Some of you have asked what I meant by the Oreo method of critique last post. It goes by several names and here is the method I use when I give critiques. And it is the method I like used on me when I receive critiques.
I’ve heard the Oreo method given different names. This has also been called the Hamburger technique. As you read you will see why.
We all need encouragement in our writing. Critique can help or hinder us. Feedback need not be toxic and can do a lot towards getting our writing to shine. Some of us are afraid of getting and giving critiques. However if you do the Oreo Method of giving them, you are bound to be a valuable player in your critique group. Here is the method.
One- Give a general statement of praise. Find something you really liked about the picture book, what we will call the manuscript. This will give the writer a feeling of being safe. And it encourages her. You don’t only want to criticize her work.
Two- Now give her more specific feedback. Tell her something that will improve the manuscript and make it more readable. This is the place you want to tell her what to leave out or what to do to make it better. What hurt the manuscript? What did you find to be a problem?
Three- Give another positive remark. Tell her something good about her manuscript. Encourage her again.
This method will strengthen any piece of writing and make the writing better without damaging the writer. This method will make sure that the writing is what was discussed and not the writer. Remember always to talk about the writing and not the subject or the person behind the writing. This is no time for prejudices or venting about personalities.
Critique is an important part to making our writing shine. As all of you know critique can make our writing clearer and develop our strength and weaknesses.
Have you been afraid of giving or getting critiques? How so? Do you think this method will help?
Credit given to a Linked In article from book coach Judy Cullins. 1-13-12 and photo credit to Lucy Spence on Flickr. Thanks.
- My First Picture Book Critique Meeting (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)