Oh, the dreaded "?????"

On the face of it, it might seem like the least helpful critique comment you can receive.  But I disagree.

So many other areas of feedback can be a matter of taste.  One time, I got two different critiques back at the same time.  One highlighted a section and wrote, "Pick up the pace here."  The other marked the same section, "S-l-o-o-w down."

But if I see "?????", I know an area needs a major overhaul.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Because I'd rather have a crit partner say it than an agent.


  1. I'm with you - I'd rather have an agent tell me they love the book because my crit partners wrote those ????'s all over the place than not!

  2. I agree too. I want my crit partners to rip it up so an agent doesn't have to :)