What’s Not Helpful in a Critique

Last time I wrote briefly about how to give and take critique. To go a little deeper, we have to understand that the role of critique partner is different from the role of editor.

A developmental editor often will help a writer shape the theme or concept of a manuscript. As a critique partner, your job is to help your critique partner realize the vision they have for their book; trying to convince them to change that vision is not helpful. However, if a critique partner asks for help in shaping their theme or vision, you can chime in. Continue reading

How to give and take critique

The second item on my list of The Three Best Things You Can Do for Your Writing Career was “Join a Writers Group.” Not all writers groups offer critiques, but even those that don’t usually provide a forum where, once you get to know people, you can invite some of them to be your critique partners.

Once you have critique partners or join a critique group, how do you give and receive criticism? As you might guess, I have a whole seminar on this topic, which I’ll be teaching this weekend at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. But for those not able to be there, here’s a summary. Continue reading

The Three Best Things You Can Do for Your Writing Career

You know I’m not usually one for these “Number of Things” articles, but this is something I repeat so often—because I really believe it—that I figured it was an appropriate follow-up to the Elements of Fiction series.

You’ll find plenty of advice about how to improve your writing craft. Read widely, write a lot…that sort of thing. All true, of course.

But this list is about how you can develop your writing career. Continue reading