What’s So Great About a Critique Group? Part Four: Quick Tips.
What’s So Great About a Critique Group?
Part Four in The Critique Group Series: Quick Tips
Establish guidelines upfront—I’ve included a suggested list below.
Agree on a place and time that works for everyone.
Meet somewhere neutral—a restaurant, coffee shop, church, or library.
Start on time. End on time. Respect other people’s time.
Set a timer if you need to.
Elect a facilitator who will keep you on time and on task.
Treat other people with the same respect you crave.
Be an encourager, not a discourager.
Proper Formatting Etiquette
It doesn’t matter who is critiquing you, how short or long your document runs, or how experienced your critique partner becomes—proper format goes a long way to a lasting Edit Buddy relationship. You want to send out the cleanest, easiest to read version of your brilliance.
Here are some guidelines to follow.
- 12 point Times New Roman font (other font tires the eyes)
- Double space the document (gives room to make notes)
- Indent each new paragraph
- No space between paragraphs
- Only one space after a period (hit period/enter/type first word of new sentence)
- Chapter number/title centered top of page
- Begin two spaces down
It was official. (indent first line every paragraph) (double space all lines)
I had become that girl—the (your dash should look like this) girl who quieted a room just by entering. Instead of being the smart girl, or the pretty girl, or even the girl with the weird hair and mismatched eyes, I was the girl whose sister killed herself. Nobody knew what to say to me—so they quit talking.
And I quit caring.
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