Bethany Dale (bethanydale) wrote in honest_critique,
Bethany Dale
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Welcome to the community.

As community maintainer, I'll take it upon myself to make the first post.

Welcome to the community! The goal here is to make a place where writers can post their work--any type of writing is allowed here, not just a few--and get real, honest, detailed feedback. If you're looking to get your ego stroked, this is not the place for you. If, however, you're dying for a nice nit-picky critique of your writing, and have both a thick skin and a sense of humor, then welcome. We're glad to have you.

The Rules

For Writers

1. All writing must be posted inside an lj-cut. No exceptions, even if it's short.
2. Please, understand that most people who give you critiques really ARE trying to help you out. It's natural to want to get defensive of your writing when someone says something less than positive about it, but don't jump all over someone just because they pointed out something they didn't like about your writing.
3. In a similar vein, resist the urge to come up with comebacks for everything someone doesn't like. For instance, "You say it doesn't seem in-character for such-and-such to do such-and-such, but it really IS, you see, because..." No. Don't come up with excuses. Instead, try asking them why they thought that way, and what you could do to fix it.
4. Writers are strongly encouraged to read other people's work as well, and leave their own critiques.
5. While you don't have to join to comment and leave critiques, you do to post your writing.
6. All types of writing are accepted here. Original fiction; fanfiction from all fandoms; poetry; non-fiction; whatever. It's all good, as someone I know says a lot.
7. If you're going to join, make sure you have a thick skin and a sense of humor when it comes to your writing.
8. All writing has to be marked with a rating, to give a general idea of the maturity level of the content, as well as a warning about any controversial content (graphic sex, homosexuality, graphic violence, etc.).

For Readers

1. Be honest. If you thought a story was the worst piece of drivel you've ever read and not fit to line your cat litter box with, then don't tell the author it was good. (DO try to phrase it a bit nicer than that, however.)
2. Be detailed. If you want to, cut and paste specific parts of the writing and comment on them individually. Any comments that it occurs to you to make, do so. Tell the author what you liked, what you didn't like, your impressions of the characters, what you think is going to happen next, what they're good at, what they're bad at, what they could do to make the story better. There's really no such thing as going into too much detail in a critique, so feel free to go overboard.
3. Be as nit-picky as you like. One misplaced apostrophe? Go ahead and tell the author about it. One teeny tiny bit of incontinuity, where a character was said to have waist-length hair in one side, but then merely shoulder-length in the next? Let the author know. Again, there's no such thing as going into too much detail.
4. Even if you really, strongly dislike a bit of writing, try not to be overly harsh. You ARE supposed to be honest, but saying "This story is an utter piece of crap and should be burned at once" is a bit too much, even if that's really how you feel. Try to phrase it in a way that's a little less harsh.
5. Absolutely NO personal attacks on the author. Your critiques are supposed to be about the story. Insulting the author because their story isn't too good, spamming them for writing about something you don't particularly like, etc. will absolutely NOT be tolerated.
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