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June 2011

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Do You Provide a Useful Critique?

June 9, 2011
Blades of grass in a field

Being a writer requires a thick skin.

I have heard this phrase repeated time and time again, but I didn’t fully understand it until I started showing my writing to others. It took me several months to build enough confidence to share a short story with a few friends and family members, and another month to work myself up to sharing my work with other writers (mainly creative writing classmates). Since sharing my work, I have received varying degrees of feedback. I’ve heard everything from gushing praise to hard-to-handle criticism. Despite the ups and downs, the process of being critiqued (and giving critiques) has given me a much better understanding of what makes a useful critique.

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