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Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE

These lessons, by one of our most consistent FaithWriters' Challenge Champions, should not be missed. So we're making a permanent home for them here.

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Re: Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE

Postby lish1936 » Sat May 10, 2014 11:14 pm

I have never been a proponent of the yellow boxes. I could never find a valid reason why they should not have a short shelf life. For a long time, I never wanted negative comments on my Challenge articles because the boxes did not have an expiration date. :-) Then it occurred to me that my attitude was all about me and my foolish pride. I decided that if someone was really interested in my articles, then they would come to their own conclusions based on what THEY knew about its merits despite the comments.

I also do not believe that one should shy away from comments just because they don't know all the rules of the game (although I've recently had to remind myself of this) . As one of those who have erred a time or two when commenting, I firmly believe that mistakes are just another opportunity to learn.

If someone writes a comment that is clearly incorrect, it should be lovingly brought to their attention. It is incumbent upon the one who erred to graciously receive the correction. This becomes a win-win for all.

We should never be ashamed :sofa when mistakes happen, and we should never be judged by them.

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Re: Be a Better Writer--GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITIQUE

Postby RachelM » Sun May 18, 2014 1:24 am

I believe an in-depth critique can be one of the most valuable gifts that we are blessed with as writers. How we receive these critiques may be the factor that determines whether or not we grow.

At first it was hard to not take the critiques personally, but I decided to be grateful for every single bit of feedback that I got. Receiving the critiques has gotten so much easier.

I was afraid to give critiques when I started, but I wanted to give back to others since I had been so blessed in this way. I always tried to pray first and would leave two positive comments for every negative thing I pointed out. I think that critiquing challenge entries has made me a better writer and self-editor.
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