Manga Writers => General Manga writer discussions => Topic started by: Lumaria on April 15, 2014, 06:46:20 PM


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Title: Perspective on Reviews (for both writers and critics)
Post by: Lumaria on April 15, 2014, 06:46:20 PM
Here are some thins to put Reviews/Critique into perspective, but first i need to clarify what Critique is.

A review can be anything so long as the intent to help the person is there.
*It can be telling the person whats wrong with the story
*Telling them how to fix it
*Telling them what worked.
*Telling them what did not work and why.

This is pretty simple rule. Problem is, people think that a critique has to be all of this at once. Which is not the case. All of these are critique individually.


All critique are compatible with everyone and all reviews are "good" for everyone. But the choice of making them good is on the one who receives it. With that said, let me show you examples of how all critique is good.

IF critique tells someone all that is flawed in a piece of work, and how to fix it. obviously everyone will consider it to be "good".

But what if someone makes critique that only mentions what is flawed? is that a bad critique? Its still good. One may even dare to say its "better". How can that be?

If one person mentions all the bad parts, you already know what to fix, by not telling you how to fix it gives the person freedom to fix it anyway they want if they choose to.

Even if someone doesn't say anything that someone can consider positive doesn't mean that it's not positive at all. The person just needs to analyze the critique to make his/her story better. The writer would be surprised on how much that person can use to change or fix their story.

People critique for various reasons, to help themselves find what they couldn't find in their own work, apparently to feed their ego seems to be a legitimate reason, or to just make a friend. But at the end of the day, the first reason why people critique or at least the most important reason is to help the writer improve.

No one critiques for the sake of putting anyone down, or trying to hurt anyone. People who critique want whatever they said to put to use in a story for the sake of improving. In the end, they are doing it for the writer's benefit. But now it comes to the part where people really don't understand things.

This is something that people really don't understand. And what is or "isn't" a critique. And most people clump up insults, and put-downs or unclear ways issues as Critique or reviews. And there's another thing that people think that what makes critique a critique.

Lets first give you an example because i know some you are smart enough to think that not telling someone how to fix something in the previous "What is Critique" section might classify it as "unclear".

AN example of not being clear is: "Your story Sucks/is bad/not good/cliche."

First off, doesn't explain any deliberate issue., doesn't explain why it was bad, all it says is that it was bad in general. However it is acceptable if the reviewer is asking the person to look it over to see if s/he sees anything at first. not to be unclear, but to see if the writer double-checked their work.

Another issue is insults or put-downs:

You suck at writing, you suck, give up on writing, or drawing because you'll never going to get there.

^^This says nothing on his or her work. absolutely nothing on what issues there or what to focus on. The person is making a conscious choice to evaluate the person, not his or her story.

But theres more to it than negative connotations and unclear reviews that doesn't make critique. There are other things aswell. Such as "being a friend". the fact that someone is giving the writer critique to help improve on their skills shows a friendly gesture already. So there is no need to ask for more in such a situation.