As I scanned the new book selections this week, I couldn't help but notice that there seemed to be more reviews posted than usual. I'm not one to put a whole lot of stock in a review before I purchase; I like to make my own decision. However, I did take a peek.
There is a big difference between a critique and a review. Sometimes, people get them mixed up.
A critique is provided by another professional writer who is asked (and sometimes paid) for their opinion. This opinion is given orally in a critique group or privately to the author. He/she reads the story and uses their skills to judge all aspects of the writing. Like a teacher grading an essay paper, grammar, sentence structure, and story structure are all taken into account as well as point of view, composition, plot, etc. Advice is given as to how the story could be improved and also praise is given for the good job done. This is an invaluable tool that all writers can use and help each other grow and do their best work.
A review is written by a reader and is meant to be shared with others. It is a personal opinion given to let others know what that person thought of the story. It should not be mistaken for the critique. While greatly appreciated, it is freely given and an invaluable tool that can increase sales and encourage writers.
So please, if you feel the need to review a book that you’ve read, remember that someone has poured their heart and soul into it. Give your opinion without trashing the writer. Stick to the reasons why you did or didn’t enjoy the story without picking it and the writer to death.
Until next week,
Thought for the Week:
A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he's talking about