What Might a Peer Critique Look Like?

Fiction by Rachael Ritchey

I’ve said before that critique partners–or more specifically, beta readers–are a must have for writers today. When we finish writing something, editing and revising several times, we begin to lose our objectivity with each pass. We can’t always see the mistakes we’ve made, and we can easily miss weak points because the story is far more developed in our mind than it often is on paper.

Critique partners and beta readers can help fix these issues, if we are willing to listen. Some things they share are helpful and some are not necessary, but it can all help you make sure your writing is telling the story you wanted.

If you’ve always been afraid to have someone else critique your work, you are in for a, well, a treat, I guess. In order to help show what a critique partner can do for you, a very good writing friend…

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2 thoughts on “What Might a Peer Critique Look Like?

  1. Hey there, Jaye and Anita,

    Go ahead and send me two passages, one for each of you, 2k or less each, for critique. Try to complete a narrative arc if possible, but don’t fuss too much if they don’t. Go ahead and finish the paragraph rather than cutting off mid-sentence to fit the cap. You can send it to https://cathleentownsend.com/about/contact-cathleen-townsend/, and it will go straight to my email. (I’m fine with giving you my address later; I just don’t like posting it openly on the internet.)

    I prefer Word docs, but if that is difficult for you, I can work straight from an email. 🙂

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