I struggled with a title to this post as I'm probably guilty of not always critiquing as kindly as I could. But I'm learning.
Yesterday a fellow writer shared with me how someone who was reviewing her book told her she should trash the whole thing. The plot didn't contain enough twists, it needed more conflict...the list went on. Trash all 600 pages.
This isn't her first book. But she was eager to learn to write better and so put herself out there for more people to review her work.
Harsh words. Trash the whole thing.
Have you ever been critiqued like that?
I doubt it. Most of us enjoy critique partners who work with us at editing and strengthening our words. We might have to toss a few chapters, but certainly not everything.
I've read this woman's work. It's good. She's found her voice but yes, she's got some POV issues and some information dump issues but she's gaining.
Hopefully we all are.
The lesson I learned from this? Be careful how you critique. Do it kindly, honestly and with words that encourage--not destroy.
We are all works in progress.
Have you ever endured a bad critique experience? (I hope not from me!!) How did you deal with it?