TIPS FOR THE CRITIQUER
DO offer positive as well as constructive comments. What is/is not working for you?
DON’T EVER criticize the author’s idea. The critiquer’s roll is to comment on the writing.
DON’T nit-pick every single detail unless requested by the author. There’s no need to reiterate what others in the group have said except to agree or disagree.
DO offer a differing opinion if you have one, even if you are the only dissenting voice. This is often the most valuable of all comments.
DON’T try to re-write the author’s story. It is just as important to ask pertinent questions or point to problem areas as it is to offer solutions.
DO sign and date your written comments. This gives the author an opportunity to ask for clarification at a later date.
DO listen and learn from other critiquers’ responses. Many insights can apply to your own work as well.
DO remember that this is someone else’s “baby.” Treat manuscripts and egos as tenderly as you would have your fellow critiquers treat yours.
DO honor the spirit of trust among writers. A critique group is no place for “borrowing” someone else’s work.