Have you ever been asked to edit someone’s written work? For most of us, it is hard to provide constructive feedback to a writer beyond noting spelling errors or grammatical issues. However, what every writer needs to be successful is honest criticism and sharp editting that can push their writing to the next level.
I am taking an online course called Write of Passage, and in the last class the instructor David Perell, shared a simple approach that anyone can use to provide quick, helpful criticism. It is titled with the acronym of CRIBS. As an editor moves through a written piece, they use the following five items to provide useful feedback:
- Confusing – The section reviewed doesn’t make much sense
- Repeated – The information was shared earlier and nothing much was added this time
- Insightful – This section provided valuable, engaging information
- Boring – This section doesn’t hold the reader’s attention
- Surprising – The information was unexpected and thought provoking
I’m going to use CRIBS myself in the future whenever I am asked to edit someone’s work. I invite you to try it yourself and let me know what you think.