The last few weeks of summer vacation have me shoving all sorts of goodies into the family memory bag: tubing down the Shenandoah, water parks, DC with friends, and me showing the girls the right way to throw elbows at the outlet stores for back-to-school clothes. That Coach bag is MINE, beyotch! But I digress.
Taking a break today, I found a few occurrences of writers and industry professionals asking/telling about critiques. How they give them and what ultimately the writer is looking for when it comes to feedback. I'm afraid I fall into the "don't blow sunshine up anyone's butt" category, while still leaving a bit of ego intact for the writer. I'm not cruel but I am honest. In the past year, however, I've learned the Kiss-Kiss-Kill-Kiss method that works in a variety of instances but for our purposes, we'll adhere it to manuscript/article critiques.
The premise is simple: say two nice things about the piece, one thing that can be improved in your opinion and follow it up with another positive thing. Reinforce the good stuff without leaving out the bits that need help. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
You'd be surprised how well this works with husbands. I never have to do the dishes again. ;)
Are you a long lost sister of the Bradys when it comes to critiques or can put the beatdown on Cruella?