I recently finished reading a story a friend asked me to give my opinion on. This is the first time I’ve reviewed another writers work (still building up the courage to do so on here) and the problem is I’m always questioning my own opinions and I’ve ended up feeling quite inadequate and with a permanent feeling of confusion floating around my head. The main problem I encountered with her work was a particular part of the plot that was just all too familiar. The first thing that popped into my head after reading it was ‘write-by-numbers’. My question is, is it enough to just change the hows and whys of the story (in this case why he left). I mean, to me, even with those types of changes it still came off very stale. Or does this only work well when the particular changes are enough to impact and change the development of the story? Basically- is it just the way she’s written it? Sorry if that didn’t make sense, but I feel like I’m running two steps behind my brain right now.