Who Should Critique Your WIP?

I recently read a story that I liked from someone in my writing community. The author is planning to self-publish using Amazon. Seeing a problem with the protagonist’s special abilities, I privately emailed the author to address my concerns. The author was grateful and embraced my feedback.  But should critique pointing out a flawed character or story come from our writing community?

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For me, I’ll have to say yes! My community knows me and should be able to tactfully bring to my attention any story flaws that need attention. I constantly ask myself how can I grow as a writer if I can’t accept critique from fellow writers? This is a question everyone should ask themselves. The goal should be to help the writer improve their story and writing style. I believe we do this well, so I am proud to be among so many writers of all levels.

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Sometimes I ask family or friends to read my current WIP. This doesn’t work as well for me because it suddenly became hard to get an honest assessment of WIP. I started to feel like a child getting praise for the effort, nothing deeper than that.

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So my question to you readers is, who do you use for critiquing WIP? I’ll be looking into some online services in the next few weeks. If I find a service that’s useful, I’ll write something about it.

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  One thought on “Who Should Critique Your WIP?

  1. Meg
    October 12, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I think critique from our contemporaries can be extremely useful. Your approach was exactly the way to go. Unfortunately the writer asking for feedback can get overwhelmed with responses, mostly well-intentioned but sometimes not! I use a team of five beta readers (not family members) to critique an early draft. They will point out murky plot points and other clunky sections of narrative. After I make changes based on their suggestions, I used a professional editor for the final draft. I’ll be interested to hear what you find out about these online services!

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    • October 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Yes! An author I like, Brandon Sanderson uses several beta readers for the first draft. The second draft he uses different beta readers. Then trusted friends/writers for the third round. Trusted readers will keep you from getting overwhelmed. Thanks for the comment Meg.

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      • Meg
        October 12, 2018 at 9:35 am

        My pleasure!

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  2. October 12, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I agree with you about asking friends and family. I know they care and want to lift me up but more honesty is what I wish for. I have a few writer friends I turn to. I recently started posting chapters of my work-in-progress on Chapterbuzz, I haven’t gotten a lot of feedback from the other writers there but one regularly reads and comments. One writer helping is better than no help at all. 😁

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    • October 12, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Yes it’s tough getting honest feedback from family. They are better at coaching to finish WIP. Never heard of ChapterBuzz. I’ll take a look. Thanks for the comment.

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