Reviews for The Feng Shui of Review
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 )

Holly J.
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

Thanks again!
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).
natmarie chapter 1 . 7/24/2010
Stumbled upon this and found it so true. Glad that there is a piece out there on how to submit a quality review. :D It can be so helpful when done right and such a pain when it is merely a "loved it!" or "update soon." Marvelous.
WildWingedWarrior chapter 1 . 7/20/2010
I took your point of opening the review box while reading. Rashied may be a bastard, but I have to disagree that Darth Vader is evil. Sure, he blew up a planet, but he's not evil. He's just a bit misguided.

As a response to your response in question 4 of FAQs, sort of: they taught creative writing in my school, and by golly I took it! )

And finally, in which story can I find Snor'Kell?
flight06 chapter 1 . 6/7/2010
Fun essay. You give some interesting tips, many of which I abide by myself. I've been told to find at least two good and bad comments/suggestions in every piece. If you haven't found those, then you didn't look hard enough.

Of course, this is a review, but I don't really want to review an essay about reviewing, so I'm not, really. That's a fair amount of "really"s.

I hope you read this :)
yuanyuan chapter 2 . 6/5/2010
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Robin Leigh chapter 2 . 5/27/2010
Thank you so much for the advice! I'll definitely give better reviews. I love getting them and I want to really do good and make others' day.
OrchidGemstar chapter 1 . 5/16/2010
Wonderful, wonderful post. I found it very entertaining and informative. It has encouraged me to write more reviews... Hopefully, with practice, I will be able to give good, long, helpful and insightful reviews, but this is my first. Good job! I really like your voice. (FYI, I found nothing to critique during my read throughs :))
Prinnydood02 chapter 1 . 1/10/2010
I just happened to stumble upon this essay and I must say it was an interesting read.

I know how it feels to put your heart into a story with all the planning and what-not only to get zero reviews or worse, a review that doesn't offer anything other than "I've seen better on this site" or never give constructive criticism on how I can make it better.

I'm definitely going to use this as my bible for giving out reviews.

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