Author has written 63 stories for Dragon Ball Z, and Superman.
Hi everyone. Today, I'm going to address something that I think a lot of writers will approve of. You see, it has come to my attention that a lot of readers don't leave reviews to stories they enjoy because they don't know what to say except that it's good. I've recently talked about this with my new friend Mr. Me2 who had the same problem with giving feedback, so I gave him a few pointers, and now he writes really great reviews (if you ever get a review from him, you know who to thank too lol xD ).
And so I thought I'd do the same to you, who happen to have clicked on my bio. I think it'll help both readers and writers communicate and share perspectives, and maybe become friends too? There's nothing like a long debate to make friends, and that's one of my favorite parts about fanfiction.
All right, let's get started. If you don't know what to say in a review:
1. Tell the writer which parts you liked and/or didn't like. The more detailed it is, the more the writer will appreciate and love the review.
2. Point out what you felt could be improved on, or on the contrary, what you felt was absolutely perfect. We want to know what we do right and what we do wrong.
3. This one is especially important: DON'T BE AFRAID TO CRITICIZE. As long as it's constructive and done in a civil way. This point may sound like #2, but what I'm trying to say is, don't hold back for fear of hurting a writer's feelings. And if an author replies to you in a negative way when you've only tried to help (which never happened to me honestly, and I never hold back in my reviews), then it's their loss and they're never going to improve. You can nitpick, you can disagree, you can argue your point, and you can make the writer doubt their choices -- isn't that the whole point of sharing one's work online?
4. If you've noticed little hints that the writer has left in their story, tell them that you noticed. I always wonder if people pick up on the little hints about what's to come that I scatter around and I don't always know the answer.
5. You could also try to guess what's going to happen next. That's always fun, for both the reader and the writer, and it might even give the latter ideas. It's happened to me more than once, a reader wondering if "that" is going to happen, and then I think to myself, "hey, that's a good idea actually."
6. This one complements #5: you can suggest ideas. Now, try not to stray off topic, as I've gotten reviews that suggest a plot that would better fit a whole new story and I'm left thinking, "okay, but what did that have to do with my fic?"
Well, that's a wrap for the little lesson on giving feedback, lol. Oh, and one last thing: if you leave a guest review with a question to the writer, it would be wise to add a way they can reply to you directly, like maybe Twitter or Instagram or maybe deviantART -- something that wouldn't make you share an email address or a full name publicly (we still got to be careful on the Internet, don't we?). I'm saying this because it's frustrating when a guest review asks a relevant question and I can't answer them directly. I've used author's note to reply to them, but I don't really like doing that because it doesn't necessarily concerns or interests the other readers, and sometimes I'm not even sure they saw the update and my reply. Or maybe just leave signed reviews when it's to ask something, lol, that sounds a lot simpler doesn't it?
I hope this message will get across. Don't hesitate to copy and paste it on your bio, I don't even care if you don't credit me lol.
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