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  • Receiving Critiques

     Why do some inline crits become frozen?
    Inline critiques differ from other critique types in that they are connected to the story they are written into.
    If the story is revised that connection might be broken and the critique is no longer valid in the story's context. This also happens if the story is deleted.

    To preserve the integrity of the critique the system severs the connection between the critique and the story by inserting the beginning (first 100 letters or so) of the actual critted paragraphs into the critique and so the critique becomes Frozen.

    If you take a look at a frozen inline critique you'll see that each critiqued paragraph consists of a few words followed by a "...". Each paragraph that has not been critiqued is replaced with a single ".".

    Frozen crits are generally not as useful since they do not preserve the context of the original story in the same way as normal inline crits do.

    You will generally receive a warning if you are about to perform an action that will cause one or more of your crits to become frozen.

     I think I'm missing a critique! What are unapproved crits?
    You might see a certain number of critiques listed next to your story in the Queue or My Stories pages and fewer actual critiques when you click on the story.

    This is because a member's first critique has to be approved by the Administrators or Moderators before it becomes available. This process does not judge the quality of the crit as such but is meant to weed out padding, inflamatory and rude crits.

    The reason the actual number shows up on the Queue page is that other members have to be able to see the real number of crits a given story has received so that they can direct their efforts to stories which have actually received fewer crits than others.

    If you experience this just wait a bit and the crit will usually become visible within 24 hours.

     What is "Return the favour"?
    The message "Return the favour" appears in your reminder box on the front page and indicates that an author that has critiqued your story now has a story himself in the the queue.
    If you click on "Return the favour" you should be taken to his story so that you can critique it.

     How do I rate a critique?
    You rate a critique so that the critic knows how he is doing; how useful his crits are to other authors. The grade shows him where he's doing well and what he can improve.

    There are seven questions and you rate each on a five point scale, from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

    The critique was worded in a constructive manner
    Did you feel the critic was respectful of your work and tried to word his crit both helpfully and politely?

    The critic had helpful ideas
    Do you think you can use the critic's suggestions and ideas?

    The critic could have explained himself better
    Do you have difficulties in understanding what exactly the critic meant? Was something unclear?

    The critic pointed out many things I hadn't noticed myself

    The critique could have been more detailed
    Do you feel that the crit could have been more detailed than it is?

    I find the critique useful
    Did the critiqe have some good ideas and suggestions that you will use when re-writing you story?

    On the whole, I'm satisfied with the critique.
    Do you feel the critic put considerable work into pointing out to you what you could improve and what he liked in your story? Is this a good crit?

    Remember that the point of the crit is to help you improve yoru story and point out both its strong and weak points. The point of the rating-system is to help the critic improve his crits; tell him what he's doing well and what he isn't doing so well.

    At the bottom of the rating-box is another box, meant for a message to the critic, where you thank him for his time and effort. It is considered common courtesy to thank the critic for this, he could just as well have critted another story but he chose yours.

    This message has nothing to do with rating.

    The critic doesn't know the how a specific crit was rated. He only sees his average grade and that is calculate on a five rated critique basis. It is therefore quite impossible for him to know how you rated his critique, something that should help you to be completely honest when rating the crit.

    Crits under 150 words cannot be rated.

     Accepting criticism
    You should only submit material that you have worked on as well as you can. Don't send first drafts and don't submit material that you haven't looked over with regards to spelling and language. This is for your own good — you will get better feedback if people see you are making an effort to send in "clean" material.

    Let readers know if there is anything in particular that you want them to keep in mind while reading your story.

    It can be hard to accept criticism. Don't argue with the critic, but if there is anything in your crit that you don't understand, by all means, ask him about it.

    Bear in mind that the crit is only one person's opinion. He isn't necessarily right, but his views are examples of how readers might see and interpret your story. That is useful to you, whether you agree with his opinions or not.

    Be critical about what you want to use of the critique you receive. Remember, you are the author and this is your story, your style. You decide, others suggest. Some authors get lost trying to please everyone. Don't let that happen to you

    Gradually people learn to view a critique as helpful suggestions and not as a personal attack — even if the comments are negative. Be prepared for a rough start, just keep in mind that with time you learn to accept criticism, use what you see as valid points, and throw away the rest.

     What if I'm offended by a critique I received?
    You may want to take a moment to think about why you are offended. It can be painful to hear criticism of something you have written, but does it seem that the critiquer is trying to point out something to improve upon, even if a bit bluntly? Most critiquers' intentions are to help the writer by pointing out the flaws, not to hurt your feelings. This learning process can sometimes bruise your ego, but usually improves your writing skills by pointing out weak spots. One other thing to remember- a critique is nothing more than an opinion- sometimes this is based on knowledge, such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and sometimes it is based on the type of writing that critiquer likes to read.
    Is it because the critiquer seemed intentionally cruel or hurtful? The Critique Circle does not condone this behavior, and you should contact the administrators for us to assess the situation.

    If you receive a story where a user 'pads' the critique with unrelated story material, nonsense words or rambles about personal details that have nothing to do with the story, please let us know. Padding to gain credits for critiques is not acceptible here at CC.

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