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Date: 2013-08-06 06:20 pm (UTC)
inoru_no_hoshi: A Dreamwidth Dreamsheep with Tengwar (Elvish script) for its fleece. (Tengwar)
Yep. I think this sort of attitude is why a depressing number of fanfic writers don't like the idea of concrit, because concrit=crit=only saying you and your work suck, which is not the point at all. And this is such a pervasive thing that unless an author actually puts "Concrit welcome!" in their notes somewhere, I don't feel comfortable offering any, because I don't know if they'll take it the wrong way - and the very last thing I want to do with concrit is leave someone with the impression that I hated their fic, it sucks, and they should stop writing.

Because, no. Usually it means I'm enjoying it enough that the jarring note is all the more jarring, and I'd like to point it out so maybe they can fix it - or at least acknowledge that it's a thing to keep in mind for further writing if it's actually plot-essential but jarringly wrong. (Like, I read this fic a couple days ago that is absolutely glorious and had me on tenterhooks and clutching at my blanket for comfort - and it's predicated on a thing that makes absolutely no sense and I can't decide if I should point it out or just accept it and move on.)

I, personally, welcome concrit, and it was a hard, hard thing to get from, "You didn't like [aspect/the whole thing]? WAHH YOU HATE ME I SUCK." to "You didn't like [aspect/the whole thing]? Can I fix [aspect]? Did I write the whole thing wrongheadedly? Did I do either on purpose? *puzzle out best response*" and just being kind of facepalmingly embarrassed over typos (because they always sneak through. ALWAYS).

I love praise, too, and the thing is... I am possibly more likely to consider concrit without a moment of "D: I suck" if there's also praise. Tell me what you don't like, by all means! But please also tell me what you did like.

(It is... not necessarily an easy mentality to gain. But it does make you more sanguine about your writing.)
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