Writing, Critique Partnerships and Other Stories

From a community of writers, critique partners and beta readers.

Aug 20, 2020

Author Interview Series: Emma Dhesi

CritiqueMatch: A warm welcome to writer and writing coach Emma Dhesi! Thanks for joining us on our blog. Let’s start off with your background. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you decided to become a writing coach.
Emma: I’ve been writing, on and off, since I was a child. Over the years I’ve attended lots of workshops, evening classes and seminars. I’ve read the books and watched the YouTube videos. I’ve poured over author interviews looking for that secret formula, but it wasn’t until I was in my forties I discovered the secret! 

Aug 10, 2020

3 Common Errors when Critiquing Someone’s Work.

Does a slow sense of dread crawl up your arms at the thought of offering critical feedback to another writer? Do you question your critiquing abilities, thinking, what do I know that the other writer doesn’t? Do you wonder if you crossed an invisible line by that one particularly problematic area you pointed out? Was your feedback too little? Too much? Too harsh?

Just know that you’re not the only one asking these questions. Giving honest feedback can be hard and does require a touch of diplomacy so as not to crush your partner’s creative dreams.

Here are 3 things to consider when exchanging feedback.

Aug 3, 2020

Author Interview Series: J M Lasley

The CritiqueMatch contest coordinator “sat down” for a virtual chat with J M Lasley, the winner of the 1st FictionFive Contest.


CM: Congratulations on being the winner of the 1st CritiqueMatch FictionFive Contest! Tell us, what emotions are going through your head right now?

JML: Honestly, the first thing that went through my head when I got the announcement was, is this real? I had to reread the first paragraph a few times before it sunk in what it was saying. I honestly could not believe that I had won. It is such a great feeling! With all the chaos of this year, it was exactly the kind of good news I needed. I’m surprised, pleased, grateful, humbled, and excited for the future.