Friday, January 13, 2012

What Kind of Critique Partner Are You?


The Meticulous Line-Item Editor?


The Big Picture Brainstormer?



The Pacer?



The Voice Coach?


The Negative Nelly?


The Bookaholic?
(You don't write yourself, or know much about the technical part of writing, but you're an avid reader with a general sense of what is good and bad).


Personally, I've had all different kinds of critique partners. Let's just say I have a few notches on my CP Bedpost! Right now, I've got some especially awesome CP's rollin' around in the bed sheets with me! Wait, too much? Sorry.

But as for me...I would call myself a Big Picture Brainstormer. I wouldn't say my strength is in grammar or coaching voice. Not. At. All. In fact I hardly ever draft the correct version of contractions, i.e. wont, dont, your, their. I know, not awesome for an attorney who drafts very important legal documents (spell check is my best friend). No, I like to hit the major plot elements. I like to strategize and strengthen the ideas.

So what kind of CP are you?

25 comments:

  1. I'd say I concentrate on voice and pace. Don't ask me to fix your grammar. I need help there myself. LOL

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  2. I think I'm a Big Picture kinda girl as well. Grammar and I do not get along :)

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  3. I do a little grammar, and pacing to me, is HUGE. If it's not working, I usually notice. ;) I'm not a negative Nelly though. I don't like those. :(

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  4. I would call mysef an 'honestinteresting and realistic' critiquer. But I know at least 1 if not 2 of may partners would say I a Negative Nelly :)

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  5. I think I'm like you. I'm a big picture and I love helping people figure stuff out. I'm also seem to be good at understanding the characters and helping point out inconsistencies.

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  6. Hmm... I think you'll have to ask my critique partners for me, lol. I'm pretty sure I'm a line by line because I check grammar like crazy, but I'm always making sure the voice is on and the pacing doesn't make me wanna fall asleep, and I look at the overall picture as well.

    So I guess you could say I can't make up my mind on this, lol. :)

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  7. I'm the big picture one. I totally focus on where the story is going :)

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  8. I don't know what I am! lol. I'm not the best at grammar, but I can do a little. I suck at active voice, but luckily one of my CP's is great at that. I go for pacing, plot line and description. "Do I have any visual?"

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  9. It depends on what they are looking for. If I see errors, I'll point them out, correct them or mention them to the side. If something doesn't make sense to me, I'll note that. I am not a copy editor type of partner, that's for sure. I try to point out the deficiencies in content more than anything else.

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  10. i tend to vary depending on the writing. If it's full of typos and grammar issues, I'll start there. If the story is confusing, I'll ask questions and point out where i got lost. Often I'll try to tell the writer where I think the story's going so they can see if it's where they expected (once you know hte story it can be hard seeing it the way a reader would).

    I know a lot of people are hoping to be told how good it is, which is fine, but fixing what doesn't work is a much better way to feel good about what's on the page, I think.

    mood
    Moody Writing
    @mooderino
    The Funnily Enough

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  11. Hahaha! This is hilarious! Hmmm.... What kind am I.... Um, the kind that a) takes forever and b) doesn't quite know when to stop, so therefore touches on a little of everything and c) forgets to read the last chapter. Yep. That's me.

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  12. I'm a big picture person. I also presently have an awesome CP, and I've had some doosies!

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  13. Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think I'm a big picture girl. Unless something is short, like a magazine article, and then I'm a line-edit girl.

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  14. Not grammar. I try to focus on what the writer needs. If they're still trying to figure out the big picture that's what I go for. If they're looking for all the little nits then I try to do that.

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  15. I'm fairly meticulous, but I wouldn't quote me on any grammatical changes...

    I definitely concentrate on character motivation and more big picture stuff too.

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  16. I am definitely a bookaholic. The picture even looks like me in my bed with my cookies!!

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  17. I'm like you and I think it's because I edit for a living as part of my admissions coaching so it's horrifically boring to have to do it in my personal life too.

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  18. Great post! Made me chuckle. I think I'm big picture ~

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  19. i dont know yet. i get my first shot next month. i will look at whatever she wants help with plus anything i notice could use help =)
    how does that sound?

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  20. I am a line by line editor. They call me The Destructicon!

    This is from nearly 15 years freelance editing other people's work and also teaching creative writing.

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  22. I think I'm a cross between big picture and cheerleader. I think a big part of cp'ing is motivating people and encouraging them. Sure, I always offer my suggestions, but I try to sandwich negatives between positive thoughts on the ms.

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  23. I think I'm a bit of eveything. I even end up critiquing my crit to make sure it's good enough to send. :o|

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