So I’ve gotten this question a lot ever since I posted my piece of how to handle criticism. From people wondering how to write criticism without insulting the creator or their work.

The best I can offer in the way of advice is to just be respectful, be constructive, and avoid hyperbole.

For example:

“This book sucks!” <This is not constructive.

“I didn’t care for this book.” <More polite, but still not constructive.

“I didn’t like this book. I felt it was far too drawn out. The story would have been good, but the writer spent too much time on physical descriptions and alteration that it took me right out of the story.” < DING DING DING DING!!! This is exactly what you want.

“I liked the story, but was really turned off when the writer took his main character out of the story to go on a political tirade. It just really didn’t seem like it was part of the story or had any relevance. Had he left this out, it would have been a decent story.” < (Looking at you Marvel) This is also constructive.

So that’s pretty much how to do it. Be courteous, be constructive. Say what you didn’t like, why you didn’t like it, and what you might suggest for future writing .

Jim, I followed your advice and got a very harshly worded response from the creator. 

Ugh, yes this will happen from time to time. Not everyone is going to agree with you or appreciate your opinion. Basically they just want positive comments, they want yes men and nothing else. Honestly, don’t worry about these people. They are the ones with the problem, not you.

Hope this helps. Readers, please let me know below if you think there’s more we can do or if my advice is missing something.


Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have multiple published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

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Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!


1 Comment on “Levying Criticism #Writing #Author #Advice

  1. In a comic review I mentioned that I thought the artist drew a teen girl more like a stereotypical old Jewish woman. The artist found it and actually linked to it. That’s the closest I’ve come to a creator getting mad at me. I’ve had creators find my positive reviews more often (even became friends with one, though not close friends).

    I will say this: ADMIT YOUR BIASES! If you aren’t into horror and can’t give an unbiased judgement even on a technical level, don’t try. (This wasn’t for me but it was still well made. I’m not a fan of the art style but I can’t call it bad.) There is a difference between being good and being enjoyable. I’ve enjoyed movies that were admittedly terrible and not been interested in movies that I thought was a good production overall, just not to my tastes, or I hated the message or something. Admit that. “I didn’t like it” isn’t a reason to call it garbage.

    Finally, and this shows up more in my shorter daily comic reviews, I always try to figure out what the comic/book/movie/show/etc did right and what they did wrong. Granted this is more about improving my own storytelling skills but even bad stories can get something right (obviously not enough or it wouldn’t be bad) and good stories, as CinemaSins would say, are not necessarily without missteps. Be honest and don’t be afraid to enjoy something below par or not like something that’s a classic. Just admit those biases.


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