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Questions tagged [criticism]

Questions dealing with writing criticism, and with receiving criticism from others. Please do not use this tag for critique questions.

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Am I using too much exposition here? [closed]

Lillia usually arrived to school on her own. The other girls from her hometown got a later train more often than not. She purposefully arrived early to be able to complete homework she had ...
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Are “non-readers” useful beta readers?

In my opinion, the best beta readers are fellow writers, partly because they may have insight others don't, but partly also because you can agree to trade beta-reading responsibilities. (This is far ...
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Where to go to get my story critiqued?

I have recently completed a short story work of mine. I have published it on Wattpad, and I've sent the Google Docs link of it to several friends. I am kind of new to writing in general, and Wattpad ...
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How to get past the cringe factor of reviewing my earliest writing attempts?

I’m currently working on a novel that I’m remodelling from an old fanfiction novel I wrote around 6 years ago. That was the first thing I’ve ever fully planned, written, edited, and completed. I’ve ...
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How do I judge the quality of a translation?

I'm advising a translation project, translating some short stories from a foreign language to English. What I'm advising about isn't the translations themselves -- but seeing the translated stories, I'...
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Is there a YouTube for writers? Basically a way to share manuscripts on social media

The title explains it. I'm looking for a place to post my writing and easily share it onto Facebook or Twitter. I know there are A LOT of websites, but it seems like there are too many. I'm looking ...
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Interactive feedback - is it a good idea?

I am writing an adventure story, adding one chapter weekly. This is the third story posted on that specific site, and I have followers, some of which post comments after each update. I was very proud ...
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Has self-publishing killed the critique group?

I belonged to an excellent critique group for many years. More than one member of that group went on to commercial publication of the works that they refined in that group. But since we moved a couple ...
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What things should one highlight as good in beta reading feedback?

When I read people's manuscripts to provide feedback, I can easily identify areas worth improving. However, feedback isn't all that helpful if it makes the writer give up, so good news needs to be ...
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Is my book interesting and my writing eloquent enough? [closed]

I'm young and this is my first attempt at a book. Comment here or on the document itself, it doesn't matter to me. https://docs.google.com/document/d/16MXV41o324ZYMPjvRQqjQ5XsuK_0IT7qJypJFf-8_8A/edit?...
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Approaches to finding critique group for creative nonfiction

How does one go about finding and joining a critique group for nonfiction? I'm writing two different non-fiction books: A collection of pieces written by a relative, collected and edited by me. ...
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How do I find somebody to review my CV?

I've written a CV, and I want to get feedback on it. I want to know I haven't made any mistakes, and that it's as good as I can make it. But I don't know where to find such a service; what to expect ...
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I want some critique on my writing [closed]

Laying in a pool of vomit at one o clock on a tuesday morning in the room of a lousy hotel room was not a situation peter ever thought hed find himself in. But as fate would have it he lay there ...
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what are some specific criteria for evaluating a piece of fiction that can be used repeatedly?

Can you provide list of specific items you use to evaluate whether or not a piece of fiction is good or bad? For example, if you really had to explain why a piece of fiction were terrible what ...
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Websites for free feedback on stories?

Are there any websites or anything similar where we can get feedback from online readers (without paying for a membership or anything of the sort) for stories and other writings that are not quite ...
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What does it mean when someone says “it doesn't sound very natural”?

I hear this pretty often when I say/write something, be it in text messages or emails or on any social media/forums. What does this mean actually? I am thankfully able to convey my thoughts but I do ...
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Difference between Analytical Writing and Critical Writing

I have been spending time online since yesterday trying to understand the difference between analytical summary writing and critical writing. I intend to write an analytical summary essay on the ...
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How can I learn to think and interpret things more critically?

As a freelance journalist, I spend a lot of time reading the media. Often I'll come across an article that I admire, and feel is leaps and bounds above my own work. Naturally, I want to learn from ...
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Quoting lyrics in a book of film criticism

I'm writing a book of film criticism, in which I refer to lyrics from the soundtrack as a way to empathise the narrative. Am I required to obtain permission for use of these lyrics? Or, because this ...
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How does one avoid imposing one's own voice and preferences in critiques?

When critiquing another's writing I find myself making suggestions that are clearly biased toward how I would write the work. This effect seems particularly prevent for poetry, where suggestions are ...
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On offering feedback to stories/novels/poetry

Very often, I happen to have to offer my feedback on friends' short stories or novels or poetry. However, I find it very difficult to give a throughout feedback on this kind of writing which is not "...
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Literary criticism handbook

Can you point out some reference books on literary criticism – from a theoretical as well as practical point of view – to hone and systematize my skills, acquired through first-hand reading of lots of ...
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Is there an online critique community for stories written in german?

I am writing fiction in german. I am looking for a place to share my work, where I can get constructive criticism. The site should provide some mechanism that encouraged constructive feedback and ...
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How do I evaluate an unwritten plot/story?

I'm working on a full, detailed outline of my planned book series before I have much of it written down. I'm not a pantser, I must have a clear idea where I'm going before I can get far. In the ...
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Does a character have to define himself to be engaging?

I have a short story named Cured (which asks the question "What if you could take a pill to increase your empathy?"), in which the main character (Tony) doesn't talk or show much about himself until ...
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Combatting Excessive Familiarity Of Writing

Since writing my last question, I've been able to write a handful more items and have tried to nail down some more specific items I can ask about improving my writing. This issue became readily ...
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Is it more advantageous to have an excerpt or a plot summary critiqued?

I'm considering opening up my current work in progress to critique. In the past I haven't had very much luck with the local writer's group, but I'm willing to try again. Maybe not with them, but ...
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How to get feedback about the quality of one's fictional writing from friends unbiased by the friendship?

It is a little strange to ask, but are there ways to get feedback from friends about the quality of fictional writing (whether they liked it, not more objective aspects like spelling/grammar/etc.) ...
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Does this convey that I recommend the anthology I'm reviewing?

Here's a snipped-up version of a review of an anthology I wrote a while back (full original review here). Most of the stories were pretty good, a few were superb, and there were a few poor ones. For ...
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Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws

When reviewing fiction, there's a certain quality that's very important to me, which I can best describe as being "solid." By which I mean: the story is well thought-out, well constructed; it flows ...
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How do critics review an author's first and second and maybe third novel differently?

Do critics review first, second, and third novels differently? And if so, how? What do critics think is the significance of the birth order of novels?
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What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?

Seeing this site and reading some of my ridiculous stories that I wrote a while ago makes me want to start writing again. I know I'll be more enthusiastic if I have people reading my work and ...
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How to deal with self-criticism?

I write non-fiction articles for my website and a weekly paid newsletter, and I’m doing that for some time now. However, I still struggle a lot with self-criticism, and find it hard to regard an ...
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Something different: Help me find the unnecessary words.

I had a professor, once upon a time, a guy named Jim Guetti. He was possibly the best writing coach I've ever had. You took his classes for the privilege of submitting works for him to gut with a red ...
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Is there a resource where I could find myself a checker and critic, or check somebodies else text to exercise?

I need a checker and some kind of beta-test editor and critic. Is there a resource out in the web, where I can find myself one?