The other day I wrote about love-hate critiques and how I struggled through them.
Well, there’s something else that’s been brought to my attention. Or more precisely, something that I was already suspicious about but had confirmed by someone else on another blog.
"One thing I will say I've noticed a bit on the public critique boards is a bit of bandwagon jumping... or at least I've caught myself doing it.
I'll read a post, have an initial overall reaction, read others' responses and then think - 'oh YEAH, I did notice Thingymabob' ... when maybe I hadn't really, truly noticed it. So what do I write about? Thingymabob.
Of course this doesn't apply to betaing or 1-on-1 manuscript crits, just ones on the public forum."
I’ve noticed I get the most honest critiques with the most varied and useful pointers when it is done behind closed doors. A good place to have this done is on a forum called YouWriteOn.