One of the discussions we have in writing workshops: when do you know a piece is ready to workshop? An early draft may be too embryonic, "too soft" to prompt helpful feedback...it's just not fully formed. The writer, herself, is still trying to figure out voice, or point of view...basic elements. Comments, at that point, can be confusing.
Honor the potential, before the bloom. [Like the sunflower here in my garden...early draft.]
On the other hand, if a piece is heavily revised, and if you want everyone to say, 'perfect!' Then it's too finished-- and you're too invested in the piece-- for critiquing to do much good. [Except, you know, to burst your delicate bubble-- not helpful, btw.]
So when is a piece just right for feedback?
Here is an excellent guest post by Jennie Nash on the 10 do's and don'ts for writers seeking feedback. This Writing Life blog by Christina Baker Kline is a real treasure for writers...especially if you're writing a novel.
Critiques should open the blooms-- but they might sting a little.
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