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  1. Jackie K
    July 25, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    Excellent blog posts, Rachel. I look forward to Part Three!

    I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that critiques are a learning process for both the author and the critiquer. Young writers especially should learn something new about their writing every day, and critiquing someone else’s story provides an excellent window of insight onto your own work. To some extent critiquing requires self-reflection on your process and your tastes, and your suggestions are a product of this self-reflection. To me, this is why there is no one “right” way to critique a story. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should throw away articles called “How To Critique A Story”. Many need guidance on digging in, pulling apart the seams of a story and laying out the unusual bits and anomalies nicely on paper. At least, that is what I like to see on my critiques.

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