What are the major purposes of writing something that should be taken into account when giving critique? I can think of(in no particular order; and with the understanding that there can be and is significant cross-over): 1. For Publication- to get something published for any reason 2. For Exploration- to explore a theme, the conseuqences of technological or social change, a possible reality 3. For Expression- to express a sentiment, a feeling, an image, a moment 4. For Therapy- to deal with mental or emotional issues 5. For Information- to inform others of pertinent information on any topic 6. For Persuasion- to persuade someone to adopt an opinion, whether religious, scientific, moral, or other 7. For Entertainment- to give enjoyment to a reader Does anybody have any other major purpose for writing? Does anyone take the purpose of the author into account when critiquing a piece of writing?