• Critique Technique
  • Critique Technique Table of Contents

    Here’s a Table of Contents of all of the Critique Technique posts to make it easier to go directly to the post you want to read.

    Introductory Posts

    Part 1 of Many

    Part 4: Series Preview


    Reader Response

    Part 2: How Do You Feel?

    Part 3: Authorial Intentions and Tracking Your Own Responses


    Beginnings and Endings

    Part 5: Weak or Missing Hook

    Part 6: The Wrong Beginning

    Part 7: Scene and Chapter Endings

    Part 7b: More on Scene and Chapter Endings

    Part 8: Story Endings



    Part 9: Characters and Conflict

    Part 10: Poor Characterization

    Part 11: Lack of Character Development

    Part 12: Showing and Telling in Character Development

    Part 13: Timing the Reveal

    Part 14: Out-of-Character Behavior

    Part 15: Unclear Character Goals

    Part 16: Unclear or Insufficient Obstacles

    Part 17: Dialect, Foreign Languages, and Jargon



    Part 18: Lost In Space

    Part 19: Vague Setting

    Part 20: Too Much Setting Detail



    Part 21: Unclear Plot

    Part 22: Overly Complex Plot

    Part 23: Confused Storyline


    Flashbacks, Flash-Forwards, and Backstory

    Part 24: Unclear Transitions

    Part 25: Misused Story or Flashback

    Part 26: Tangents


    Narrative and Dialogue

    Part 23.5: Read-Out-Loud Tools

    Part 27: Narrative and Dialog

    Part 28: Awkward Dialog

    Part 29: Writers’ Tics

    Part 30: Too Many Words, or Too Few

    Part 31: The Wrong Words

    Part 32: %*@!$#^!!!! (Swearing)

    Part 33: Contradictions

    Part 34: Imbalance Between Narrative and Dialog

    Part 36: Name-Calling

    Part 37: As You Know, Bob



    Part 38: The Pieces of Pace

    Part 39: Pace: Speed It Up, Whoa It Up, or Change It Up



    Part 40: The Gray Haze

    Part 41: What Was That Again?

    Part 42: The Dreaded Expository Lump

    Part 43: Too Many Notes

    Part 44: Telling, Not Showing


    General Story-Telling Problems

    Part 45: Pop Goes the Reader!

    Part 46: No Story Arc

    Part 47: Padding

    Part 48: Danglers

    Part 49: Stating the Obvious

    Part 50: Head-Hopping

    Part 51: Point of View Shifts


    Mechanical Errors

    Part 52: Spelling

    Part 53: Punctuation

    Part 54: Grammar Errors

    Part 55: Manuscript Format


    Positive Reinforcement

    Part 56: Good Job!

    Part 57: Great Start!

    Part 58: Magic Middles

    Part 59: Ending a Scene or Chapter Well:


    Other Topics

    Part 35: The Critiquer’s Mind

    Part 60: The End

    Bonus Material: Life on the Other Side of the Critique



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