So today—while I should have been writing—much like now, I was nosing around on my preferred crit site (Which is wonderful by the way) and I saw something that really irked me.
Now I am not a sensitive person, not in my personal life, and most definitely not in my professional. (My husband might disagree, but that’s just hearsay, so moving on.) When I place a piece up for review I expect—no scratch that I want my fellow aspiring authors to chew it up and spit it out.
However, while wandering around today I saw someone who gave a fellow critter a piece of advice. Without saying too much or offending anyone, it was rude, the person told them that they couldn’t finish because there was too much that needed to be done. Okay, that’s okay, but don’t commit to critting anothers work unless you can FINISH. It is a waste of both your time, but that isn’t the worst part! They followed up by telling the person to go back to school.
Now I honestly believe that the person wasn’t trying to be rude, but, seriously? I received one crit where the person stopped after a few paragraphs and said that they just couldn’t bear to read on, there was no flow. It was annoying because—well what was the point of taking up his time, and mine to read the useless non-information.
Tell me why there was no flow; tell me what was breaking it up, what was so bothersome? Doing so is what we are there for, right? Now I took that crit with a grain of salt because it seemed that my YA story wasn’t up his alley in the first place. Six out of the eight crits I received chewed the story up and spit it out, with constructive feedback, and helpful ideas, they pointed out confusing and weak spots, but over-all flow wasn’t a complaint anyone else had.
So, what I am saying is, if you’re getting into a crit and find that you’re too bored, or not feeling dedicated enough to finish, please, for the sake of everyone, don’t go on, cancel and move on. As writers we ask for crits to learn, improve, and to strengthen plots. I follow that rule of thumb when critting. Do I crit a little less, yes, but I feel good about the fact that the ones I do are useful.
Happy writing all! J