Category Archives: Critiques

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My daughter sang a solo in the school talent show this year. I was surprised, because lately, she doesn’t want to sing for us at all. Gone are the days of her belting out “Let it Go” for anyone who … Continue reading

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Critiquing for Maximum Benefit and Minimum Hurt Feelings–part 7 of 7, TUNING THE MECHANICS

First of all, congratulations to each and every writer out there who has stuck with Ye Olde Subb It Clubbe’s series on how to critique. May your dedication be rewarded with a hefty contract. Today we discuss correcting the grammar … Continue reading

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Critiquing for Maximum Benefit and Minimum Hurt Feelings–part 6 of 7, START AT THE BEGINNING AND QUIT AT THE END

I know. Your first reaction to the title of this blog post is: Let me explain.The middle of a story is important—after all, that’s where everything happens. But the beginning and ending are even more critical. If the “bookends” of … Continue reading

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Critiquing for Maximum Benefit and Minimum Hurt Feelings–part 5 of 7, PLOTTING AND PLANNING

Oh, we’re comin’ around the bend, race fans. Today’s installment of our series on critiquing considers the actual story. Here’s your handy-dandy… PLOT CHECKLIST Problem–Can you define, clearly, what it is? When you read a manuscript, ask “What does the … Continue reading

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Critiquing for Maximum Benefit and Minimum Hurt Feelings–part 4 of 7, WHAT A CHARACTER

*phew* After a month of special guests and interviews and contests and frivolity, it’s time to get back to what we’re really here to encourage: Today, let’s consider how to help your critique partner write realistic, unforgettable characters. CHARACTER CHECKLIST … Continue reading

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Critiquing for Maximum Benefit and Minimum Hurt Feelings–part 3 of 7, BONES, BONES WE DIG FOR BONES

Okay. By now you’ve taken advantage of the Sub It Club Critique Partner Matchup. So it’s time to continue our journey toward Critiquing Greatness by looking at another important feature of a manuscript: the bones, or structure. STRUCTURE CHECKLIST Does … Continue reading

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Critiquing for Maximum Benefit and Minimum Hurt Feelings–part 2 of 7, MOVING THINGS ALONG

Okay, mes petites shoes. (<—Hilarious two-language pun. Dana can vouch for that.) The holidays are definitely over–all twelve days of Christmas, all eight days of Hanukkah, all seven days of Kwanzaa and all three days of Lisha’s Post-Family Reunion Recovery. … Continue reading

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