(#) _Amy_Revenge_ 2009-06-111.I would give them an honest review, after asking them if they want me to edit it. To be honest, I actually just got done doing that for one of my friends. Although she knows that she's not the strongest writer around, so she really doesn't take it to harshly.
2.I believe that reviews and ratings go to show how well of a writer you are, and when the reviewers criticize your work, it's usually because they've read something a little more professional, and in order for your story to get better you need to improve a few things.
3.I think that when a truly crappy story is posted, the writer just wants to see how good or bad they write. Maybe they want to improve, maybe they don't. Maybe they just want to have fun, and get their ideas out in the open. I sometimes get a few ideas after reading one of those stories, and in turn I write something that catches someone's attention.
4.To be honest, I would probably attempt to read it, and when it gets to the extreme I'd stop and review and get it out of my system that they can't be expected to get anything but negative feed back unless they correct the grammar, spelling, whatever. And I usually offer to help XD
(#) MyChemicalSuicide 2009-06-111.)I would give them an honest review, they wrote it and put it up, they should be able to take the fact that it may not be the best story. I would give contructive critism, though, not just come out and blatantly say "this sucks" or lie and say "its amazing".
1.)I think reviews are to tell a writer how well(or not well) they wrote their story, and also to help them improve. Ratings, I think, are just their to say either "this was good" or "this was bad".
3.) I agree with the above on this one, but sometimes its just.. Awful.
4.) I'm very OCD about grammar, and I find it hard to read stories that have improper grammar. I will make exceptions if I think the story is worth it, but if its cliche and kinda lame, then no I won't read it. Even if the writer says its terrible.
(#) Fantasy_Fairy 2009-06-111)I would subtly tell them that maybe it was just ok, but point out good things that they had done to kind of even out the balance. I would point out mistakes that they had made, or things they could improve on, without trying to hurt their feelings [as much as possible].
2) Constructive suggestions! Although i'm sure if you do have friends on Ficwad, you would probably feel compelled to an extent to rate their story, but be honest anyway!
3)No, well.. If a writer knows it's crap, why post it? Although, if they want to improve and see why people think it's crap, it's fine. I absolutely DETEST when writers warn you that it's going to be crap, so then you are in a predetermined mindset if you do read it, in which case i wouldn't; why waste time?
4)If the writer says their spg is terrible and don't make an attempt to fix it or do a simple spell check, they dont deserve to be able to post! lol, but seriously. They are basically admitting that they are just lazy! Bad spelling and grammar would literally drive me around the bend. If the story was REALLY good, i would tolerate it, but at the end of the day, good grammar, spelling, etc. makes you like the story more. You can't comcentrate on a storyline if you are spending half of your time trying to decipher the words. It's something that should be taken for granted.
Oh gawd, hopefully there aren't a load of spelling mistakes in this! lol
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