- Plain, strong, and harsh enough to give me a stomachache.
- Sweet and half hot air, but still powerful enough to reenergize me.
- In small, concentrated servings that keep me up all night.
You get the picture.
|So this is actually how I take my third+ cups of coffee:
Lukewarm and watered-down.
Just like coffee, it’s incredibly important to know how you want your critique before you ask for it, and to tell someone how you like it before they prepare it for you**. And while there is a right and a wrong in coffee (at least, according to the purists***), there is no right and wrong in critique. You need to ask for it the way it’s most helpful to you. If not, you’ll wind up with something you may not be able to stomach.
So think about how you like your critique, and be aware that your critique needs will almost certainly change based on the stage of the project: on your first draft you may only want a list of things that make no sense, but by the time you get to what you hope is the final draft, you may care only about whether there are any typos.
What about you? How do you take your critique?