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Since this is a feedback-a-thon, I'd like to take this opportunity to open a discussion on that subject.

As an author/creator, what elements do you look for in great feedback??

Date: 2011-12-08 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course I enjoy when someone tells me something specific that they like, but I'm grateful for any feedback at all, really.


Date: 2011-12-08 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I need to do that more often, I must admit.


Date: 2011-12-08 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I struggle with dialogue, so I'm always grateful for feedback about that. Pacing is another element that tickles me to have noticed. It's something that as a writer, you either try to have the reader intentionally notice, or completely hide. I'm always curious if the ebb and flow translates properly.

Date: 2011-12-08 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I definitely like receiving specific comments (such as your characterization was well thought out and well developed. I especially liked...*give example*.) But then I also like it when those comments are followed up by a comment about the fic in general.

Date: 2011-12-09 01:40 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love good positive specific feedback too, but honestly, I would also like to hear some of the things that would make my writing better, such as: I don't get the plot line, I thought is was blah blah blah but then it went left or right when this or that happened and I lost it. Or, the characterization seems a little off when they were saying x, maybe if they had said y instead it would be more in character.

I write dialog with the rest of the story in mind and sometimes that makes it seem a little off to a reader who doesn't know what I have planned next. So a little concrit can be good. The more specific you can be, generally the better the review will be. Not just 'I didn't like this or that' but what it was about it that you didn't like, and the same on the positive feedback side - what about it was the thing that made it work for you, or what is getting the idea across.

I'm logged in at DW, but not here at the moment, but this is rranne, so whoever gets me feel free to say what you don't like about my fics. Don't torch them if they don't need it, but let me know what I could be doing better by all means.

Date: 2011-12-09 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quinara
I agree with what people are saying so far - it's always really nice to get quotes, and a general overall summary of people's feelings is good too. For me, I always feel that I end up 'saying things' when I create stuff, either about characters or situations, and my favourite feedback is when people engage with that, so say how they interpreted the plot/vid narrative and whether they agree or disagree with what they thought I was saying. I just like hearing about the thoughts people have when they read my stuff, whether positive or negative. :D

Date: 2011-12-11 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Firstly, this is a fantastic idea!

Re feedback, with the BTVS fandom getting smaller, getting feedback at all is wonderful, so I’ll never grumble about a simple, ‘Really enjoyed that’, or a ‘Thanks for writing’. But getting more detailed feedback about why a particular chapter, or story, or paragraph got under a reader’s skin is really helpful. Getting quotes is also terrific, and as others have said, getting a reason why that quote works is so useful, especially if it is very specific to that character voice.

I tend to write most of the dialogue first and then build the texture of the scene around it, so outside of getting quotage, I’m really interested in how readers feel about the construction or flow of a scene, or something about the details that seems to make the scene richer. Getting a positive response about that is great because I know that it’s not just chunks of dialogue with a scaffolding around it, which is always a worry.

Having said that, I know you can’t please everyone, so it’s interesting to know what doesn’t work for someone and the reasons behind it. Getting that kind of concrit can be so helpful for future stories or characterisation, although, I’ll be honest, I’d rather get concrit by email, not just because of the ‘crit’ part, but also because it’s easier to have an open and thoughtful dialogue with someone outside of the comments box on the chapter. However if someone wants to do it in their comments, that’s fine and I’d always respond and then perhaps take the discussion elsewhere if they are open to doing so.

Date: 2011-12-14 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really like to focus on language in anything I write, so I find it awesome when people comment on that. Things like sentence structure, word choice, punctuation even. I think it contributes a lot to the work as a whole so it's always great when someone points it out.

I also second the comments about criticism: if someone finds something to criticise it means that they've engaged with it properly!

Date: 2011-12-21 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think for me, continuity feedback is a great one that I don't see often enough. Dialogue feedback is amazing, always - it's nice to know those lines that you struggled over or made you laugh or tear up affected your audience in much the same way, but in stories that are directly related to canon, whether veering off or continuing along, it's often hard for me to keep things straight from season to season, or episode to episode.

Sometimes when I write, I attribute things that occurred in Season 1 of BtVS, for example, to a moment in say, Season 4. Which is awkward.

Thought I tend to agree with fellow authors, any feedback at all is great!

Date: 2011-12-26 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I really enjoy it when a reader gives me examples of the parts they enjoyed and why they enjoyed them, like "I really liked when character X did that because I've always felt it would be something character X would do" ... etc.

I especially love when the reader tells me if the characterization worked for them or didn't, the why is always appreciated. I'll be filled with pride when I write the character well and I'll learn from the criticism.

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