Hello everyone! So I've explored the Workshop many times, read a few of the threads up for critique, starting writing a critique, and chickened out and deleted without ever posting. Recently, I finally posted two critiques, and the entire time I wrote them out I thought, "Is this just a style difference, or is this something I need to bring up?" I've noticed this tendency when I critique smaller things, too, like in the Share Your First Three Sentences thread. So many times I wonder if my critique was terrible because I'm overly picky, overly "helpful," or simply blind to a simple difference in writing style. I want to be helpful and kind, without sounding stuck-up or rude. How do I do this? I've read advice to never use the word "you" when critiquing because that implies there's a problem with the author, but what can I do to catch a writing style difference? How do I know when it's just a style difference and when it's something that needs improvement? I'm so tired of taking half a day just to critique a thousand words!