This Stinks! This Is Total BS! How To Critique #1LinerWeds #amwriting #amediting

This weekend, I was on a panel with John DeDakis on writing the cozy mystery. The discussion evolved to a discussion on getting honest feedback on your story/book before submitting it for publication or publishing it yourself. He said it’s important to find a critique group or several Beta readers (people who read the manuscript before it’s ready for publication) who are both honest and courteous. He said that if WE were part of a critique group and/or Beta readers for anybody, we, also, should be both honest and courteous. Then he gave us some advice that I think is applicable in almost any situation:

You can say what you mean without saying it mean.

Can I get an amen? Sisters and Brothers in the back — Amen?

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Telling an unpalatable truth.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “This Stinks! This Is Total BS! How To Critique #1LinerWeds #amwriting #amediting

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    July 14, 2022 at 10:10pm

    Mean keeps your feedback from being heard – a barrier of hurt feelings blocks all the useful content.

    If you have asked for honest feedback without being arrogant about it, from the right people, that should be enough. It isn’t ‘checking a box,’ it is a real attempt to see where you might have been too close to something, and it really needs a rewritten sentence, or to remind the reader of something they might have forgotten.


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