Today I'm going to tell you the best tool for critiquing. Some of you may already know about it and some of you might have something similar to this, but this is what I'm familiar with. All in all, I just want to make your critiquing life easier if you use Microsoft Office Word 2007.
When your friend, crit partner, lovely aspiring author buddy sends you their work, open it in a word document. Now look to the top of your screen. Do you see the review button?
Click on it and you can read your friend's stuff in there. Even better you can critique it while you read it or reread it or whatever you do. There are two things in Review that are my all time favorite. New Comment and Track Changes. They look like this.
If you want to make a comment on a certain sentence or section, highlight that part and click the New Comment button. It will open in the side and you can make all your comments there, like this.
Now, not everything needs a comment. Little grammatical errors can be changed in the document. Just click on the Track Changes button when you start your critique and any change you make, whether it's a misspelled word or punctuation, will be tracked so the writer can see where it is like this.
Isn't it awesome? (This is when you say, "Why yes it is Michelle, thanks for saving me time and helping me organize my critique's." Or I guess you may be thinking, "That's great that you're sharing this but it's kind of old news." Either way the answer is still...) Yes. It is awesome.
And now for another bit of awesomeness. I happen to love critiquing. And I recently hit 250 followers. And I also just happened to hit 100 blog posts a little while ago.
It's time to celebrate!
I don't have any books to give away. I know, either I'm selfish or poor...or both. I'll never tell :) But I will give away 5 first 1000 word critique's!
All you have to do is follow my blog and tell me in your comment if you'd like to be part of the drawing. Want an extra entry? Just mention this anywhere and tell me about it here as well.
The giveaway ends Wednesday May 11. You have until then to enter. Good luck :)