How to Take Critique

by Tim Kane

If you’re going to make it anywhere in the writing world, you’ll have to survive your share of critiques: agents, publishers, or fellow writers. The former two are not always kind and that’s why you need to thicken your skin a bit. A read and critique group can help, but it’s not all sunshine and roses.

When you read or submit your writing to a critiquer, you must accept their responses as it. That writer will share his or her professional opinion about your work. A good rule of thumb, if multiple critiquers offer the same advice, you should probably take it. If it’s only one, you might skip it.

Don’t get defensive. We’re all tempted to “explain” what we meant to write, but you can’t do that published books. What? You’re going place and ad on Amazon stating what you mean to write in your book? No. Your book has to do it all on its own. That’s your job as a writer. If the critiquers don’t get it, then you need to head back to square one and figure out what to change.

Finally, be polite. Whether it’s a beginning writer, new to critiquing, or a veteran writer, take their advice seriously. Don’t argue. Don’t whine or complain. And mostly, don’t insult or belittle your critiquers. Bottom line, books need to be read, and bought, by readers. If you can’t wow your critiquers, how can you amaze your readers?


About Tim Kane

Tim Kane is a writer of fiction.
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1 Response to How to Take Critique

  1. One last thought on this…Don’t ask for a critique if you’re not prepared to hear an honest opinion. If all you’re looking for is a compliment, give it to your mother to read! Good points, Tim.

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