What's The Point of Critique?

September 11, 2011
By julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
17 articles 17 photos 223 comments

Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.


To whom it may concern,
There are many aspects of Teen Ink that I cherish. For example, I enjoy reading the brilliant submissions that are promoted on the site. I appreciate being able to write about anything that is on my mind, and getting feedback from like-minded individuals. I also love giving critique to writers who need it, and I enjoy getting feedback on my writing in return. There’s only one problem. What is the point of giving critique to users if the writers can’t actually utilize it?

I get lots of wonderful critique on my writing, and yet I am unable to do anything with the feedback, besides deleting the piece and resubmitting it with the revisions. Then I would have to wait several weeks before it goes online, and when that happens, I would have to start all over in the process of getting people to read, comment, and rate the piece. This is quite an inconvenience and a hassle, but a hassle that I feel could be avoided with a simple change to the site.

I have a suggestion that would help improve the quality of work on the entire Teen Ink site, and make critiquing a much more meaningful experience to everybody involved. My idea is to simply add an edit button to each article in a writer’s inventory. This would enable users to quickly correct misspelled words, fix grammar and punctuation errors, and expand on the piece. To lighten the load on the editors, a program could be employed to detect whether the edit only involved simple spelling changes and such, and if so, the piece could be instantly changed without having to go through an approval process. A language filter could be used to ensure that all work is free of any and all profanity, and thusly Teen Ink would be able to stay a safe and clean environment for budding writers.

Only if a piece of writing was edited in a more complex manner, for example if a new paragraph was added, or if several sentences were replaced, would an editor have to check the writing to make sure it is safe and appropriate. In this manner, critiques such as “expand upon your ideas further” could be listened to and instigated.

This is my suggestion to improve upon an already splendid site that has changed the lives of teen writers from all over the world. If my ideas are realized, I am sure that Teen Ink will find a fresh surge of creativity and happiness to everybody involved in the editing process. In this way, the quality of work would improve manifold, and Teen Ink would continue to be a very special place for young writers everywhere.
Yours truly,
Julian Mullins

The author's comments:
I know that lots of Teen Inkers would benefit from this change, so comment if you're with me! Let's make this happen!

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on Oct. 5 2011 at 5:27 pm
BrightBurningCampeador PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
42 articles 11 photos 333 comments

Good idea.

 

Julian: you should do that! I would, but it would carry more weight from you, since you also wrote this letter.


on Oct. 5 2011 at 5:24 pm
BrightBurningCampeador PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
42 articles 11 photos 333 comments
I agree completely! The only reason I can see not to do as julian suggests is if a peice is put in the mag before the author edits someone or other might want to keep the version that appeared in the mag around. Of course, that's easy enough to fix. When a peice is put in the mag make a non-editable version and when a person clicks the link to thye peice ask whether they want to see the mag version or the edited version.

on Oct. 2 2011 at 4:44 am
Garnet77 PLATINUM, Sinagpore, Other
31 articles 6 photos 578 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything's a triangle." ~ My mother

"Write what you love, write what you care about, because sometimes, it's the easiest way to be heard."

Yes, I completely agree with this!!! I'm so glad you're pitching this idea. I'd love to be able to revise a bunch of the stories I already have up. This change would definitely do a lot of people good :)

on Oct. 1 2011 at 7:44 pm
ChocoMint SILVER, Bloomington, Indiana
7 articles 0 photos 129 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time." - Anonymous

"Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear." - Anonymous

Totally agree!!!!!!  That would be so helpful.  Thanks for your awareness!  <><

Steph0804 GOLD said...
on Oct. 1 2011 at 12:40 am
Steph0804 GOLD, Seoul, Other
12 articles 4 photos 206 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog: you understand it better, but the frog dies in the process." -E.B. White

Yes! Yes! Yes! Also, there's a problem with the formatting; whenever I write " it comes out as &quote...

on Sep. 30 2011 at 7:15 pm
Hazel-daisy GOLD, --, Other
19 articles 0 photos 324 comments

Favorite Quote:
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else - Erna Bombeck

In three words i can sum up everything I've learned in life: it goes on -Robert Frost

Live, Love, Laugh - ______

Hope, Love, breathe <3 - Me

i completely agree! i have a lot of spelling mistakes in one of my stories! 

julian GOLD said...
on Sep. 30 2011 at 6:31 pm
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
17 articles 17 photos 223 comments

Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.

You're welcome! I think we all could benefit from this change. Now we just have to convince the editors!

on Sep. 29 2011 at 11:27 am
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 297 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

this is a really good idea. i hope they put this into effect :) i know that if you e-mail teenink directly, they usually answer those within a few dayss. you could try asking them for this that way, and you might have a better chance of getting a responsee. good luck!

paige14 GOLD said...
on Sep. 28 2011 at 8:50 pm
paige14 GOLD, Portsmouth, Ohio
17 articles 0 photos 50 comments

Favorite Quote:
Say what you need to say--John Mayer

Wonderful! Both a great idea and it was very well worded: polite yet convincing. You've got me wanted an edit button now....it was a fantastic piece and hopefully this gets enough attention to make the change!

on Sep. 25 2011 at 5:18 pm
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
20 articles 1 photo 375 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
-one of my friends

Sure, I know.            

on Sep. 25 2011 at 5:18 pm
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
20 articles 1 photo 375 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
-one of my friends

Sure, I know. :)

julian GOLD said...
on Sep. 25 2011 at 5:15 pm
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
17 articles 17 photos 223 comments

Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.

Thanks for the comment! And I might change the title, if I could do so!!! But i'd have to resubmit it and stuff. Hence the article!

on Sep. 25 2011 at 3:34 pm
hood3243 PLATINUM, Camas, Washington
25 articles 2 photos 11 comments
Great job! This would really improve teenink and you wrote it very well too. I like how you were able to point out the problems without sounding like you were being mean. Overall, I think you did a fantastic job!

on Sep. 24 2011 at 5:15 pm
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
20 articles 1 photo 375 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
-one of my friends

This was gorgeous! I loved the article and completely agree. (you might want to change the title, it makes this sound like something different than it is). I totally think that teen ink could benefit from this!

on Sep. 24 2011 at 1:36 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

Great article, Julian!  I wish Teen Ink would really listen to this and let us edit our work.  Inkpop lets people edit their work!  This was a great persuasive article and I hope one day we can edit our work.  Thank you for posting this! :)


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