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I still feel like it is up to the recipient to realize getting "no positive feedback" doesn't necessarily mean a negative review (I say that as someone who tries to put a positive in every review)….And "I didn't like your story" is an opinion. I would rather not direct people on how to review because then I may be missing feedback I need (that's why I put "all feedback welcome" on my stories).
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Such good thoughts and ideas from all of you!

I like the way the methodology of giving the feedback is presented.

For myself, I've weathered many a storm of criticism, and it's very hard to say or do anything that gets to me--the intent is often there, but the impact doesn't occur.

HOWEVER, that doesn't mean I think it's acceptable in a public forum to dump on a writer. I've always operated under the idea that we praise in public and correct in private. I do that in business and in my family, and I do it here. (I don't think I've ever had to "correct" anyone, of course.)

We don't win anything in this life if we spend it in cutting others down. Trust me in this. The sages and philosophers and teachers and priests and imams and rabbis are right: Love always wins. Be kind to your fellow writers. They are more than their prose, and they are unique creations of this universe--you will never meet them again if you let them go.

Do writers do terrible jobs and submit awkward stuff? Sure. We all do. My first attempts here were terrible. But these fantastic people saw some good in them, showed me how to fix my inchoate development, and I'm getting better. None of them had to yell at me or shame me or tell me "You are not a good writer."

If you do feel the need to do a deeper analysis and do the work to show someone where they could make massive improvements--there's always the PM system where you can ask the writer "Do you want my more thorough feedback?"

It's just not cool to eviscerate someone in public and say something like "You'll thank me for this later."
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Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:


We don't win anything in this life if we spend it in cutting others down. Trust me in this. The sages and philosophers and teachers and priests and imams and rabbis are right: Love always wins. Be kind to your fellow writers. They are more than their prose, and they are unique creations of this universe--you will never meet them again if you let them go.

Do writers do terrible jobs and submit awkward stuff? Sure. We all do. My first attempts here were terrible. But these fantastic people saw some good in them, showed me how to fix my inchoate development, and I'm getting better. None of them had to yell at me or shame me or tell me "You are not a good writer."


And more than anyone, writers know that words have power.

I hope it is also  clear, too, that short " I loved it" reviews have value all their own.   I think many of us have taken those under our pillows to help us through or to just peek at for a bit of glee.  We all need a rahrah Beer 
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