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Critiquing Skills Breakdown, Part 2: Receiving Critiques

It would be nice if receiving a critique were a purely cold cognition task, meaning a task that only involves logic and reason. That is not the case. Receiving a critique has a high potential to turn into a hot cognition experience, meaning emotions are involved and have the potential to get the better of us. We are often told to not take critiques personally, but rarely are we taught how to do that. In the last post, we discussed

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Skills Breakdown, Part 1: Giving Critiques

It would be nice if everyone automatically knew how to critique well, but the reality is that just like writing, critiquing is an artform that takes skill and practice. Yet often critiquing skills get pushed to the side like a weird aunt at a family gathering. Like, okay, we’ll give her a little attention, but then let’s get back to the real business of writing. Now, let’s be clear, the real business is the writing. But here’s the problem: that

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Why Context Matters When Receiving Critiques

I was thinking about critiques the other day, as being the Critique MD I am wont to do, and in particular was pondering what can trip up critique receivers. One point that kept niggling at me was how often I see writers not considering context when prepping for the critique receiving experience. As if a critique is a critique is a critique. Though more precisely, what I see are writers not prepping themselves at all for critique receiving as if

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Creating Your CRTM (Critique Receiving Toward Mantra)

The mantra of mantras in receiving critiques is Don’t take it personally. That is an away mantra. It’s telling us what we are supposed to not do and gives us squat about what we are supposed to do. Which leaves us in a bit of quandary on how to improve our critique receiving mojo—how can we practice and improve if we don’t know where we are supposed to be headed? We need a toward mantra.

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