My 5 Rules for Critiques

Valerie Thomas, Author

These past few months I’ve sought out a lot more critiques on my work, and as a result I’ve heard a lot of things I’d rather not. I’d rather believe my work is perfect from the moment I put it down on paper (or Microsoft Word, which is actually more likely), but unfortunately that never happens. With that in mind, I’ve developed a few rules that I try to stick to when I receive critiques, to help get the most out of them.

  1. Give yourself some time, especially if you have a strong reaction. There have been more than a few times when I’ve looked up from a critique, certain the person behind it is wrong, and I am right, or certain they were just saying something to annoy me. Except in the rarest cases, this isn’t true, and when I come back a day or a week later, I…

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