I like it (when you call me Big Poppa) ß had to.
Anyway. Yes, I like constructive criticism. In fact, I long for it. I would kiss it every day. I would caress it like a baby kitten.
I recently decided that there is value in putting unpolished work out into the ether. This is a big step for me (perfectionist that I am).
To make this step mean something, I would like to be able to start polishing said work. This is why I need you. Help me see what I do not. I may not always take your suggestions. But they help me expand my view of my writing.
If you be so kind as to constructively criticize my work, I would appreciate it if you would...
A. Remember that, although I am openly asking for ways to improve my writing, I am still a delicate flower. So tread gently, but be honest.
B. However, if you like something, say so! Please include specifics. I like to know what I am doing well.
This type of comment helps me a lot:
I really liked this line “___________” because of X reason. I didn’t understand “_______________” for X reason. I would like more clarification here ____________.
I lost interest by _____ point. You could probably take out __________ line and ________ line and maintain meaning.
For some reason, the fourth stanza simply doesn’t move me. I can see why it's there, but I just don’t like it. Is there a way you could take it out?
If you just want to tell me I’m ultimate fabulous wonderful amazing and to never ever change, I’ll take that too. But I’ll be a little bummed out.
You get my drift.
Help me hone this craft, folks! I will be forever grateful.