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Honest Critique

for the thick-skinned writers

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All Members , Moderated
This is a group for writers of any and all types, to post their work and receive honest feedback. There were several other communities like this on LJ already, but they were all restricted to one or two specific types of writing--Harry Potter fanfiction, Lord of the Rings fanfiction, poetry. ANY sort of writing can be posted here--fiction, non-fiction, original fiction, fanfiction for any fandom, poetry, etc.

A warning: The very idea behind this community is to give true, honest feedback. That is what you'll get here. If you're looking for the "Wow, this is so great! Write more soon plz!!!1" kind of reviews, I'd like to recommend you to either FanFiction.net or FictionPress, depending on what type of writing you do. But for those of you who want somebody to tell you what they truly think of your writing without sparing your feelings; somebody to be nit-picky and go into all kinds of details about what they like and don't like about your writing; then this, my friend, is the community for 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.

If you have any questions, email the community owner at the address listed above.