“Writing only leads to more writing.”
-Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

I just finished reading over two critiques I got on my most recent story Is It Worth Fighting For. Receiving critiques is quite the experience because you’re basically putting your work out there and saying “pick at it.” When I ask for a critique, I want comments on every aspect of the story — voice, believability, characterization, plot, sentence structure. Nothing is beneath the type of input I want. I know that the importance of a critique is to make it the best it can be. It’s all about improvement.

In terms of the two critiques I’m speaking about now, both of them seemed to have misread one of the characters in the story. They took her as being harsh toward another character when my intention was for it to be taken as friendly banter. And as I’m typing this, I can’t really say that it was a misinterpretation on their part. Not really. Because after they mentioned it, I reread it and realized that I didn’t exactly write out the scene as clearly as I thought.

I had her say she was aggravated and backed that up with her folding her arms. Remember my previous post about body language? lol

The conversation after that — while I intended for it to be light — was tainted by the body language and the dialogue I had her express leading up to said conversation.

That’s a reason why I appreciate other people’s opinions on my work so much!