What’s this? Another blog prompt? You’d think I’d start actually doing this on more…consistent basis!
Again, using the Boldly Reading discussion thread, it got me thinking about the hope of generating more reviews. So here’s your short and simple blog prompt: what do you like to see in a review of your work? what do you comment upon yourself in a review? has a received view changed your opinion on a story you wrote or were writing? and finally, has a review sold or warned you off another author’s story?
Reviews, reviews. We all crave them. Why else do we write? Sure, I enjoy getting the ideas out of my head and in print, as if making my dreams into something more tangible, but I love when other people read my work and enjoy it. Sure, not everyone likes what I write, and let’s be honest, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of other writing out there (Sorry, but it’s the cold hard truth). There are probably a few people who have read maybe one or two of my things and had to shake their head, put it down, and say “I can’t read this anymore.” It happens, and I’m certainly not offended by it.
My vision of Star Trek is very different from yours. It’s just a fact of life we as writers label “creative differences.” And it’s great.
I love to see positive reviews of my work. I love when people just pile praises upon praises. Every now and then I get a negative review, and I have to try and see things from the reader’s perspective (which isn’t always easy for a very proud man to do, believe me). I like to see when people who read my work picked up on little “easter eggs” that I throw in here and there, or realize why I did things a certain way. It makes me giddy knowing other people could see into my brainz as I worked.
I am the worst about leaving reviews for other people. I can safely say I have read maybe four times as many stories as I have left comments on them (before the ficlet flashdance, at least. I tried hard to keep up with that). Part of my problem is that I’m still one of the “newer” faces around here, which means many of the stories I’m trying to get into have already been read and reviewed by MANY people. It’s a little…off-putting, trying to come up with something to say that hasn’t already been said by three or four other people already. More often than not, I just leave it alone rather than repeat what’s been said. What do y’all think? Do you care if you get a couple reviews that all look pretty much identical?
When I first arrived, I wrote USS WHISTON, a piece for a monthly challenge that asked to explore the JJ-Verse and the fall-out of Nero. In that story, in the opening scene, I had the chief of security of the ship pull his phaser on his bumbling roommate. And, when the roommate continued to make noise, he flipped the phaser from stun to kill to threaten him off.
I got at least one review that basically said “WTF? How can he get away with something so undisciplined?”
And I thought about it, and the person was absolutely right. It shouldn’t have happened. He should have been strung up by his toes for it, in fact. So, I have actually taken that input into account while writing part 3, GHANGWL. The opening scene shows the chief reprimanded, and banned from operating anything more than a hand phaser pending “remedial weapons training.” That’s probably the best example of using a review to help shape the next piece of the story that I’m writing.
As for turning me away from a story? I haven’t seen any reviews that would do that to me (yet?), since most everyone on the site is actually pretty positive. It’s pretty cool.
That does it for that prompt! That was fun!