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Darkkin
December 24th, 2017, 07:25 PM
Andrewclunn found the first one on receiving critique...The follow up showed up in my media feed today....



https://youtu.be/H_V7q8XhuBk

LeeC
January 5th, 2018, 07:51 AM
A good anti-lesson Darkkin :-) I benefit most from forthright critique of material offered up, and from exemplifying points to help me understand better. A telling attitude of decreeing by self proclaimed exerts though, brings to mind:

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." -- Albert Einstein

In other words they're diminishing themselves in other's eyes, at least other's eyes that aren't cowed.

I think good critiquing boils down to tolerance, respectfulness, and genuinely trying to help. Not to mention such helps to pave many of life's paths. ;-)

Thank you for posting the video.

ArianSpirit
January 13th, 2018, 12:49 AM
Just my two cents. I've been on forums that would rip you to pieces, tear you down and make you just want to feel useless as a poet or writer of any form, of course that has been years ago. I feel that you should strive to find the good and offer constructive criticism in an effort to keep the passion within the writer and to help guide their thinking of better concepts, different perspectives as well as respect their work as it is their work (emotion more than likely) driving their works.

Firemajic
January 16th, 2018, 02:19 AM
Just my two cents. I've been on forums that would rip you to pieces, tear you down and make you just want to feel useless as a poet or writer of any form, of course that has been years ago. I feel that you should strive to find the good and offer constructive criticism in an effort to keep the passion within the writer and to help guide their thinking of better concepts, different perspectives as well as respect their work as it is their work (emotion more than likely) driving their works.


I hope your experience here is a good one... I had some wonderful mentors when I became a new member.. They were patient, respectful and honest, but above all, they INSPIRED me... that is what I want for you ;)

Pelwrath
January 16th, 2018, 05:10 PM
There are some really great people willing to mentor here. I’ve been very fortunate to have several.

jenthepen
August 11th, 2018, 08:38 PM
Thanks, Diamond, that's really good to hear. :) Welcome to you and I look forward to seeing you around the forums. What sort of things do you write?

jen

TL Murphy
August 13th, 2018, 07:14 PM
It’s good to keep reminding ourselves of what criticism is really about. Critique through the internet and face to face critique can be very different and it’s important to understand why. A critic might imagine that the author is sitting right in front of him. It’s also important for the one receiving critique to remember that it’s all opinion, no matter how informed, it’s still opinion. I should point out that I am not very good at giving the good news first. I tend to zero in on the problems and I think for some, this is hard and they can get their feelings hurt or egos bruised or worse. But I also want to point out that on a forum like this where there is so much content to review, I pick the stuff that seems to me to have the most potential. So when I offer a critique, I have already found something in the poem that I like or at least feel is strong. I also get weary of repeating myself. So, I tend now to skip over poems where I see fundamental problems that I have discussed ad nauseum. I am hoping others will step in and point out the basics. Perhaps that is not best for the poet, but on the other hand, if we critics keep harping on the same principles then writers will stop reading our critiques because they think they already know what we will say.