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.


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Thanks friends!
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1 Comment on “Levying Criticism #Writing #Author #Advice

  1. One I always remember is reviewing a comic where the art was decent but one teenaged girl was drawn, as I called it in the review, like an old Jewish woman, and it was my only complaint about the art. Apparently the artist found the review, posted a link on his Twitter, and one of his fans came to the site to tell me that essentially old Jewish women didn’t exist or something like that. I’ve also had a colorist comment on my review of a different about the artist not really using strong lineart, which is my problem with the “painted” style to begin with. Meanwhile I actually made friends with a guy whose work I gave positive reviews to, and one fan film series I covered wrote to thank me for covering his work. Even if you have a relatively obscure blog the creators may find you. You have to take that into consideration when doing a review but you still have to be honest about your thoughts. Just be careful how blunt you are and don’t just trash something to trash it, and admit the difference between your tastes and anything wrong on a technical level.


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