On Editing: When Critiquing a Friend’s Novel


Rachel Poli

For December, Kris and I decided to swap manuscripts and edit each other’s work. We both have first drafts completed, but that’s about it. Neither one of us knows where to go from there on our current WIPs.

We’ve read each other’s work before and we’re also part of a writer’s group where we give and take feedback. Yet, whenever I look at someone’s writing, someone I know and I’m close to, I always find it harder to critique.

Don’t ask why, I can’t explain it, but that’s just how I feel.

With that being said, here’s what you should do when editing a friend’s novel.

On Editing: When Critiquing a Novel for a Friend

Editing is editing, but editing your own novel is quite different than editing a friend’s. When a friend asks you to look over their work, they’re trusting you with their babies, they’re blood, sweat, and tears. They’re allowing you to take a trip through…

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