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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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To sum it up: anonymous commenting is on, don't be rude, and have fun! Mod post is located here.

ETA: Click here for flatview.

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 like your stories but find your prose difficult to get through. i've noticed that your writing is thick with extra words: your sentences are lengthy, often by simple fact of the inclusion of unnecessary fluff words, and while you're skilled enough to not let this get in the way of meaning, it can make the reading experience exhausting.

my advice on this point would be to be ruthless when editing. every word in a sentence should be essential, either to meaning or to mood; those words that are not pulling their weight should be cut. adverbs, light verbs, and words that do not mean exactly what you need them to mean should all be left on the cutting room floor.

it's hard at first, but i think your writing could be much improved by taking a more critical eye to the inner workings of your sentences.

i agree with all of this. tbh, most of what i've posted thus far has not been edited much, if at all, and it shows. editing wasn't something i considered very much bc i wasn't taking my writing seriously up until recently. i think i fall into that trap of unconsciously attempting to throw in as many large, "poetic" words as possible which is ironic bc i hate reading that a lot! Q___Q i've been trying to cut back on length in my current wips and make each word count for more, but like i said to another anon above, i think this is something i'll have to consistently work at before i show significant improvement.

another reason i think your feedback is accurate: i went back and edited this reply and decreased the length by ~1/3 just by cutting out the unnecessary words /o\

tl;dr version: i think you're 100% on the mark, and will try my best to improve on this front! thank you very much for the feedback, i really appreciate it! :)

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