Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26

I got my Masters deadline in for this month. I still have to critique my school chums work. Critiquing is part of the program. You need to learn how to look at a work critically and leave important comments in an encouraging manner. Where I struggle is that one never knows what the editor and publisher is going to think. You can say, oh, they never allow this kind of writing or point of view and, wham! a book will be published with just such a thing in it. It's a subjective business. For example Stephen King has come out publicly saying Stephanie Meyers writing is not up to par-and yet, she is multi-published and making money hand over fist... So I struggle with critiquing. I'm not the kind of copy editor who can find all the missing comas so that's out. Which leaves me with one thing, what I feel as a reader. Whether that is helpful or not is hit and miss. It's an interesting dilemma, isn't it? Cheers~


  1. Nancy, I really don't like critiquing others' work either. I know I'm not that good and what appeals to me doesn't often appeal to others.

  2. That's pretty much how I critque too, like a reader.

  3. Thanks, L.Diane and Linda, now I don't feel like an outsider. I'm always curious about the people who are so certain their way is right that they critique with gusto. Do they really know that much or are they only fooling themselves. Hmmm, anyway, thanks so much for stopping by. Cheers~