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How to make/take a good comment.

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BabyMullet

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This is the story section of the board, and a quick skimming of any thread on here shows that the posts of writers are vastly outnumbered by the posts of people reading a story and leaving a comment. Now we already have a whole thread dedicated to "how to write a good story", so I'm creating this thread to bring another idea up,

The "How to Make a Good Comment"

A quick look through most threads reveal that most comments are along the lines of "Awesome story", " I like it", and the ever so driving "Post next part please!".

Let me start off by saying that I am not saying you have to post a certain way. Such an idea would be stupid, and difficult to enforce. You can post whatever you want about a story, but one purpose of the comments here is to show writers what they can improve upon so that their stories can be even better.

Let's look at the post "I like your story, can't wait for more." From the standpoint of a writer, I appreciate the encouraging words. But please, if you have the time, expand on why you like the story. Just saying you "like my story" is similar to saying "I don't like being punched in the face." We all have reasons on why we dislike being punched in the face, it hurts, violence, punching back, etc, etc.

The writer has, hopefully, invested a good deal of time in creating something that you enjoy. The easiest way to thank that writer is to tell them what you liked about the story. Talk about the characters, the plot, the correct use of grammar and spelling, style of writing, or the words the writer used to describe a scene.

All of the above mentioned addons, although very simple and only a few words more, helps the writer know what you, the reader likes. If the writer knows what you like, he can incorporate into the story more readily, and make a more enjoyable story.

An example: "I like your story; you picked an interesting plot and concept that is different from most stories. I liked the descriptions you have about the setting of the story, but sometimes I feel like you were bogging things down with your explanations. Aside from that, you have a realistic diaper story, another thing I enjoy."

A longer than normal post, but I get my point across. I tell the writer something I like, but also place a suggestion to improve his story in the future.

How to critique a story.

Critiquing a story is a difficult, but a necessary thing for any writer to get better. It's tough to put something you may have worked on for a long length of time and show it to the community at large. Having a community of posters that constructively help you improve your writing technique is the best thing for any writer.

If you are going to offer editing/critique advice, please keep the following in mind.

~Tone: A good story can take hours/weeks/months to craft, and writers have a fragile enough ego as it. Make sure your post has a helpful tone, which allows room for further discussion. Words that are kindly given out are more likely to be taken to heart then harsh ones to boot.

~Be specific: 'Work on plot' doesn't tell a writer much. Here is an example: I one time had a character handcuffed to a hospital bed, but then had him moving his arms around freely a few paragraphs later. A helpful post from another member pointed exactly to my mistake, and I fixed the error quickly.

~Know what you're talking about: If you are going to post a critique about grammar, syntax, or spelling, know what you're talking about. The last thing we need is more misinformation on how to construct a sentence.

How to take critique/criticism.

This is an open story forum that anyone in the community can post and comment on. This is not a place for people to laud and shout praise on how awesome your story is. If people offer advice on how to improve your story, do not take it personally, they're trying to help.

If you disagree with what they said, then agree to disagree. You can't force them to read or like your story, and they can't force you to edit/change your story.

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If anyone wishes to add anything else under any of the three following categories, post it below and we'll see if we can squish it in the above post.
 
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