Very unconstructive criticism

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I got a message in my facebook inbox today, saying “Willing to hear constructive criticism?”  I replied that of course, I’m always willing.  This is the reply.

“I started to read your story and was repelled by the way you write. I normally can and do push my self to read material that is new. I would not read more of yours than 2 pages and would not buy it. You have me at at loss since the actual suggestions I had for you are now in the cobweb recesses of my mind.”

Now, forgive me for being thick, but how is this constructive criticism?  This is a personal opinion, not helpful advice.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and even if said opinion offends my own, I absolutely stand by your right to your own, but don’t label it as constructive criticism just to give a valid reason to bash me for kicks. If you think you have advice that might help me evolve and develop as a writer, then I’m all ears baby, but if you just want to punch me in the face for shits and giggles, you can fuck off.

I started writing my first novel in June 2011, and this is the first time I’ve had a message like this, so if this happens once every three years during my career as a writer, I won’t be doing too badly.

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6 comments

  1. How is that constructive? Usually you have to give some kind of suggestion or advice for it to be constructive, not just blurt out an opinion!

    Sorry this happened, but yeah, not bad if it’s only 1 over 3 years 🙂 Hopefully you won’t get anymore, it seems a tad rude, and not at all helpful to the writer.

  2. The problem with what most readers surmise as “constructive” is that usually is not. I find that some of my worst reviews come with my most popular works. Go figure.

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