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: Critique, Technique, and Procedure

Part 2: Series Overview


Reader Response

Part 3: How Do You Feel?

Part 4: Authorial Intentions and Tracking Your Own Responses Updated!


Beginnings and Endings

Part 5: Weak or Missing Hook Updated!

Part 6: The Wrong Beginning Updated!

Part 7: Scene and Chapter Endings Updated!

Part 8: Story Endings Updated!



Part 9: Characters and Conflict Updated!

Part 10: Poor Characterization Updated!

Part 11: Lack of Character Development Updated!

Part 12: Showing and Telling in Character Development Updated!

Part 13: Timing the Reveal Updated!

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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