Critique & Grace (03/23/11)
The “Golden Rule” of writing workshops says that the author cannot talk during a critique so that they might be less inclined to defend their work and blame the reader for their own writing’s shortcomings. Because it doesn’t matter what your intentions were–the only thing readers have when they read your piece are the words, not your disclaimers and explanations. Instead, asking questions is perhaps the best way of ‘responding’ to the critique. ‘What could I have done differently?’ or ‘How do I need to fix the dialogue/plot/pacing/etc?’” is much more constructive than countering with, ‘Well, she was supposed to be xyz…'” (Read More)
About the author Katrina Ostrander
Katrina Ostrander is a twenty-something gamer chick, game master, and fiction editor working at Fantasy Flight Games. Her previous credits include work as a game developer on the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion roleplaying game lines. When she's not gaming (or working, which is practically same thing), she enjoys reading, writing, singing karaoke and trying craft beers.