Here is a dilemma I’ve run into over the years while critiquing the variety of writing I’ve been given;
What to do when the subject matter of the piece I am critiquing is difficult for me to read? I’ve read things that made me extremely uncomfortable. I’ve read about things that bored me to tears. I’ve read extremely graphic, violent pieces.
But the bottom line is that I’ve read them all.
And I’ve tried to give an objective opinion about the writing. This can be really hard to do, but I feel it’s very important to be able to separate my feelings about the subject matter and the quality of the writing. And I think I’ve been fairly successful at it.
I have a few questions about this:
Is it really possible to be objective and professional when faced with this kind of writing? Or do we just to the best that we can?
Have any of you run into this kind of situation and if so, how did you handle it?
- The Different Types of Critique (kisawhipkey.com)
- Five Tips for Offering a Good Essay Critique (college.answers.com)
- Critiques Make Your Writing Better, So Grin and Bear Them (hunterlewand.wordpress.com)