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19 May 2011 @ 04:46 pm
Critque has me spinning  

I love getting critiques.  Believe it or not, I really like getting feed back especially if it constructive.  Even if it seems like they read something completely different from what I wrote, I usually get something out of it, like "Next time make sense so everyone understands the point."

I got a critque today I don't understand.  I don't get how it fits into constructive criticism, and I just don't know what to do.  I don't want to be whiny, but I also want to point out that this person may need feed back on actually using the system.

If it were something fixable, I would understand, but this is like about the entire genre of story.  If I understand correctly, he critiqued a zombie short story even though he doesn't like them?  Why mention it?  It isn't something I can fix.


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Keira Marcoskeiramarcos on May 19th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
The WORST review I received on a project went something like this:

"While I don't normally read romance--this book was okay. I didn't appreciate the amount of sex in it and I thought it focused too much on the relationship elements and not enough on the suspense."

SIGH.

Everyone knows my thoughts on feedback concerning my fan fic but when it comes to my other work-- I make every effort to take every piece of feedback very seriously. It's my craft, my job, ya know? But reviews like this don't do anything but irritate me. The fact is that someone who doesn't read a genre isn't going to be able to give you any kind of legit feedback on how your work FITS in that genre. Sure, they could comment on your character development OR your mechanics but anything else is going to be frankly worthless. They don't have the experience to offer an opinion worth your attention.

That probably sounds horrible since this person took time out of their day to give you feedback but I would say about that is this: You didn't ask that specific person to take the time to email/comment on your work. IF they don't like what you wrote and took the time to tell you--that's on them and no matter how much they invested in their opinion or formulating it-- You don't owe them anything, not even your consideration.
atuinsailsatuinsails on May 19th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'm just not used to getting stuff like this. But then you have to get some bad critiques eventually, statistically speaking.

As for the feed back you got, that is just insane. Didn't like the amount of sex in it???!!!! It is a romance. She should have been happy you are the writer you are, or I'm sure her brain would have exploded.

You realize that I don't read romance except for jd robb and you, right? Not even gay romance, unless it crosses genres into scifi or fantasy.
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