Welcome to the second round of the Critically Constructive Feedback Project. Created last year by zarah5, this is a place where instead of writing a story before a set deadline, you'll be asked to write a critically constructive review about somebody else's story. Participants can be writers and readers, or simply readers. You can go take a look at last year's project, if you want to know more about what can come out of this: ccfp.
To know more about rules and signing up, go here. The dates are as follow:
Signing up starts on September 29, and closes on October 15. Assignements will go out between the October 18 and October 20. Posting of reviews will be between Sunday the 14th of November and Sunday the 21st of November.
Any questions, requests, enquiries... e-mail the mod at ccfp.II@gmail.com
What, exactly, do you mean by constructive criticism?
Basically, you try to give advice on what to improve – plot, rhythm, wording, imagery, characterization, dialogue, handling of a sex scene, and so on and so forth. All these things and many more can be open to your suggestions; there’s no real limit on what you can or can’t target in your review. But. If something is personal preference rather than a more or less commonly accepted rule for writing, then try to phrase it as such, say „I think“ rather than „that’s the way it is.“ Also, if you review a story that was written under a time limit or in response to a challenge, then that’s naturally something you have to take into consideration – you can’t expect an author to come up with a fabulous plot and multi-layered characters in forty-five minutes.
Another thing about constructive criticism is that it’s not all about telling an author what doesn’t work. I speak from experience when I say that sometimes, it’s just as helpful to be told what things work, so in your review, maybe try to talk not only about the weaknesses, but also about the strengths of the story in question. You can quote both lines that you particularly liked and lines that you thought didn’t work at all, maybe even compare the two and say what made you adore the first and stumble over the other.
Although the feedback will be made public, I recommend addressing the author personally. If someone critisizes me and starts with “Dear Jem,” I’m a lot more willing to listen than if they refer to me as “that author.”
In the end, there’s no foolproof way to do this; you have to find out for yourself what kind of review you’re comfortable giving. Just remember that this project is about honesty, about honest criticism as well as honest praise. It’s not about cheerleading.
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