Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:40 PM
This forum is a great break from my own writing, and provides inspiration for me!
I love trying to help out where I can, but there are a few things that put me off providing crits (whether I am any good or not...)
First, if the topic title is incorrect, I assume the writer has not read the forum posting rules, and tend to disregard.
Secondly, if there have been numerous crits from other members, and no feedback or thanks from the original poster for a few days, I assume they have lost interest. A simple 'Thanks for the help - I'll post a revision in a few days/week etc" would keep my interest, and I'll keep checking in for it to provide my opinions at a later date.
Third, messy formatting and lumpy paragraphs turn me off - if it doesn't scan well I am too lazy to read on. I guess agents may do the same, but in this case I don't tend to write and tell the OP that!
Next - spelling and grammar errors - I steer clear. If the OP has not taken the time to proof read, then I won't take time to read their work. Simple. The only exceptions tend to be those who make it clear that English is not their first language, and I will take the time to help out if possible, but it can be heavy going...
OPs who get defensive in their responses to crits turn me away. If you post and receive opinions, it should be obvious that these views are honestly given. If you disagree, move on - don't explain your reasons here because all we have to go on is what YOU have written in your QL - revise and repost or don't. There is very little 'flaming' here, thankfully, but disagreeing with a point of view I or others have given is pointless and timewasting. My opinion is my own, regardless of what YOU think it should be! You can change my mind with revisions, not explanations.
Finally, posts well outside my subject interest and genre I tend to find hard to crit effectively, and will avoid. I will, however, give general feedback if possible.
Just my opinions, I find this forum excellent and hope to be posting my own QL in a couple of months, once the MS is complete. Then I will reap what I have sown, I guess!