Friday, May 28, 2010

Constructive Criticism, aka Everyone's a Critic

What's your definition of Constructive criticism?

Here's how I see it:

1) It has to have something to do with the story. No pulling in controversial issues or personal grudges.

2) Point out exactly where the question/criticism/whatever is and tell me what you think. And why. Reviews of just "It sucks." doesn't tell me how to improve it.

3) Constructive criticism helps to improve someone's writing, not cut it down. If you have a personal/professional axe to grind, don't take it out on the next writer. If you can't be impartial to the author of whatever you're looking at, don't do it.

4) Be respectful. This is a big issue for me. Do not blast someone, then backpedal and claim "a misunderstanding" and paint yourself as the victim. Not cool at all. Do not type half a page of insults and cut downs and disguise it as "helpful criticism". It isn't.

What do you consider "constructive criticism?"

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