Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How To Be An Irresponsible Critique Partner

Confession: I am an irresponsible critique partner.


Because I just am.

Exhibit A: I'm currently wrapping up my crits for one of my partners, and so far, my Track Changes look like this...







So. As you can see, those comments aren't... very... helpful...

But before you can slap my wrist and berate me, allow me to distract you with CUTENESS OVERLOAD!

What was this blog post about again???

Oh, right. Me SUCKING at critiques.


Pretty please, tell me: are you an irresponsible critique partner, too??? What do you do to flesh out your crits more? 


  1. I'm a useless critiquer. I can't criticise at all. LOL!! I'm more a cheeleader!! So I'm no good as one really!!!

    Awwww I love your cute overload pic!!! Take care

  2. Aww, cuteness!!!!! *hugs animals tight*

    I always worry I'm a useless CP. I like to mix my cheering with my comments. I think you're a better judge of my CP skillz than I am. LOL.

  3. This is my main worry about becoming a CP, I'd be having so much fun reading the story my notes would only be line-edits with no big picture stuff.
    - Sophia.

  4. Such cutie animals! :D

    Well, as for critiquing, I do try to be thorough and stuff, but sometimes it can take me a really long time to actually get a critiqued manuscript back to its owner. I do think it's good to cheer in your comments, though, especially if you truly love something. A cheering sort of comment is as useful as critique. Then they'll know what's working.

  5. hahaha, that's awesome. I like to be balanced. My comments are usually a combination of 'this didn't work for me, try this instead' 'you can do so much better than this metaphor,' 'BWHAHAHAAHA' and 'I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOU *character name here*'

  6. It depends what I'm reading -- if it's isolated pages, I concentrate on the word-by-word craft, and if the plot or character doesn't make sense, sometimes I give the writer benefit of the doubt that it would make sense if I had the whole manuscript. But if I have the whole manuscript, I try not to look at the plot, and my line-by-line reading isn't there...

  7. I sometimes put down more red ink than there is black on the page. I point out all the spots I like, but I am also horribly nitpicky about word choice, congruent imagery and metaphor, grammar and punctuation, etc., as well as plausibility, consistency, pacing, and all that. Sometimes I worry I overhwelm the writer!