I’ve enjoyed reading through this discussion a great deal.
Myself, personally, I am pretty much a newbie where critiquing is concerned. I’ve always been an avid reader, though, and did read for one of my friends. I don’t think my feedback was very helpful, but believe it was because I wasn’t quite clear what was expected of me in doing so. This is definitely something that I’m willing to learn and gain experience in.
As far as receiving feedback, it’s something that I’m learning to not take personally. I’ve had several bad experiences that’s left me rather gun-shy, but one of my biggest reasons for being here is to not only help others as much as I am able, but to learn and improve my own craft while learning from others. That means that I need to take the bad as well as the good. I’m just hoping to find a potential critique partner who is willing to tell me what works and what doesn’t.
There was something that @shakespeare mentioned that really struck me in a positive fashion. She mentioned how her critiques are filled with questions. I think this is great! Questions would really help me to see things from a different perspective, I believe, and make me go deeper.
Anyway, I’m really glad I came across this thread. I’m really learning quite a bit from it. Not only the sort critiques I would like to receive, but the sort I would like to give when my opportunity to do so rolls around.