For the newbies, like me, and the not-so-newbies… I’m sure this thread has brothers and sisters, but none are here on the first page of threads, so I figured it was worth mentioning again, point blank, no bones about it. The first real critique I got here at WF was from Kaij. (Don’t flip out, Kaij. It’s gonna’ start a little rough, but I promise there is a happy ending.) She completely took apart my little half-molded start-of-a-novel. It was lying on the bench like a high school auto-shop carburetor. Pieces everywhere. And she had been quite blunt. I sat at the computer seeing red. I’m Latino; that’s the way we are. I walked away from the lap-top, I chillaxed, and read her critique again. And again, and again. This is the conclusion I came to: This person took the time to get all the way down to the nuts and bolts of my little story. She really read - every - little - word. Every preposition, every conjunction, every article both definite and indefinite. This person spent her precious time reading my work and then spent more of her precious time telling me what she thought. Which is, bye the way, precisely what I had asked for! What a compliment! I have since gone back to Kaij, with my hands outstretched, in the shape of a bowl, like Oliver Twist himself. If you are here to have you worked critiqued, then please be emotionally ready to have it really, truly gone over, because that kind of review is the real thing, the genuine article. If you feel your hackles rising, walk away and then come back, read this post right here, and then read your critique again. Remember, the time your reviewer spent on your work is the most real compliment you will ever get!