Case Studies For Writers

a craft toolbox

Mar 18, 2019

Finding Your Shiny New Critique Partner


By Bethany Tucker.

Congratulations! Working with other writers here at CritiqueMatch.com can be intensely rewarding and exciting. It’s a wonderful way to have accountability and to know that you’re not writing into the void. And at it’s best, this is a community where you can see your skills blossom and relationships grow.

So let’s jump in on how to set yourself up for success finding these partners who make the magic happen.

Mar 15, 2019

How critiquing someone’s work helps improve your writing skills


By Brady Hunsaker.

As authors, we’re often told that one of the best ways to improve our writing is to read others’ works. A lot. Reading more allows us to detect patterns in other stories so that we can begin to mimic or avoid some of those same things. In addition to reading, another huge tool that we can use to our advantage is the use of critique partners.
They critique our work, which is always great to have, but we also get the opportunity to critique their work. Sometimes, critiquing someone else’s work feels like the downside to having critique partners, but the truth is, we also gain a lot by being involved in critiquing their work.

Mar 14, 2019

Tips And Tricks In Finding A Critique Partner


By Jane Catherine Rozek.

So you’ve written a few chapters or maybe a whole book, and you are saying to yourself, “this is good stuff,” and then you laugh because, of course, you and your family are biased! 

Where do you find that stranger with the uncompromised eye to tell you exactly what works and what doesn’t? I’m happy to report on CritiqueMatch.com. On this site, I can exchange critiques and beta reads with total strangers anonymously, and I’m the only one who retains a copy of my manuscript once a critique has been exchanged.

Here are five tips and two tricks I discovered to find awesome CPs – Critique Partners!

Mar 11, 2019

A Harsh Critique: Learning to Survive the Experience and Interpret the Critique


By: Kyrstin Oke.

So, finally after hours of worrying and agonizing over the impending critique, you get it back, and man was it harsh! Something you’ve spent countless hours on, poured your tears, blood, and soul into – and someone has just casually ripped it to shreds. Sure, some part of you knows that your work wasn’t perfect to begin with, but you weren’t expecting it to be this bad.
It feels like someone has just died.
Your pride is cowering in a corner from the world, weeping in shame. Your prostrated ego is dramatically throwing its fists against the ground like a tyrannical child, wailing at the audacity of the person who dared critique you in this manner!

Mar 8, 2019

Critique Partnerships - A Recipe For Success


By: McKay Mertz.

Writing and helping others write can be as rewarding as a chocolate chip cookie. But what are the steps to a successful critique partnership? Similar to baking an excellent cookie, we will use the same basic recipe to create a successful critique partnership. Obviously, everyone has their own tried and true cookie recipes, but here are some suggestions to help you critique others' writing.



Mar 6, 2019

Dos and Don’ts When Critiquing Someone’s Work




By: Andrea Alcolea.

I have been writing since I was thirteen years old. I began writing short stories and monologues for myself, and only shared them once with my middle school English teacher. It was my first experience receiving a critique, and it was a good one. I wish I would have kept her notes. I was only a middle school girl then, I didn’t know the value of what I had. Thankfully, I still remember her words. I like to think it’s what planted the writing seed within me.


Mar 4, 2019

How Feedback from Critique Partners Sharpened My Work



By Max Vonne.


I worked on my first novel for Star Faer for about six months before I finished my first draft.  I realized then that I had a huge problem.  I planned to self-publish through Amazon, but how would I know if my book was well-written?  What if there were a billion typos that I couldn’t catch?  What if there were structural issues?  What if no one liked my characters?

It’s probably better to know this before publishing.  So I started looking around for beta readers and came across CritiqueMatch.com, shortly after it launched.  It’s a free platform that lets you connect with other writers, so you can critique and edit each other’s work.  

I joined the site without a lot of expectations.  It was early, and I was one of the first writers on the platform.  I queried a few of the other sci fi writers that were active and found some that were willing to look at my work in exchange for me looking at their work.  The result for me ended up being life-changing.  Sounds dramatic.  It is.