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?
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.
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.
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.