I'm excited today to have a guest post today by Allison Foster. Since a lot of you are writers as well as readers I think her article will come in handy. Happy Friday and remember to share the book love!
Reasons to Peer Review
Allowing someone to read your work is a great way for you to learn and enhance your writing skills. Always have someone that is better than you at writing, read over your work. A peer that you consider a better writer will help you blossom by pointing out mistakes or better ways to word something. It’s tough and may be embarrassing at first but just remember that no writer gets to where they are without making a few mistakes and learning from them. To get the best review of your work, ask more than one better writer to review your work.
Offering to peer review someone’s work is a great exercise for any writer for two reasons. It challenges you to look for the good and bad in pieces, teaching you what is good and bad for your writing. Most importantly, it allows you to see another creative person and will help you gain ideas and inspiration on how to work. As a reviewer sometimes you feel like you don’t want to offend the writer that you working with, but it’s best that you are honest with your opinions, if you not-they will never grow as a writer. They are relying on you to better their work, with that said be sure to tread lightly and be kind with your word usage when critiquing. To give your best peer review, take your time when reviewing and give it several reads before marking and commenting. This will help give a better and well versed review.
Be open to suggestions and criticisms. If you disagree or feel like you are on the defense, talk them out with the peer reviewer or the writer being reviewed. Ask them for explanations and how you can grow from them. Do not take offense to their suggestions or responses, especially when you have asked for them. But with all this said also remember that not everything they suggest or offer is best for your or another writers writing style. Learn to listen and use everything to your advantage.
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