Don't worry, anyone, I won't be up here long.

Just wanted to point you in the direction of Arduinna Finn, who has already said everything I could possibly say, and has said it wonderfully well. I agree with every word.

 

 

 


In case you want to hear in my own words what I think in the privacy of my own twisted head, here it is in point form:

* Yes, I'm sick of blasted hummus.

* Show, don't tell.

* Good writing is about communicating effectively. Ignore the conventions which facilitate effective communication at the risk of your story. And yes, those conventions include spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

* If you can't or won't put in the effort it takes to write well, some people will think you are a bad writer. But you can write or not, you can post or not, and you can put in the effort or not; the choice is always yours.

* There's a big difference between constructive criticism and a flame. To the sender, anyway.

* I can understand new writers needing a little tenderness in feedback, until they get used to the game. But any established writer who wants only praise is demanding insincerity, platitudes, and to be treated condescendingly.

And, finally, in case you haven't figured it out yet, the kind of feedback I most want is...

* criticism. Criticism criticism criticism. I'm a feedback masochist. Any kind of feedback is totally and utterly and ecstatically welcome but if you have something critical to say, I'd LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE you to say it.

<stepping down from soapbox>

That's all. Don't forget to visit Arduinna, and thank you for your attention.

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