How to Critique Someone’s Creative Effort

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

How to critique someone’s creative effort. Like social media there is an unspoken etiquette and protocol to be followed. However, as social norms continue to break down we would all do well to revisit some of those rules. So here goes.

Rule number one: don’t offer unsolicited advice—EVER. If someone wants your opinion or advice they will ask for it. Rule number two: keep it private. No one, I mean no one, wants to be patronised in public.

Rule number three: the (constructive) criticism should always be about the creation itself and not about the person (the creator—small “c”)—it should be meant to help and to educate the creative and their process and most certainly should not be about the ego of the critic. Don’t be that ugly little person who feels compelled to put down the creative efforts of others only to make…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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One Response to How to Critique Someone’s Creative Effort

  1. Dennstedt says:

    Thank you for the “Share” Anna. 🙂

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