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Resources for Reviewing and Revising


"How to Critique Fiction" by Victoria Crayne

"How to Cope with Critiquing" by Richard Hamper - this link did not work the last time I checked. I include it here nevertheless in the hope that the author will post it again.

"How to do a short critique", approach of Maureen F. McHugh

"The Diplomatic Critiquer" by Alan Burt


Browne, Renni and King, Dave. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.

Cheney, Theodore A. Rees. Getting the Words Right: How to Rewrite, Edit & Revise. Cincinnati. Writer's Digest Books, 2005.

Kaplan, David Michael. Revision: a Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 1997.

Leland, Christopher T. The Creative Writer's Style Guide.

Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, 2002.

Madden, David. Revising Fiction: A Handbook for Writers. New York. Plume, 1988.

Nickell, Kelly (Ed.). The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic.
Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, 2003.

Seidman, Michael. The Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction.
Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, 2000.

Author's Notes

This essay was originally written for the reviews' exercise at "There and Back Again", a writers' workshop for Tolkien fanfiction that I moderate with my friend, Aranel Took. Members and friends told me that they found this essay useful and encouraged me to revise it and to publish it. I hope that you will find this essay interesting and helpful, too.

If you have any questions, please feel free to visit my TFF journal, leave a comment or mail me privately (my e-mail address is juno at magic dot ms)!

Last but not least I would like to thank everyone who helped me write and revise this essay: especially Aranel Took, Fanged Geranium and Rous.


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