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Writing Critique by Rebecca M. Senese
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Aug 12, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: horror, short-stories, second-person-pov
Read from August 10 to 12, 2011

The point of view chosen for this story is what stuck out and, at inopportune times, kept ejecting this reader from the story. Reading 'you, you, you' is like a finger poking the reader's chest and it became too hard for this reader to get past.

Still, strangely, it kind of worked in the overall story framework.

The story deals with a critique of a story in a writer's group and the anxiety the writer goes through waiting for the feedback. What will the others think of the work? Only, it's written from the perspective that it's your story (the reader's).

The problem? What if the reader has never written a short story and presented it to a critique circle? Or worse, if the writer-reader doesn't share the same fears?

I'm not a big fan of writers writing about writing in fiction because the horse is a bloody, beaten mess. This short story takes an offbeat approach (pov) but the story didn't work for this reader otherwise.

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