Constructive WritingWriting constructively
Key to constructive writing criticism
I' ve got a boyfriend who wrote. Although we often meet and discuss our writing, until recently we have not yet replaced any parts of the letter with feedbacks. The last we met for a cup of tea, my girlfriend gave me her novel script and I gave her a brief history (because my novel is not complete).
Though I haven't read her script yet due to lack of material, I work through it gradually and contemplatively. Next timeyou get a bit of writing for your comments, here are some of the keys that will help provide a writing group member or colleague with a constructive review of their writing:
There' s probably nothing harder than giving someone your letter and providing them with commentary that shows that they really just flew over your work. You obviously worked really damn hard on it," doesn't really mean anything to a novelist. Or if the readers make remarks or proposals for improvements that show that they really did not understood the tale, this will also be a frustration for the author.
Simply let the author know where and why you were confused). When you don't have a minute to criticize someone's work, or when you just don't want to, let them know that you don't think you have it now. When you agree, please carefully review so that you can be sure to give useful, pertinent comment.
Make a note while you're leaving. Don't trust your memories to record all these remarks until you're done with your reads. Take notices instead. Inquire the author if he wants to make a note directly on the script or on a sheet of hard copy. I take handwritten memos for this particular script, but I will end up typing them in to make them more legible.
Commend, but don't euphemise. When she gave me her novel, my writers girlfriend said, "Don't be too nice!" It is of no great use to a woman author if she praises her work unqualified. Yes, every author wants his work to be fun, but he also knows that there is always room for improvements. Do not be constructive.
The ripping apart of an author's script will not make you grateful for your criticism. I have to put myself as far as possible in the shoes of the reader's intended readership so that I can make a correct assessment of the writing. Criticism's aim is to point out the shortcomings in order to show them where they can be improved.
However, it is also about motivating and helping others to write. You don't have to be horrible to be friendly when you criticize. Are you a regular critic of other authors' work? But how can you be constructive and sincere, yet encourage and support? Which other' keys' to constructive criticism can you include in this citation?