Thursday, April 28, 2016

Are You Hooked? Middle Grade -- Critique Guidelines

Ready to dig into our 40 MG excerpts??

Remember that, in addition to everything else you'd normally critique, we're looking for comments on VOICE.  Things to think about:
  • Is the voice (particularly the main character) believable for the age?  Or does it sound a little too old or a little too young?  (In other words, if the protagonist is 12, does he sound like a believable 12-year-old?)
  • Are their instances where the author's "grown-up voice" is showing?  (Turns of phrase, word choice, a perspective that is too adult, etc.)

General 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 4 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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