Ramblings I've signed up, introduced myself and read the available guidelines on reviewing. I've looked to the reviews of others for inspiration and posted a grand total of three reviews myself. A wealth of experience, I know, so following on from that I'd like to share a few thoughts on the process. When I found this forum, I was struck by the fact that reviewing the work of others was not only mandatory but considered to be vital to one's own growth as a writer. I couldn't agree more. My background is in digital illustration - 3d stuff. I worked as an architectural illustrator. I would work up a piece for a client, make endless changes and then sit back and look at the finished piece. I found it impossible to gauge the quality of the piece myself so I looked to my colleagues for their input and advice. A fresh eye was vital. It follows that this should apply to any creative piece. Your work is your baby and it can be impossible to stand back from it and look at it with a critical eye. You will make one of two mistakes; you will either think it's the best thing since four-to-the-floor or that it's total cr*p. Conclusions Read the reviews of those who have made many valuable contributions on the forum. If you feel a particular reviewer knows what they're talking about, search for and read their reviews. No, examine their reviews, take them apart like a piece of writing. You will learn a lot. It's easy to crit for SP&G. Let someone else do it. If you're not in a mad rush to get your own work up on the boards, it might be worthwhile to review a couple of pieces that you really like. In this way, you will be more inclined to read and re-read the piece. Take it to your heart. And then, once you've read it over and over again, you can write a thoughtful review. Maybe there's one little thing you would have done differently - and in your opinion, better - had you written it. Share it with the author. But, at the end of the day, it's only your opinion. To Finish Glancing through what other posters have written on the process, I see that there are varying views on the worthiness of reviewing. I'm of the opinion, with all my experience to date, it's probably one of the most valuable exercises one can complete in order to be able to step back from one's own work and look at it with a neutral eye. Also, on a forum such as this, it pulls everyone together and gets us working as a team. Great idea. If I had a cap I would doff it to the genius that came up with it. That's my two cents. Please feel free to add your thoughts though that's not why I posted. I just wanted to get my thoughts on the matter out there. Postscript Please feel free to crit the above for SP&G mistakes!!