12 Giving Critical Feedback

Criticism exists not to disparage a work but to identify its real nature, illuminate its inner workings, and suggest how to enhance its potential.

Giving feedback is the act of communicating your impressions as an audience to the artwork’s begetter.

Giving Feedback

Giving criticism requires tact and respect, especially face to face or in a professional situation, where the author may have years of experience—and layers of prickly defense. To prepare for giving a critique, consider what imprint the work has left on you.

Feedback Elements

Impact:

Degree of impact was …

The story left me thinking … and feeling …

Clarity:

I could see … but not see …

I could retell … but not …

Potential:

The story was/was not ...

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