How to Critique your Content

 

Good feedback makes the world go ‘round.

A good critique isn’t about knowing exactly what words should be used. It’s about being specific with your feedback.

Here are a couple pointers when critiquing your writers:

  • Use ‘Why’ rather than ‘What.’ Don’t point at something that needs to be changed. Explain why you think it needs changing.

  • Highlight specific words, phrases, or paragraphs that jump out at you, good or bad. Knowing what’s good can help a writer do their own scanning for what may be not so good.

  • Start with the big stuff (formatting, voice, theme), then move down to the smaller details like word placement and punctuation.

At the end of the day, it’s your content. But both sides can benefit if you consider why he/she went a certain, maybe unexpected direction.

 

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Tyler Koenig