On Constructive Criticism

Lately been seeing a lot of talk in writing groups online about various kinds of feedback on their writing.

Beta reading. Comments. Editorial feedback. Reviews.

And one of the things that I’m noticing is that people seem to take their beliefs about feedback to extremes. Some people seem to feel that, if you tell them anything besides “You’re wonderful!!!” that you’re mean and nasty and lying to them. Some seem to think that positive feedback must somehow be dishonest- that people will just lie to you because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Some people take pride in wanting their criticism “in my face! the harder the better, because it’s the only way I can tell if you’re being honest is if you rip my guts out!!!


The problem is that all of these people seem to be missing the point. The point is that neither excessive politeness nor massive brutality actually gives you what you need to evaluate your writing and to improve as a writer.

Creative partners working on computer at their deskThere is a middle setting though. It’s called constructive criticism.

Constructive criticism is a skill and not everyone has it. It has to be learned, and not everyone can or wants to learn it.

We’re gonna try here, though. For folks who’d like to learn how to give criticism in a constructive manner, I’ll be writing a series of posts that will hopefully get you up and running in giving other writers feedback that can actually help them.

Here’s hoping you find something here that’s of use to you.

Catch you next time

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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