Have you ever submitted your work to a detailed critique or edit?
If not, why not?
I believe that getting detailed, line-by-line feedback, whether from other writers or from paid professionals, is a vital part of the writing process. A necessary step along the way to polishing work for publication, and for self-improvement as a writer.
But, it can be a brutal and dispiriting process.
Next week, I'm giving a talk at my local library on how to receive and handle critiques.
I've based the talk around a series of blog posts I wrote last year.
The aim of the posts was to give tips on how to handle the pain of critiques and become objective and receptive to things you may not want to hear, how to look for points worth taking note of, pitfalls to avoid, and exercising judgment. As well as fleshing these themes out more thoroughly, I've book-ended them with the need to get onto the critiquing road, and some practical pointers on working with online critique groups.
Now I've expanded my notes into a ninety-minute talk, and I wonder if they could be developed further into a short e-book. If I did something like that, the aim would be to make it a freebie.
Do you think there would be interest in such a book? And how do you handle blunt critiques?