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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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G E N E R A L C R I T I Q U E R ' S G U I D E

Instructions: Mark the letter that applies. If other than "A" comment as
appropriate. Use extra sheets if necessary. This guide is based on Barry
Longyear's SCIENCE FICTION WRITER'S WORKSHOP I, so if you are confused about
what is meant by a particular item, please refer to the pertinent discussion
in that book.

Story Title:_______________________________________________________
Author's Name:_____________________________________________________
Critiquer's Name:__________________________________________________

1. Hook
A--real grabber! B--not strong enough C--does not relate to story

2. Backfill
A--great explanation! B--too much lecture C--wrong type

3. Point of view
A--perfect story teller! B--wrong narrative form

4. Character(s) (secondary)
A--believable! B--too strong C--too weak D--unnecessary

5. Title
A--fits nicely! B--don't understand

6. Buildup(s)
A--cliff hanger! B--scenes too similar C--too much wandering D--wrong

7. Bright and/or Dark Moment(s)
A--I really felt them! B--not emotional enough

8. Plants
A--you made it believable! B--too obvious C--not enough

9. Trailer
A--good wind up! B--serves no purpose

10. Seams
A--seamless! B--too obvious

11. Plot
A--the equation is complete! B--incomplete

12. Climax
A--beautiful resolution! B--not intense enough C--could not identify

13. Conflict (primary)
A--intense! B--could not identify obstacle

14. Story Purpose
A--mission accomplished! B--nothing identifiable accomplished

15. Scenes
A--nicely painted! B--need more C--need fewer

16. Author (mechanics)
A--invisible! B--too obvious

17. Character(s) (primary)
A--I can see him! B--not strong enough C--did not change D--no
motivation E--no conflict

18. Ending
A--could not have said it better! B--main conflict not resolved C--other
loose ends D--not believable E--unsatisfying

19. Manuscript (format, etc)
A--you could teach! B--problems

20. Nit-picker's Area

21. Other Comments:

Thanks go to Larry D Chambliss for compiling this guide.


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