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You can send up to 350 words of ANY scene that you know something isn't working, but you just can't figure out what. This can be from a finished or unfinished WIP. Submit to email@example.com and include Fearful Critique in the subject line.
Name (will be removed before posting)
Brief intro or question you would like us to look at while reading.
Then your 350 word submission.
The sandwich method of critiquing breaks down as follows:
- Soft bread--Say something nice--first overall impression (if it was positive), what you liked, etc.
- Meat--Constructive comments that are meant to help and improve, not tear down.
- Lettuce, Tomato, Condiment of choice--comments that point out the phrases and sentences that you just loved!
- Soft bread--Say something else nice and encouraging.
The key is the nice things have to be sincere. And there is always something nice you can find in any writing. Here's how I do it.
1. Read the whole selection to get a feel for the writing and the scene.
2. Make note of anything that jumps out at you
a. phrases you love
b. things that pull you out of the story
3. Read it a second time and look for the details
a. excessive use of adverbs, adjectives, etc
b. confusing passages
c. POV slips
d. verb confusion, passive voice
e. spots where telling can be replaced with showing
f. spots that hook you, cause you to ask questions, see the setting clearly, or feel emotion, etc.
4. Write the review using the sandwich method. Phrase things in a positive way so the author doesn't feel like you are attacking them personally or their story. It's hard enough to hear something isn't working without feeling picked on.