META/POLL: The Purpose of Criticism

Andrew Burton tuglyraisin at
Sun Feb 17 12:07:15 PST 2008

Tom Russell wrote:
> 3. Is offering suggestions and alternatives, and pointing out flaws,
> tantamount to attacking a work or author?

Not in my opinion.  Isn't the point of feedback to let people know when
they're doing something good and when they're doing something bad?
Personally, I like it when people point out flaws, because then I have the
option of sticking with my gut or deciding to take a step back and
evaluate what I'm doing.

Case in point, some reviewer (I forget who, I'm sorry) said that one thing
they didn't like about LL&DD #5 was the idea that Deedee was the master
criminal of Detroit.  Knowing that is extremely helpful as I think about
writing the follow up to that story, because it let's me know what I need
to flesh out.  Granted, it's something of an ego blow to know everything I
do isn't perfect and wonderful (I'm not being sarcastic), but in having
such an outside observation, it's possible for me to grow as an amateur

> 1. Authors whose work has been under review, do you find "Russell's
> Reviews" to be mostly helpful or unhelpful?

I do!  Take the most recent review as an example.  I wrote that V-day
special on a whim, and doubted it would register because of it's rather
boring nature.  It's a couple goofing around, kind of boring compared to
real hero stuff.  But, your review let me know that "boring stuff" is
appreciated and enjoyable.  As I said in another post, knowing that people
like LL&DD as a (to borrow from my better) "sexy superhero comedy" is as
helpful in planning future stories as knowing that other parts need
fleshing out.

That's my opinion the newbie.

Andrew Burton
tuglyraisin at - A Guide to Esoteric Technology in Paragon City - Take a guess. ;)

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