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Critique vs. Criticism

I have noticed on Amazon many reviews of books are Critiques and it is far TOO LATE to critique once a book is out there.

How to give good feedback and still benefit from bad.

Personally, I do not like to read another writer’s work to critique it. I will volunteer to be a first reader. I will not volunteer to edit, but I will make notes as I read if I see something that works so well I had to stop for a minute. I’ll note an obviously jangled sentence. I think I am reluctant to Critique because I don’t understand how to do it without putting a writer on the defense.

I have noticed on Amazon many reviews of books are Critiques and it is far TOO LATE to critique once a book is out there.

Let’s talk a little about Critique vs Criticism.

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Critique vs. Criticism

How to give good feedback and still benefit from bad.

Criticism is personal, destructive, vague, inexpert, ignorant, and selfish.

Critique is impersonal, constructive, specific, expert, informed and selfless.

In general, criticism is judgmental and focused on finding fault, while critique is descriptive and balanced.

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