My dad is the closest thing to a critique partner that I have. He's pretty objective with what I write and if there's something he really feels is amiss he'll ask me about it. It also helps that he's been published before.
While my friends and family do pretty much "pat me on the ass" when they read my stuff, a few of those people will help point out errors that I may miss. So at least what they say isn't too congratulatory to be useful.
You obviously don't know my mum. She says what I'm writing is shit before she reads it
a) Do I have a critique partner? No, not really, although I do know some people who have a _relatively_ neutral stance. And DA helps a bit. b) about ten people on DA. And that's pretty much it. c) I love it. Really do.However, I'd really like it if people told me what was good, if anything, and what was complete and utter crap. d) DA and the rest of the internet. I think as a native English speaker stuck in Germany I don't have much of a choice do I? And that's what the interwebs is for, righ'?
I don't really have a critique partner since I'm to scared to show anyone my works. I guess that implies being a real wimp about critiques to begin with. I should probably get one.
I show most of my works to my mother and, YES I know you said she doesn't count. But she doesn't think of me as an exception when it comes to giving out her opinion about my work. Actually, I don't get much of the "You're awesome" from her. Maybe she is being a little bit more gentle with me than with others but I think she counts. After all, she doesn't have this urge to hold back any of her thoughts no matter how striking and painful they can be.
A critique partner? Hmm, that'd be nice. I get no feedback whatsoever, so any at all is appreciated, no matter how vicious or condescending it is. As for people who read my work...well, that'd be my literature buddies and other friends - I rarely let my family know about my writing (it infuriates them so much). Serious feedback is the best feedback you can get, and usually I like to give it instead of the mediocre "OMG ur sooooo good!" If someone gives me sincere feedback, even if it completely criticises my work, I know that I am going to learn from it. Since I don't have a critique partner, I think I might just ask one of my friends to become one: they're all well versed in literature, so they'll all say something worth my time.
Who reads your work? My family, occasionally my friends. LAME
How do you feel about SERIOUS feedback? Gimme.
If you don't have critique partners, what are you doing to change this? When I have a story or two finished, so it gives me something to go off of. I might try to find a writing site or a group here on dA.
YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerDec 28, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no crituque partner, except my reviewers on Fanfic. net. What I plan to do to change this is, hurry up and finish my frikking novel's draft, so I can actually start showing it to a publisher....or editor...............whichever comes first. I'm kind of wining it.
My mother kills any ideas for stories. It almost makes me think I can't write anything at all. Always says to scrap the idea or to change it in some way. It's as if nothing I write is good enough for her. :\
I read the whole thing, but the part that caught my attention the most was "Your mom, your bff, your grandma, or that guy from the office are all going to tell you that you're awesome" so I felt I had to give an example where it's not always true.
Do you have a critique partner? I'm not sure. I don't think so. Who reads your work? Anyone that chooses to read it. How do you feel about SERIOUS feedback? Oh goodie~ More please. If you don't have critique partners, what are you doing to change this? I want to finish one of my writing projects first before going into that. Don't want to get ahead of myself.
A critique partner is a writer with whom you regularly trade feedback. Some people meet with their critique partner/critique group regularly, others trade online. If you don't know if you have one, you probably don't.
If you're waiting for people to come to YOU to give you feedback, you're probably not going to get a lot of feedback. The best way to GET feedback is to GIVE it. Try some groups here on dA. Or the monthly critique thread!
i'm lucky that my dad, while not a critique partner, reads my work with an objective eye. believe me, if something is wrong, he will tell me. when his brother/my uncle wrote a book back in the 90s, he looked to my dad for notes as well.
he's good for a general once-over but i don't rely on him for this stuff. i prefer to keep it all here. everyone here is doing this on a regular basis. i don't have a crit partner. no one wants to play with me. i guess i scare people.
Yeah. I've thought it would be cool if we could have like a matching service for crit partners, but there would have to be either a) a wanted/personals section set up for this and/or matchmakers volunteering.
i think Adopt-a-writer tried this and it flopped. i don't know if the beta reader group does anything or not. it took something like a year before i was matched up; the person who ran the group (whichever it was, i don't remember) said i was too tough to match with anyone. i'm like, what the fuck does that fucking mean and how is that my fault. then when i did get matched, that person decided they didn't want to write anymore. fml
Who reads your work? Old writing workshop members that I still keep in touch with from university. We were all in fiction writing workshops and still share our work with one another for feedback every once in a while. They often have really good advice for improvement! I also take my work to our local writers' workshop for the Hudson Valley every Sunday where we do peer reviews. They help, as well. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, my old professors from university also take time to read over some work I send and provide feedback if they're not too busy.
How do you feel about SERIOUS feedback? I adore it. It's the only way to really improve.
If you don't have critique partners, what are you doing to change this?
Nothing at the moment. There have been a few times people have offered to do it, but every time it has gotten to the point where I'm ready to send them a piece and get something from them they've stopped talking
My best friend has been working on a series of stories for years, and I tell him when I think things are stupid or sound stupid because of the way they're written. He, in turn, "critiques" my artwork - which unfortunately has gotten lamer as I've improved. :\
It's not *that* much, but it's better than just being told, "OMG SO COOL" I suppose.
I don't show anything I write to my family. Someone took my unfinished work and was all like "Oh my gosh, this is so good. It is perfect". It's like, seriously. You are lying to me. I don't think it is good and guess what; I haven't even finished it. I show my work to people on DA that I know will thoroughly critique every aspect of a piece of writing before I upload properly (which I haven't actually done at all lately and I should be doing). The people I know that are off DA only give my compliments... because they are friends and family.
1. Lotssss 2. Interpeeps on deviantart. Some good ones I let my family read. 3. I crave it 4. Well, when I finish the book I plan to ask for critique from certain interpeeps, real life friends (yes, they're my friends, but they will tell me if things suck, also I want to get non-writer opinions (and some of them used to write too)), and a published children's book author I know. :U
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerDec 27, 2012Student General Artist
My most recent story, the one I'm currently working on, I did a critique swap with ~SebastianBux. But usually, I'm not sure. I guess it depends on the project. I'm not in an IRL writer's group anymore, so that's a little frustrating, although hopefully the poetry group I and a friend of mine are trying to start on campus will be helpful.
It's gonna be weird when I graduate and I don't really have anyone to bounce ideas off of and whatnot.