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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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your exo fics have been really cute and i've enjoyed them a lot so far. i think you have a keen handle on the characterization of most members, too! if i had to say i would just say that your tao characterization is a little weaker to me than the others--not poor by any means but where your other characters are very distinctive he seems a little bit more blank slate? and writing wise, i guess the one thing is that sometimes i find myself skimming over some lines (esp dialogue) to get the gist instead of reading each exact word? like there's something a little wordy in the phrasing that could be cleaned up, maybe one too many "that"'s or something.

i think you're right about how i characterize tao - i thought about how i'd written him up until now, and how he's being portrayed in my current wips, and i realized i tend to write him into a more passive role compared to the other characters even if he ends up being one of the central characters 6__9 i'm not sure of why that is, but i'll keep it in mind for the future!

as for the wordiness, i'll try and work on that too. i don't think that i'm too great at writing dialogue in general, and it's something i'd like to improve upon.

thank you for your feedback, anon! i really appreciate it! :)

passive is a good way to put it! but what does stand out to me about him seems pretty on the spot :) and no, i think your dialogue, like what your characters actually say to each other, is really charming and funny!!! i guess i just stumble over the specific phrasing sometimes (and it's very minor words... i don't know what they're called lol but stuff like 'into' or 'to' or 'that') but that's kind of a nit-pick

ahh, i see what you mean! sticking in filler words has been something that's plagued my academic writing too tbh. i don't really think about it as much when i write fic, but it's something i'll try and consider more when i'm writing from here on out o/

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