|Reviews for The Feng Shui of Review|
| disrhythmic chapter 2 . 7/25/2011
Oh, so brilliant. I agree 100%. I've only been on this site for a few days and I've already met three awesome just from review replies that turned into conversations. :) Brilliant advice.
| Nikou chapter 1 . 6/1/2011
Very good tips on how to review. I am brand new to fictionpress, and haven't been writing for a while. It is nice to find so many interesting stories, and it has inspired me to start writing again.
As for the review tips, I have done a lot of reviews for other sites, and have my own formulas for reviews, though it is harder to bring them over to fiction reviews. I firmly believe in not slamming a person even if something is terrible.
Here is my formula:
How to improve
Compliment, and keep up the good work.
Obviously that is the very short version, and it can run into the hundreds of words (especially that middle part... jk). I find it is best if you search hard for a positive BEFORE you start looking at and talking about the negatives. Otherwise they tend to eclipse any positives present.
(BTW my previous review work was for people just learning English, and I would review their written answers to open ended questions designed to utilize the keywords they had just learned. You wouldn't BELIEVE some of the crazy grammar, misspellings, and just plain odd unexplainable word choices I saw!)
So overall, I thought this was an excellent essay, and gave me some brush up on my review skills. This is only the second review I've written since arriving on fictionpress (2 days ago), and it has invigorated my desire to do more.
Favorite tip: Open the review box BEFORE beginning to read and then review as you go along. Duh... Why didn't I think of that before? I've not wanted to do reviews after reading thousands of words because I don't want to go back through looking for the things I vaguely remember wanting to comment on. Great tip. Thanks!
| Serendipital chapter 1 . 4/13/2011
Oh! Um...gah! I feel selfish, asking for a review on my story, FREAKS, BUT FAMILY...
I really loved this guide. I've always had trouble with reviews, wiether it was because of not wanting it to sound like a flame, or not being able to give constructive criticism at all. So, here I go...this is, frankly, awesome. I laughed quite a bit throughout it, especially at the 'Sage says' part. You didn't flat-out say that most reviews suck, which I appreciate. Also, you gave some encouragement, which actually helped me with my 'no one reviewed on my story, so I shouldn't even update another chapter' problem. So...thanks. My gratitude is larger than words, so I shall give a nervous 'meep' and leave. Bye!
| Loqwell chapter 2 . 3/22/2011
Thank you for writing this; people need it. I also found it helpful in that I try to write decent reviews, and occasionally a simple "Do these couple things," like in your "How to Avoid giving 'Meh' Reviews," is just the push I need to get me where
I need to be. I also want to thank you for mentioning and creating your C2 Community "Pay it Forward." I'll definitely look into that. :]
| GeoCorrea chapter 1 . 2/17/2011
I found your essay helpful. I'm new to the site, and I was really at a loss on what to do when reviewing.
First of all, the "why to review", in my opinion, is a must-read for all fictionpress and fanfiction users. The section "How to review" is a really good guide, because (like I said before) many of us newcomers don't really know how to write a good review.
The third part, "how to make the most of the reviews you get" doesn't only helps with reviews, but also with any kind of advice given. Same goes with "FAQS, sort of".
On the last part, I should comment is something many people know and choose to forget. It's good someone's reminding them that.
Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time of writing this. I won't ask you to return the review, unless you happen to speak Spanish.
| bravesierra chapter 1 . 2/8/2011
I admit, I was browsing through Google and I was pleasantly surprised to have ended up on this essay.
Lovely essay, and it gave me a lot of advices on reviewing. I have to admit, I'm exactly big on writing reviews for stories because I always end up forgetting what I wanted to write in the process since I tend to have major writer's block when in the middle of writing something very important. And this gave me the incentive that you need to give and take in reviewing. Thanks!
| Lady Scarlet of Stormhold chapter 2 . 12/20/2010
Okay, I'm really sorry if you reply to my last review, and then read this and think 'Oh, but I just explained to you what flames are!' Because I often forget what happens in chapters of my stories, so even though this only has two chapters, I'll definitely forgive you if you forget too! XD So I'm sorry if you just explained it out to me, all long winded, just to suddenly remember that you explained it out in this chapter and I do now know what a flame is. (XD)
And is that irrevelant?
Also, thanks for the advice! I'll most likely be reading it all again (what with my memory!), just to get things sorted in my slightly OCD mind (I might have to make notes), because it's all slowly beginning to slowly disappear already in the confusion of everything that's in between my ears (in that case, there's not much confusion, you can all stop panicking. Is that irrevelant?). So, yeah. XD I don't know what to say now. Should I leave you alone. Well, I will anyway, because I have nothing else to say...
To say I just read up on writing helpful reviews, that wasn't very helpful, was it?
| Lady Scarlet of Stormhold chapter 1 . 12/20/2010
What about things that you would just like to say in response? For example, you were saying about the follow-the-links thing: I do that, where I find a story or essay or whatever that I like and I go to the author's page and maybe read some of their other stuff and review it if it appeals to me, and then sometimes if I've read everything I want to read, I go and have a look at their favourites and read those stories (they've been put on the favourite's list for a reason).
Would the author recieving that (aka, in this case, you) appreciate that?
And, also, I don't get the last bit: is this cliche ending the end of the review or the chapter? What actually is everyone else writing? (Bad reviews?)
Also, what actually are flames? I've asked that a few people now, and I keep getting different answers. Is it where someone reviews and basically says, 'this is crap, I really don't like it, it is a load of * and I hate it and there was absolutely no point in writing so much rubbish whatsoever' and that kinda thing? (I got an annoymous review like that once. It really hit home, so I deleted it, and looked to my good reviews for comfort, and thought about editing or rewriting, and then I disabled annonymous reviews.) Or is it something else? (Someone once said to me that it was where you put all this constructive critisism, trying to be nice and helpful, and then the author replies back stuff like 'are you saying my work's rubbish? I hate you, you're so mean for saying that!' and stuff. I've also been told that it's where someone's too picky with your work, picking up on every single tiny little silly typo and every single tiny grammatical mistake. So what exactly is a flame?)
And now I feel like that's not a very good ending to my review. Ah wells. XD
| Mercutioslover chapter 2 . 12/19/2010
I'll fess up, I was totally looking for a different story when the title caught my eye. I'm completely jealous. Titles will never be my strong suit, but I greatly enjoyed reading this. I always mean to review more often on FP and a few other posting sites I'm on and then I never do because I feel like an idiot because I'm a 'meh' reviewer, and I was never sure what to do about it. Cheers!
| OrangeXAngel chapter 1 . 11/28/2010
I'm really glad I read this essay. I love giving reviews to a lot of the stories I read, but I must admit, I'm probably not too good at it. I'll take this into consideration and do my best to give out better reviews! Thanks! :)
| 110Million chapter 1 . 11/18/2010
I read the whole thing, and gave every last word you said some really deep thought.
I have been writting fanfics for about almost two years now, and had recently ventured onto the forray of writting original works. It hasn't been easy, let me tell ya. Mostly because it's quite disheartening to see that only 3 people have bothered to actually read what one has spent hours upon hours writting. Writting is hard, really hard.
But I love writting. I started back in January of 09, and havent looked back since. I write because I love it. But it must be said: No matter how much one writes, to see that so few have even read your work, that is quite disheartening. And that's not even getting into the lack of reviews. It is quite sad, really.
Just like in fanfics, writting real stuff requires thought and effort. I found this out the very first time I ever wrote anything, way back when I was 12. It's a lot of work, and just like any 'real' work, writting demands effort.
But I still love writting, and I plan on continuing to write. I just wish I had more of an audience, you know? I just want my work to be read by people. A review a day makes my day ok. Haha, that rhimed.
But I also know that I gotta give to recieve. I always try to leave a review. Always. I can't always review a work, but I do make it a point to try. Why? Because I know how it is, to spend hours working on something, only to have it ignored.
Pardon my long review. Just felt like saying something.
| Holly Jay Platt chapter 1 . 10/2/2010
I really like your "How To" essays. Your style of writing keeps me entertained as I learn how to improve my own writing and I appreciate that. I've read most of your essays and I like all that I've read, but I'm really bad about reviewing.
I think this piece would be better with more examples (excluding Chapter 2) because I got lost more than once. Maybe proofread it again?
Under "1. Why to Review" is 'firstly' a word? I certainly don't think so.
Could you put my story "What Happened to the Way Out" (/s/2850022/1/What_Happened_to_the_Easy_Way_Out) on your C2? And if you're still returning reviews, it's the same story.
Thank you and happy writing )
| Ryhona chapter 1 . 9/30/2010
I found this in the links section of "Writing Help" in the A Drop of Romeo site, and seriously, I'm so glad I found it! I've always had questions about why I don't get that many reviews and you answered my questions perfectly! Thank you SO MUCH!
Also, could you put my two stories on your C2? They are:
When Your Best Friend's Brother Steals Your Heart
The UnDiary of a Cynical Romantic
| chocolate and bananas chapter 2 . 9/9/2010
I don't have a FictionPress account (quite obviously), but I thrive in the FanFiction community, and seriously - 'meh' reviewers irk me. Not that I don't appreciate them, of course, because I make it a point to thank every reviewer, it's just that I'd really like more CCs, or at the very least, critiques.
Thank you for writing this essay. It's good to know that there are still people out there who realize the whole point of this site, which is to improve in one's writing. (And what other way than by listening to other people's comments, yes?)
Have a great day.
- chocolate and bananas.
| Der Adler Des Mondes chapter 2 . 8/14/2010
Thank you so much for writing this guide!
This helped me in my ever expanding quest to review like mad as well as to write like a energy bunny.
Could you please add my Scifi story into your community?
It is titled "Exploring is not Always Easy".
In addition I return reviews and I am a "just in monster" (hovers over just in page with coffee and reviews in hand).