I recently did a post about how criticism can be a good thing. I still stand behind that wholeheartedly and I’ll link to it as soon as I get onto my Mac, but right now, I’m on my break from work and, after receiving fanmails two days in a row from the same person with entitled behaviour, I feel like I need to rant about entitlement among the community and highlight what I don’t mean by criticism.
So I’ve always been an advocate for quality over quantity. As long as a chapter is over 5 minutes long, I am more than happy to use my passes on a chapter that has good grammar, pacing, plot and directing and is short and sweet. It’s much, MUCH better to be left wanting more than to feel like a chapter drags on and doesn’t even have that great of a point anyway. So, naturally, that’s how I write my own chapters.
I completely understand not liking that. That’s your personal style and I am more than open to fanmails saying “I wish the chapters were a bit longer”. I’d have a discussion, take your comments on board and tell you why I like my chapters sweet. That’s a preference thing as opposed to a quality thing - purely for the fact that I am focusing ON QUALITY.
But when I get people writing fanmails saying “please fix” or “you could go on until you find a better stopping point”, I get the rage. First of all, you are not entitled to tell me how to write my story. Secondly, it is not a problem that needs fixing. Third, your criticism is not criticism if you’re not giving me ways to improve but just picking holes in my work. It’s just childish, petty and annoying.
That’s NOT what I mean when I say that criticism should be embraced. Unsolicited criticism is not a problem for me. What is a problem is people acting like they’re doing me a favour by reading my story.
And I don’t mean to sound rude or cocky, but I have over 150,000 reads over my three stories - over 140,000 of which come from this story in question. I don’t need to pander to you or please you to keep my readership up. If you don’t like my chapter lengths, you can give me CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, sure, but anything else and you can suck it up or find another story. In fact, I have the integrity to not change my personal style for one person even if I had 2 readers.
I’m sorry for the rant and if I came across as rude or arrogant. I’m just sick of people thinking they can tell me how to write a story.
On a different note, I’m not the most sensitive or nice of people. I’m pretty blunt, so I don’t know how to tell them that it’s my choice and I’m not going to change in a nice way. Can anyone give me some suggestions?