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Critique Technique, Part 2: Series Overview

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty details of what to critique and how to do it, I want to give you a high-level overview of what the rest of this series is going to cover. We’ll look at twelve broad categories:

  • Reader response
  • Beginnings and endings
  • Characters and characterization
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Flashbacks, flash-forwards, and backstory
  • Narrative and dialogue
  • Pace
  • Description
  • General story-telling problems
  • Mechanical errors
  • Positive reinforcement, and
  • Other topics

Whew, that’s a lot! “But wait, there’s more!” Much, much more, as you’ll see in a minute.

Positive reinforcement gets its own section because writers need positive strokes, to hea...

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