Reviews, the good, the bad and the ugly in fanfiction.
I have one rule when it comes to reviews from my fanfiction. I thank everyone who gives me a good review and ignore the ones that complain or are rude. Really long “reviews” telling me how I should have written my story, I won’t even bother to read beyond the first line or two.
I burned too much energy in the early days of my writing trying to justify my plots or the actions of the characters. I finally came to the conclusion that no matter what you write or how you write it, someone won’t like it or thinks they can do better.
So today’s advice is to take the good reviews to heart, let them make you feel good and fully ignore the bad reviews or PMs. They aren’t worth the negative energy you will burn. Spend your time writing and enjoying the good results of your writing instead.
Advice about writing advice. This may be true about all advice in general. Read it, take the bits that make sense to you or strikes you like lightning. So you go, man, why didn’t I think of that before? Then toss the rest. Writing is like shoes. There are so many types of shoes and sizes and there is no one size fits all. Everyone writes differently and what works for one person won’t work for the next.
There is tons of advice out there. If one bit doesn’t work for you, try finding another blog or website. I’ve read bits that made no sense to me, but hey, it works for other people. Just keep learning and keep writing.
When you first start writing, you’re just so excited to get the words down on the paper, you aren’t paying attention to any grammar rules you learned in school. I’m the first to admit committing this crime when I first started out. I can’t even stand reading my first stories anymore. I broke every grammar rule known to man!
If you’re like me and don’t want to race out to buy a grammar book, something else you can do is to take a book you’ve read more than once and read it again. This time, don’t read the story. You need to pay attention to sentence structure and punctuation. But it’s more than grammar. Look at the plot, how was it put together? Characterization, how were the major characters introduced? Was it a mystery, were you able to guess the ending? Description, was there so much that you skipped ahead? Not enough, so you had trouble envisioning the scene?
There’s a wealth of information you can glean from just looking closely at other published books. I would also advise to look at multiple books from various authors. Every author has a different way of doing things and may have things that work for you. It’s a great way to learn more about writing before you break down and buy a Grammar for Dummies book like I eventually did in an attempt to better my writing craft.
Today’s writing tip:
Back up everything you do, whether its a external hard drive, or my favorite, to a free cloud space (like SkyDrive or Google). The worst feeling in the word is discovering you’ve lost something you’ve spent hours working on. Trying to rewrite it is almost impossible. It never comes out the same way twice.