There are so many posts on receiving critique, but what about giving it? Being able to write well doesn't one is automatically able to critique well. So, how do we improve our critiquing skills?
But what about those of us who would like to improve our critiquing skills? Personally, I don't see improvement as a waste of time at all. Not only do I hate the idea of wasting my time to provide a critique which isn't useful, I also realize that I am the first line of critique for my own work. The way I see it, improving my critiquing skills can only be beneficial (to me and to my CPs).
There are so many things to think about when giving critique - What kind of critique does the writer want? How do I critique a first draft versus a final draft? Should I be providing feedback on big-picture issues or line-edits? Luckily, there are resources out there for those who want to improve.
So far, the best breakdown of how to give an appropriate critique that I've found is on Janice Hardy's blog.
Otherwise, here are some additional resources I've found helpful:
How to critique a manuscript and stay friends
Checklist for critiquing a novel
The Critter's Library
So what about you? Have you ever received feedback on a critique you've given? Would you want to? And if you agree that it's important to work on critiquing skills, what do you do to improve?