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Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:03 am
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Nate says...



I'd like to introduce you to the YWS critique sandwich. This is something I noticed YWSers doing some years ago, and I think it's a great way to write a review.

First, begin with what you liked about the poem or story. And be sure to explain why! The first part of the critique sandwich should be at least two sentences long. Of course, please feel free to make it much longer than that.

Second, go into the real meat of the review. Pick out some parts the author could improve on since all of us have stuff we could improve on. It could be something as simple as using spell-check to something as complex as getting dialogue right. And if there's something you didn't like about the work, write about it in this part of the critique sandwich (just be sure to explain why you didn't like it).

Third, finish off your review with a short conclusion. It doesn't need to be any more than a couple sentences long, but you should spend some time to sum up what you thought of the piece overall. You can also spend time re-addressing the main points of your review.

In all, you should be spending only about 10 to 15 minutes on your review. If you're doing less than that, then you have to ask yourself, "Is what I'm saying really helping the author?"
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Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:25 am
TalaPaulwic says...



This seems like a good method for doing things. Makes sense, it's clear, and it makes the author feel like you don't hate them.
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Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:57 am
Caerulean says...



This is really a helpful guide. Thanks. :)
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Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:24 am
Jash says...



This is so right, Mr. Nate. :) Good thing this is how I review. L-D
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Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:59 pm
HHemayed says...



Thank you for the good ideas.:)
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Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:49 am
davantageous says...



that's what he said...........nomnomnom...wolf babies :P
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Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:38 am
KittyCatMeow says...



It IS the truth. I didn't read this until now. This should be helpful! Thanks!
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Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:25 am
spinelli says...



Sure, it's cute, but what's a diet of only sandwiches? :P




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Sylar14 says...



This is really helpful. I always thought that I didn't know how to write reviews, but it turns out I've been doing something similar to this all along. Heh.
Thank you for the advice!
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