Thursday, September 22, 2016

Talkin' Heads: Critique Guidelines

For this critique round, we are focusing on DIALOGUE.  Namely:

  • Does it sound natural?  Do people really talk this way?
  • Is there a good balance among dialogue, tags, and beats?
  • Is the pacing good?
  • Does the excerpt feel like it's propelling the story forward, or does it feel more like static banter?

Guidelines for Critique on MSFV:
  • Please leave your critique for each entry in the comment box for that entry.
  • Please choose a screen name to sign your comments. The screen name DOES NOT have to be your real name; however, it needs to be an identifiable name.  ("Anonymous" is not a name.)
  • Critiques should be honest but kind, helpful but sensitive.
  • Critiques that attack the writer or are couched in unkind words will be deleted.*
  • Cheerleading IS NOT THE SAME as critiquing.  Please don't cheerlead.
  • Having said that, it is perfectly acceptable to say positive things about an entry that you feel is strong.  To make these positive comments more helpful, say why it's a strong entry.
  • ENTRANTS: As your way of "giving back", please critique a minimum of 5 other entries.

*I can't possibly read every comment.  If you ever see a comment that is truly snarky, please email me.  I count on your help.

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