Working Draft of Writing Feedback Tool

As some of you know, I’m finishing up my masters project and a creative writing tool to go along with it. For those of you who may find it useful, below is a link to a working draft of the tool which you can peruse for your writing enjoyment.

Download the assessment tool

It’s been created with input from New York editors/agents and some writers, and my hope is that it will actually be useful in improving your own writing and that of your friends. When I finish the tool in a couple of months, I’ll update the post with the new link.

Happy writing!


32 comments on “Working Draft of Writing Feedback Tool

  1. By krystlelight – November 28, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Thank you so much for this! And, for the lectures by Brandon Sanderson… we can’t have enough of people like you. Thank you!

  2. By Chappy – July 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Any word on the current state of the project?

    Is there anything more that we, your loyal legion, can do to help the project?

    Just ask, for we are many and that makes us mighty.

  3. By Azuurtje – May 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    You did a great job. I am sorry that I could not get as involved as I intended to. I moved countries, changed jobs, had to swoop flats & lost my husband on the way. But you provided me with a great insight for writing a book. Thanks a million.

  4. By Cris Crissman (@Cris2B) – May 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulations, Scott! You’ve definitely won my generosity award for sharing what you’ve found helpful for successful writing — from Brandon Sanderson’s workshops to specific, thoughtful prompts for critical reflection. Your contributions have made a big impact on the teens in my teen writers group. Definitely agree that creativity can be developed with purposeful, focused attention and tools like this can help. Many thanks and can’t wait for the app 😉

  5. By Rebecca Milne – May 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for everything Scott. Sorry I was late getting to the survey. I hope my comments were helpful, although late. Best of luck for your next projects!

  6. By Lisa Pais – May 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I would love to download this but silly me, I did this at work during a lunch break. I would like to download this information to my home email, listed above. Can you send me this link? Thank you.

  7. By Jeramie Crabtree – May 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I think this idea is great!!! I appreciate being able to participate in it. I think it will be a great asset for authors as it gives them some focus and reflection points for their writing, instead of just “I liked it,” or “I didn’t like it.”

    I think on the questions, it might be better to give 4 or 5 because there were some where I didn’t want to give it the top answer, but I also didn’t want to give it the middle.

    Great job!1!

  8. By Theresa – May 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Looks great Scott! Will be a very helpful tool to me.

  9. By Leonel – May 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Totally worth my time Scott. Good job on this.

  10. By Carol Malone – May 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Fabulous program. I’m starting my career helping other writers with editing services. I’m also starting to teach a group on how to critique better. You’re questionnaire is thorough and well thought out. Thank you.

  11. By Aaron – May 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    This looks like a thorough and well thought out tool. I’m looking forward to using it for my writing.

  12. By Anitra Lykke – May 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Thank you for the great work you have done, Writeaboutdragons and this new and very useful assessment tool. I am very grateful.

  13. By nathan – May 8, 2014 at 5:23 am

    cool tool…

    you’re doing God’s work there son…

  14. By AdriP – May 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you very much, Scott. The tool promises to be very useful, you’re a great person for offering your work freely. All the best for you.

  15. By Jean Reinhardt – May 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I was glad to be part of your survey and I wish you all the best with the project. Thanks for the great writer’s tool, it will come in very useful indeed.

  16. By Jean Reinhardt – May 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you so much for such a helpful writer’s tool. It was a pleasure to take part in your survey, all the best with your project.

  17. By K. Willsen – May 7, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Looks good. It will certainly help me to improve me own writing, and writing habits. It’s useful to have an insight into the mechanics of a good story, and what publishers are looking for.

    Thanks for sharing this. All the best with your studies.

  18. By Thinker – May 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Can’t wait to look at it! Hope the feedback is helpful to you and the writer involved. Also, thank you for everything you’ve done. The videos and everything else has been very helpful.

  19. By Lyn – May 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve taken or audited several ‘critique’ courses and this ranks tied in the top two.

    You have presented a logical sequence, with more in-depth insights than many include. You help get the critiquer/evaluator beyond the superficial and down into the substantive reasons for the submission not working.

    It is easy for critiquers to say, “I didn’t like your story”. It is much harder to explain why.

    This systematic evaluation also helps when a writer requests one aspect of critiquing, e.g. Please check for plot holes and pacing. Your segment on plot provides the critter with tools to focus on responding to the author’s request. And on those days, when I am fatigued and not as focused, it would help keep me on track–a checklist, if you will.

    I scanned it, rather than reading it as an editor. Over time, I will definitely scrutinize it further. But I am grateful. It is an invaluable device. Thank you for sharing it.

  20. By AKM – May 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Greatly appreciated! I hope our feedback works as well for you and the author involved in the survey as this tool will for us.

  21. By Melissa – May 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Wow! I am impressed. Very well done. This was just saved to my “Important Writing Tools” folder. =)

  22. By Aaron A – May 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Writting tool? Typo or clever name? 🙂

    • By scottmas – May 7, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Thanks for the catch Aaron, fixed it

  23. By Jace – May 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Love the tool, it’s simple and powerful. thank you.

  24. By Colette Vernon – May 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Congrats on reaching the end of a long journey. Wishing you lots of luck on the next one and good job on the writing assessment tool.

  25. By Travis – May 6, 2014 at 6:04 am

    This is awesome. Will work well on Critique Circle to help me get a better Idea of things I accomplish with each submission.

  26. By Melisa – May 6, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Thanks Scott.

  27. By BCL – May 6, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Thank you!

  28. By Nathan – May 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    This is exactly what one needs, it is very detailed and an excellent source material. Great job.


  29. By Chappy – May 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Just skimming over it so far but, what a fantastic resource!

  30. By Levi Stribling – May 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Scott –
    Beautiful work here. I think you’ve really gotten into the nitty-gritty of what many peer reviewer needs before making any sort of formal/professional assessment of a book. Thanks.


  31. By Cody Swatek – May 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    The assessment tool looks awesome, I can’t wait until it’s finished!

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