I've missed a few, so please go to the comments section and help me out.
What makes your writing group's critiques great?