Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Difference between Critique and Criticism

  • Criticism finds fault/Critique looks at structure
  • Criticism looks for what's lacking/Critique finds what's working
  • Criticism condemns what it doesn't understand/Critique asks for clarification
  • Criticism is spoken with a cruel wit and sarcastic tongue/Critique's voice is kind, honest, and objective
  • Criticism is negative/Critique is positive (even about what isn't working)
  • Criticism is vague and general/Critique is concrete and specific
  • Criticism has no sense of humor/Critique insists on laughter, too
  • Criticism looks for flaws in the writer as well as the writing/Critique addresses only what is on the page

Taken from Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups by Judy Reeves

5 comments:

Mayeul said...

This looks like a *criticism* of the criticism!

Mark Staff Brandl said...

Mayeul: What a great critique!

chuckography said...

I'm not really a "writer" but was addressing the differences between critique and criticism and Googled it.

You popped up, I added it to my message as an illustration and explanation and passed it along to some people.

Next day I received thanks from the writer you quoted - Judy Reeves. We know each other and I had not even noticed your source. Yikes.

She thanks you too.

Sandhya Karandikar said...

Everyone must keep this in their heart. Beautifully said. Thank you Tina for sharing it.

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