January 16th, 2009

Verbal Critiques: Are they worth the paper they're written on?

I went to a verbal critique session with the Monmouth Writers last night.  Haven't been to the Manalapan venue since last July, so it was good to see some familiar faces, and make some new friends.  While chatting afterwards I got into a discussion about the benefit of a verbal critique, as opposed to a written one.
Compared to the in-depth analysis of a written critique, it's easy to dismiss the value of a 'gut' reaction, which is what you get when your work's read out and immediately measured/judged/dismembered :), but I think both have their uses.  A written critique is invaluable for help with format, style, and comments/suggestion about where the story worked or didn't, but you won't get that from your target audience.  All the reader cares about is whether they 'got into' the story, or not.   It helps to get that immediate feedback .

I recommend both.
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Psyched about Psych

This season hasn't been quite up to par, but I'm still excited about tonight's return of Psych (USA, tonight 10/9C).  Along with The Closer and The Big Bang Theory,  it's one of the few TV shows I go out of my way to watch.
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