Remember my post on Mixed-Up Files a while back? Of the biggest writing mistakes, I primarily focused on taking a crit and applying it successfully.
As I've had lots of different critiques on my manuscript,I've come to learn one thing: There are as many varied critters as there are writers.
But what if you have a crit partner that isn't good? They seem to be stuck on one type of crit and one type of crit only.
In good fun, I've highlighted my favorites. (Warning: if you have absolutely no sense of humor, please do not read any further)
THE GRAMMAR QUEEN: this person is insistent on following every single grammar rule even if it means you loose your writing voice. run on sentences and fragments will cause convulsions of the writing kind.
THE KISS UP: this person (usually a friend or family member) finds absolutely nothing wrong with your manuscript. not one single flaw! they believe your writing is perfect and that any attempt at revision is a complete waste of your time just further delaying the inevitable publication of your masterpiece.
THE REWRITER: this crit partner rewrites every. single. sentence. even when nothing was wrong with the original sentence. ex - In the morning Mary puts on her blue dress and black shoes. their suggestion: Mary puts on her blue dress and black shoes, in the morning.
THE ECHO MASTER: kind of like a jedi master, with the magical, cosmic help of "the echo" they point out every instance that there is a repeat word. even when the repeat was purposeful. even when the repeat was purposeful.
THE STYLE SNOB: they only like one style of writing - their own. yours sucks. unless of course, you change your style of writing to be more like theirs. then it is wonderful.
THE OPINIONATOR: they are the only ones with an opinion that counts. they will give you advice even when you don't want it. they insist that their suggestions are the only ones that matter and you can forget about all the other crit partners, because really, they have no idea of what they're talking about.
THE KNOW-IT-ALL: this crit partner has been there, done that and did i mention they did it better than you, the first time they tried? they wonder what on earth you find so difficult about writing and wish that you'd just do a little research before bothering them with your amatuerish manuscript again.
Now it's time to laugh at yourself - which crit partner are you?
Confession - I know I've been guilty of each of these at some point...