Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A note to my readers

Hi everyone,

I know you're out there. I do. You sneaky little buggers.
I like you. I do.
I just wish you'd admit to being there. That'd make you seem so much less like stalkers…

Jokes aside, as a writer it is really important to me to get critical feedback on the things I post.

The work I post on my blog is never perfect. Except maybe 'Myth'—that came pretty darn close. Sometimes I am too eager to post my work and I don't notice the typos. Sometimes I am out and about and I can't spot the plot holes. Sometimes there is no point to my writing, and it shows. Sometimes I read over my work and cringe; sometimes I'm embarrassed to have posted it.

You can help.

Please consider sharing your reaction with me using the 'like' and 'dislike' checkboxes. Please consider hitting that '+1' button if you like what you see. If you think someone else might like it, please consider sharing it with them using your social media networks or that fantastic little 'email' button.

But even more than that, please tell me what you think. If you don't want to post a comment on the site, I've got my details on the 'About Me' page, so try me there. Maybe even tell me why you don't want to post a comment on my site, and if it's a technical problem, I can change my site to fix it.

First, I need to know.

4 comments:

Boonarga said...

I'm too busy stalking to type or click.

tamyka said...

I believe cyber-stalking involves a certain amount of typing or clicking… or perhaps 'tapping' if you're using a touchscreen device.

Anonymous said...

I don't feel qualified to comment....

dennis

tamyka said...

If you read, then you are perfectly qualified to comment. I'm not interested in what a literary professor has to… er, profess about my work. I'm interested in what the ordinary Joe thinks of it. (And the extraordinary Joe. You know who you are.)

Here's an example of some comments I've made to writers in the course of critiquing their work:

'Oh, please don't let him have black satin sheets. That is just too tacky for him.'

'I would normally hyphenate this, but that's a personal preference and it may not be in accordance with the style guide for your intended publication. You should check the submission guidelines.'

'This piece really drew me in. I felt like I was there, walking with you through the streets, watching your happy family falling apart. My favourite part was when Bob says, "Something."'

'This sentence seems to run on—consider using a dash or semicolon instead of the comma.'