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04 May 2010 @ 11:20 am
Constructive criticism...  
So...I may be wrong on this bit, but when providing constructive criticism, isn't it proper to provide both positive and negative feedback? Even if like less than one percent of the feedback is positive?

I finally got my husband to start reading my manuscript last night and he agreed to read three chapters a day. I worked on it for about two years and am currently in that dreaded edit/revision stage where I need feedback and keep reading the same damn thing a hundred times.

Yeah, he fucked up.

When your significant other gives you something they have worked on forever and been super excited for you to read and asks that you provide constructive criticism, it's not a good plan to ONLY tell her, "You have no detail, no character development, and I can't picture any of this." That is literally how he said it too. It wasn't like he suggested how I could make things better or said why he thought part of it sucked or anything. I was just looking at him like, "Seriously, there wasn't a single thing you liked? Not one good line? Nothing?"

That's what I got to do last night.
I feel: angryangry
I'm listening to: Summer Breeze (Cover) by Type O Negative
spikesredqueen: billow - hugsspikesredqueen on May 4th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
*sigh and hugs you* Hopefully he will see the error of his ways! *growls* I hate when people do that.
Christie: cangel {parting gifts} knew you'd find mficbitch82 on May 4th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
To me, that's just criticism. There's nothing constructive about it.

Constructive criticism points out where things can be done better, not just... "This sucks. That's it." Geez!

*hugs you*
vltavskavltavska on May 5th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
Aw, that sucks :(
I'm guessing he just doesn't have the same kind of reading/writing ideas you have, and just doesn't think of it as something to care about :(
Hope he's realised now that the way he did that was all wrong and worked out what to say!
Kay: Buffy/Joyce Hug: [SMG] cryngle on May 5th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
That sounds harsh. I know how scary it is just putting yourself out there as a writer and have your work criticized in general. It's tough. It's a mental that takes it's toll on every decision you make and you've been at it a long time. I'd be really frustrated and angry too. Criticism like that is never nice to hear especially as you say from your significant other. I hope you were able to at least talk to him about what he didn't like so you could at least tweak it or discuss it.