This isn't about critique in the way we think of it, but it is about writer feedback so I thought WF might have some wisdom for me... I was responsible for a publication for a voluntary thing I do (being vague because it's confidential). A team of writers worked on it. One of the writers sent me her contribution and then went on holiday where she was uncontactable. I read it and it wasn't anywhere near the required standard - poor SPAG, word choice, flow, clarity... everything. I didn't really edit it; I rewrote it, with barely a sentence left untouched. The graphic designer re-did the layouts and graphics, as they were also poor. When she gets back she's going to see a completely different document from the one she spent weeks labouring over. I'm going to talk to her as soon as she's back, before she sees the document, and explain. But... how the hell do I explain in a way that won't hurt and/or anger her? We have to work together in the future so I don't want relationships to break down. It had to be done, because I couldn't let a shoddy document go out to the public. But man I feel bad and I'm not looking forward to her finding out.