Getting the Most from Critique
When I started my Creative Writing degree, my least favorite weeks were the ones in which I had my work critiqued. I’d toil tirelessly on a short story, edit it multiple times and ensure that every sentence was carefully crafted and conveyed precisely what I meant. Then, in the space of half an hour, my peers would point out countless, gaping holes in my work, tell me I should delete parts of the story I felt were crucial and even, at times, question the integrity of my entire premise. There was really no worse feeling to me than seeing my work get sliced up a hundred different ways. It frustrated me. It made me mad.
A few days later, though, I’d find a few of those comments and suggestions still nagging in my brain. Shortly after, without fail, I’d be heads-down in a rewrite, working on those issues that, earlier, I’d resisted. As I participated in more workshops and grew as a...
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