Human beings come in a wide range of types. Writers do too. And, since every writer is an individual with his or her own set of needs and tolerances, the kind of criticism each of us needs also differs.
Your mileage may (and does) vary.
So, if you want to give truly constructive criticism, one of the best things you can do is to know your writer.
Some will want every single detail of problems, because it gives them a checklist to fine tune chapter two. Others will find that overwhelming, and evidence that their writing will never be an good, and will retire to a monastery somewhere deep in the Himalayas.
If you’re lucky, you have a working knowledge of the writer and how much feedback will help rather than overwhelm. If you’re very lucky, the writer has given you guideline on what he’s looking for (proofread for grammar and spelling/ does the plot flow smoothly?/ are the characters believable?, and so forth) so you can help her where he wants help.
If neither of these things are the case, you’re probably gonna want to ease into it. Don’t pick at every possible flaw. Decide what are the most serious problem(s) and go there first. You can always add more if your writer shows he can handle it
Give the writer as much criticism as he can handle and no more so, and let him build on that. As you give feedback, also receive feedback, from writer comments, facial expressions ad body language on how much is enough and how much is too much.
Know your writer and give his criticism at the level that he can handle. That’s constructive.
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