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‘Great British Bake Off’ Or Feedback From My Editor? You Decide!

Modified from flickr // Jenny Kaczorowski + Erika Herzog

Sure, The Great British Bake Off is a pleasant, low stakes competition — it’s hard to make your blood boil about icing, bread, or marzipan — but any writer who watches the judging portion will likely find themselves seized by frightening flashbacks to the last time they submitted their work. Serving up your masterpiece to someone whose job is to pick it apart can be tough, whether standing in front of shark-eyed Paul Hollywood or clicking through editor “suggestions” on your manuscript, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles!

Let’s guess if the feedback below came from Great British Bake Off Judges or my editor:  

  1. Underbaked
  2. Raw, totally raw
  3. The layers are there…at least
  4. Good idea but not executed as well as it could have been
  5. Crispy all the way through
  6. This isn’t finished
  7. It’s a bit boring
  8. Not enough proofing
  9. A work of art
  10. Definitely a mouthful
  11. Very rich
  12. You had so much time to work on this. What happened?
  13. Not bad
  14. This batch is inconsistent
  15. How whimsical
  16. Disappointing
  17. I could picture this in a Parisian shop
  18. It’s perfect
  19. Way too sweet
  20. I expected more from you, to be quite honest