The art of critique 🤔🤗🤨😫🧐😕😖🤪😀😍

12 07 2018

Back in the day when I did a bit of training in research, we were taught that discussion groups work best in groups of eight to twelve. Less and you can’t get a good discussion going, it can be awkward, or it’s easily skewed by the potentally odd opinion of one. More, and some don’t get a chance to speak, the introverts probably won’t join in; people can split into packs. There may only be time to express one thought each and so rich discussion is lost, people create submeetings to counteract the increasing volume as individuals struggle to be heard.

In a writers’ critique group, the group dynamic is vital. Writers have scribbled away in their cave to produce this work, don’t know if it’s any good (think it probably isn’t) and have emerged, blinking, in the sunlight of critique. Yikes!

So along with that magic group size of eight-to-twelve, it’s important to be kind and offer critique supportively, especially to those newly emerged writing cubs with rough-hewn work. We want them to grow into strong writing bears, right? (And if we want decent critique of our own work, we need to get it right for everyone.)

But what does this look like? Read the rest of this entry »