November Toolbox – Critique

Spec Fic Chic

So, what does critique mean, especially when it is associated with writers who form a critique group?

What we came up with was the following:

Critique is the umbrella that encompasses an overall review of a piece of writing. The review needs to focus on the big picture issues first.  After looking at the issues of beginning, middle and end, the big picture issues are the arcs – plot arc and its association with the conflict arc; character arc and its association with the plot and conflict arcs. How do these arcs develop? Do things change – is this change clearly shown – during the process of interaction/movement? Is the character arc consistent with the personality of the character? Do they all work together as a whole? Is the POV main character the right one to show this story?

Then come the middle picture issues: scenes and chapters. What’s happening here…

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