Charging into the Review
Critiquing can evoke the dark side of a reviewer. Some misled reviewers use these dark and loathsome feelings instead of logic, wisdom, and common sense to guide their critiques. These unfortunate souls have not yet learned the valuable lesson Kurt Vonnegut taught when he said “any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a story is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”
When you are critiquing don’t waste your time mutilating the sundae. Spend your time telling the author how to improve it; after all, a good critique provides specific ideas about how to improve. Praising or degrading without thorough explanation is a complete waste of your time and the author’s. As writers shouldn’t we be able to constructively present creative ways to help each other improve our works?
Do you enjoy eating a nice chocolaty sundae? If so please join our writing group and satisfy that lingering hunger for help.