It's one thing to disagree with the review, but quite another to go on and on about it, to the point of posting the reviewer's phone number and email so that your fans can flood the reviewer with snarky messages. No class.
And this isn't just bad behavior for Alice Hoffman. I've seen other writers do the same with bad reviews.
*Man in ski mask with marshmallows and hotdogs returns.*
The A Hof sure can't take a crit, can she. Funny when some find a little success they think they are the all knowing and all seeing of their craft. Sometimes they move to Mexico. I am told that writers can be so sensitive. Lucky for us they don't hang out here. Right guys?
I do like these inferred titles attached to mysterious members. It is fun to try and figure out who is who. As great as the critiquers are here there is the one that is So Not Able to write a Proficient Prose yet hides his Empty Resume from everyone. Poser.
Good blog post on the Alice Hoffman meltdown in JacketCopy. Includes Hoffman's official statement via her publicist, which, as one commenter points out, is a model for those aspiring writers who want to learn how to make non-apology apologies.
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I just received word that I am named in Michael Jackson's will. I will be receiving one (1) white glove--never worn; two (2) tubes of Jheri Curl Moisturizer; a gift certificate for plastic surgery (valued at $11,326.99) from Dr. I.M. Kuttem; and two words from the Beatles Catalog ("raccoon" and "barrow"--I've also been given some of the background noises from the Beatles' "Revolution #9").
Oh, and I've also been given lessons on moonwalking, but I think I'll just eBay those.
I want to voice in about crits. I don't spend much time in frag and feed mainly because I have been in a writing slump, and I don't have time. But if I give someone a crit I do it because of the work, not because I feel some sort of obligation to the person. If I care about the piece enough to say something about it I do. That includes if it's bad. Sure sometimes there is something I hate, and that's caring too, and I rip it apart. I love reading crits for me, even when it's "that's the most banal thing I've read" (true story) it means someone cared enough to read my thirteen lines and click the reply button.
Howdy! I'll be lucky in the near future to visit Hatrack more than once a week, which means I'll often come into discussions late (if I post). This is my apology, in advance, for not keeping up.
Here are my thoughts on critiques. Critiquers should provide the kind of feedback the author requests for the piece. However, I've noticed most authors don't say what kind of feedback they want.
If you don't want short and shallow critiques, then say so when you ask for feedback.
"Bless, address, or press." An in-person workshop I've attended once (so far) uses this for critiquing. "Bless" is for when your story is finished and all you want to know is who likes (blesses) the piece and who doesn't.
"Address" is for when you have another question you'd like critiquers to address. For example: Is the science believable? A polite critiquer wouldn't address anything else unless the author asked for more.
"Press" is the default in our forums, I believe. It's for when you'll take any and all (honest) feedback. If the author asks critiquers to press the story, critiquers may simply state whether they like it or not, point out possible or apparent spelling and grammar errors, analyze the plot, discuss the characters, or comment on any other aspect of the piece.
Another thing, if you've posted your utter hatred for short critiques somewhere and some when on Hatrack, don't assume anyone will remember. Every time you ask for feedback, tell us what kind you want. Otherwise, you're asking for a "press" and should gratefully accept what you get.
This is an open forum. Submitters, empower yourselves. Ignore crits that aren't helpful, and realize that even if a critiquer states something as fact that it's still just their opinion. But to try to insist on a certain level of "quality" in crits, or that people always state, "I think..., It's my opinion that" is disingenuous. Of _course_ it's someone's opinion.
I guess I subscribe to the skadder school of crittin'.
Now, let's all stop complaining about crits and just start writing.
I learned my critiquing out there, out on the streets. Runnin' with the critiquing gangs... gettin' hassled by the man because we didn't use no stinkin' adjectives. Except for "stinking", 'cause we kinda liked that one.
I seem to have this innate need to help people, and whenever I offer a critique, I genuinely hope the critiquee gets something useful out of it. Most of the time, rather than tell them what they should or shouldn't do, I prefer to offer suggestions or give them things to think about. But that's just me. I find the hardest part of critiquing is keeping in mind its their story, not my story.
Actually, I find that giving a detailed crit helps me, maybe more so than the recipient! It's easy to read something and have a subjective and visceral reaction to it - I like it or I hate it. But then asking myself why I love it or hate it forces me to really think about what works or doesn't work in a narrative. And that helps my writing.
quote:I learned my critiquing out there, out on the streets. Runnin' with the critiquing gangs... gettin' hassled by the man because we didn't use no stinkin' adjectives. Except for "stinking", 'cause we kinda liked that one.
How's this for a crit. This made me laugh out loud.
Oh BTW, we did a quick head count, still under the quota. So Zero can stay.