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The critique process Don't read other critiques of this story yet. Doing so would likely bias your review. The author would much prefer your unbiased and fresh impression. Write down your impressions as a reader. Was the story captivating from the very first few paragraphs?
Did you enjoy reading it? What type of person would this book appeal to? Do you think that the story or book has sales potential? Try to give feedback on what could be changed.
Remember, the purpose of writing a critique is twofold: To just bash the story without providing something useful to the author is not really being professional. Give examples of improvements, if possible. When you give an example of a better way to do what you pointed out, you make your point much clearer to the author.
As they say, 'an example is worth a thousand words'. Praise where praise is due. Did you remember to add some positive comments on the piece, where the author did something you thought was very good? But when I think I see a touchdown, I cheer. As [critics], don't we have a responsibility to not only point out what needs changing, as we see it, but also what worked and why, so the writer WON'T change it and will be encouraged to produce more of the same?
We cannot grow, otherwise. Focus your attention on the story as written.
Critique as you would want to be critiqued. Ask yourself before you post or mail a critique: Is this an example of the way I would like to be treated? The checklist things to look for Opening Do the first few sentences or paragraphs of the story grab your attention? Do they present the protagonist's main problem?
Remember how you judge a book or story when you first see it in a bookstore. Don't we often base our decision to buy or not buy upon those first few sentences? Did this author grab your attention fast enough? Conflict By conflict, I do not mean lots of slam-bam action.
Conflict is "The mental or moral struggle caused by incompatible desires and aims. That is the kind of conflict that makes stories vitally alive. Between the main characters? Emotional conflict is part of what gets readers interested.
Are there too many or not enough conflicts? Stir up as many levels of conflict and problems for your protagonist hero as you can. Let one set of problems grow out of another. And never, never, never solve a problem until you've raised at least two more.
It is the unsolved problems that form the chain of promises that keeps the reader interested.What advice can they offer us on the art of writing? The quotes of writers from ancient times up to the present can teach us a lot about writing.
or draw. ~John Gardner. To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. ~Herman Melville. If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper. ~T.S. Eliot This book has excellent. Comments Off on John Gardner on Writing.
John Gardner on Writing. by. John Gardner's The Art of Fiction is pretentious and not one of my favorite writing books at all. I've heard about this book for sometime and figured I would give it a try.
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