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We all want some sort of feedback on our posts -- don't we?

Submitted: September 07, 2017

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Feedback.

By posting our writing on a site such as Booksie, it seems to go without saying that we are all happy to receive feedback. Sometimes we won’t get any, and sometimes we won’t like what we get; but sometimes it will be positive, productive, encouraging and even helpful in pointing out faults.

I won’t tear a writer’s work to pieces. If I don’t like something I can always stop reading it. That does not give me the right to say it is rubbish; there are millions of books out there, published bestsellers or classics that I really cannot stand and would never choose to read. Clearly a lot of others disagree with me and that’s fine!

If asked I’ll point out obvious mistakes, such as spellings which spell-check won’t pick up on – like ‘to’ and ‘too’. And also basic punctuation. I’m not qualified to do any more than that and I won’t do any more than that.

What I do find really interesting is how people interpret my work. It is often quite different to how I intended it, but again that’s fine. This is especially true for poetry, where there is a less defined meaning to what and how it’s written.

I try and read things aloud, or at least under my breath. I find that I pick up on word repetition much more then, and also when things are just worded....awkwardly. Again, that can be a useful part of feedback.

But I guess the main point is to see that someone is reading your posts, that someone has found the writing worth spending the time on to read and to comment. And that’s what we all want, isn’t it? What good are writers if there are no readers!


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