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Time to spread some holiday cheer in the form of feedback for authors!

Writers: Leave a comment with your username or writing journal. You must be logged in. All usernames posted by anonymous users will be deleted. Be prepared to handle crit!

Commenters: anonymously or unanonymously reply to their threads with comments on their writing, positive or with suggestions or everything in between. No drama, no excess bashing, especially not on personalities, etc.

Suggestions for leaving (and taking) constructive criticism:
Keep it in first person. "I find it difficult to read your story because of the many spelling errors" is a fact which nobody can disagree with. "You need to fix your many spelling errors" is just asking for a kneejerk "no I don't".

Getting bad reviews? Sit on your hands for 24 hours. No matter how badly you want to snap back. At the end of that time, take what's useful and ignore the rest. If there was anything useful, thank the reviewer for it. "Useful" might well include "I loved this" - it doesn't have to be detailed critique. But it doesn't include "You suck."


The idea is to build on what the writers are doing well, not just correct what they're having trouble with. If there's something you loved - tell them! Otherwise the good bits may end up on the cutting-room floor.

Feel free to make suggestions for what you might have done differently, had you been writing the story, but explain your reasons. Even if the writers still prefer their original versions, it may help them evaluate the choices they made.

Always be aware that we are discussing the work, not the writer as a person. However, this is not a literature class or a book group - the author is part of the conversation, and is probably quite attached to their work and their words.

Remember that constructive criticism is meant to encourage writers as opposed to discouraging them.


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ETA 2: A reminder that anything that relates to writing is fair game. Anything about the personality or personal life of an author is not.

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i really enjoy your writing because it feels very... personable? its easy to read and to feel like i know the characterizations and there never seems to be anything too complicated to get in the way of that. the only criticism that i could conceivably give is that your characters don't seem to feel things incredibly deeply? i mean, it's obvious that as 3D characters, they do, but in my opinion, it isn't shown a lot? i'm thinking of the twist near the end of apres-ski, when chanyeol confronted kris, and he didn't seem very upset (imo) and in your fansite krisyeol, where kris sleeps with chanyeol, and he likes chanyeol for a lot of reasons, but it doesn't seem to have a big impact on him.

now, i could be really off the mark with this, and you could have intended that feeling all a long, and if so, please disregard this, but while i love your writing (good krisyeol is never amiss!) i often end up having to feel satisfied by the style and ease of the writing, rather than by any kind of emotional catharsis.

omg no thank you so much for this comment, i was really hoping for concrit like this :") i see exactly what you mean with apres-ski, i still kind of crinkle my brow whenever i look back at it because i definitely was rushing the wrap-up in order to finish the fic (cry), and it's always sort of a "does this really stand out to anyone else or is it one of those scrapes-by things", so this is great to hear! i think for some of the drabbles it may have been more 'deliberate', not in like a 'deliberate because i intend it to be GOOD' way but a 'deliberate in that i'm lazy and milking the drabble excuse for all it's worth' haha. i also think, esp for the fansite one, i try to convey a lot of emotions through the physicality of the characters and this doesn't work out for people not in my head--for fansite hyung i do mean for kris to feel more detached/avoidant in that he doesn't want to think about it, but i definitely also had to rewrite that last scene bc my beta was like 'wtf even happened'. also i tend to write the last scenes like right before i post bc i'm 'fed up' and just want to push the gd baby out so i think they do always suffer for that and i'll make a point to try and leave at least a day in between for reflection. HAHA SORRY this comment is so masturbatory bc i'm just thinking out loud but what i mean is i really appreciate this feedback and it connects a lot with problems i've thought about before and ~motivates me to tackle them :"))))))

haha, i definitely understand that push right before posting, and the only reason i wanted to mention anything was because i enjoy everything else so much. i'm glad this was somewhat helpful!

crying the more i look at my comment the more like 'WHO CARES'.. one day... i'll actually acknowledge the backspace on my keyboard and not stream of conscious vomit... but yes i'm really glad you did mention it and i hope you do in the future if you ever want to :* :*

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