I’ve written before about where to find critique partners but I wanted to touch on something just as important…
… namely why you should be a good critique partner yourself.
A good critique partner is an incredible asset. And I don’t believe they’re made overnight. Learning how to give useful, good critique is a skill that you develop over time. And it’s an important one, as a writer.
1. The better you are at critiquing, the more likely you are to attract a good critique partner for your own work. Like calls to like. And believe me, you need good critique partners.
2. Critiquing another’s work can help you find problems within your own work. It’s easier to criticize something that’s not yours; you’re not attached to it. You have objectivity. So you may find something problematic in their work that you would have overlooked in your own–and it can help you see those problems in your own.
3. Helping someone else improve their work is a worthwhile joy. After all, we’re writers because we want more good stories in the world, are we not? So aside from writing your own story, helping someone else with theirs is a way to do this.
So how do you learn how to be a good critique partner? That’s the subject of another post. Stay tuned!
This guest post was contributed by Mary Kate Pagano. Mary has been voraciously reading and writing since she learned how, but it’s only in the last six years or so that she’s drummed up the courage to actually attempt to publish a novel. She has three finished YA manuscripts under her belt and will be querying all once she’s satisfied with them (which is taking some time). You can find her writerly and readerly musings over at www.wanderlustywriter.com.
Yes, yes, yes! The courses I learned the most from in college included lessons with critiques and opportunities to give them. In my creative nonfiction writing course we always sat in a circle with our desks, there were about 18 students in the class. Each week for a whole class period (1.5 hours) we would critique a student’s personal writing. This gave each student the opportunity to learn how to provide constructive criticism and how to receive criticism–constructive or not.
Some weeks were harder than others but it taught me how much a person can grow in a short amount of time!
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