Books are the quietest, most constant of frien...

Books are the quietest, most constant of friends. accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers (Photo credit: Cameraman Phil)


According to one dictionary, Critique (n) An essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play).


Nowhere does it say, be derogatory, be nasty, insulting, or just say, it’s nice.


A critique should be:


Constructive – as a reader, reading the book, what stands out as something that seemed to make the book less enjoyable than others you’ve read:


Were characters fully flesh and blood character you had empathy for?


Was the dialogue artificial or did it seem real?


What seemed right or off about the setting, if the author mentions a town, someone might live or has lived there and knows the area well.


Do the characters interact with one another in a normal manner for the time-period of the book, Mediaeval, Victorian, Gay 90s, or Gothic? Countries were also different in different times.


Anything that makes the reader halt, quandary, or stumble over something in a book, that is a point for a constructive criticism and noted in a critique.


A critique is unlike a review in many ways. Writing a critique is not easy to write.


Critiques can be a spectacular tool for authors.


The sandwich method critique, begin with something affirmative, followed by what the reader deems wrong, followed by something affirmative.


Authors need to park their ego at the door and listen to honest critiques because if may help them improve.




Robert Medak


Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing


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