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February 23, 2012, 10:07:16 PM
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For those who may not know, when you 'Submit a New Writing', just above the 'Publish Entry' button there is a box that can be checked that states 'Check this box if you prefer to receive Critical Reviews from readers'. If the author elects to check this box, then 'Critical Reviews Preferred' will appear under the author notes of the newly posted piece.

This leaves a lot open to interpretation by both the author and the reader/(hopefully)reviewer.

So, the questions I pose to all authors who check that little box are:

Why do you chose to check that box for a piece?

What are you hoping for in a 'Critical Review'?



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February 23, 2012, 10:14:53 PM
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Some critical review's take a toll on the other way of writing
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February 26, 2012, 11:26:45 AM
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Some critical review's take a toll on the other way of writing

Aye, just think what would of happened to the 'Beat Poet' generation or any other so deemed unconventional style. How can anyone seek to regulate one's personal poetic flow or else contain it within a current coventional sense or one's individual, national culture ? Poetry can tell stories, it can bespeak of cultures and individuality, it can bring pleasure and ease pain. It can be as wild and naturally flowing as a cascading mountain stream. Individual human creativity that should never be controlled or quelled by others.
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February 26, 2012, 01:07:49 PM
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Some critical review's take a toll on the other way of writing

Aye, just think what would of happened to the 'Beat Poet' generation or any other so deemed unconventional style. How can anyone seek to regulate one's personal poetic flow or else contain it within a current coventional sense or one's individual, national culture ? Poetry can tell stories, it can bespeak of cultures and individuality, it can bring pleasure and ease pain. It can be as wild and naturally flowing as a cascading mountain stream. Individual human creativity that should never be controlled or quelled by others.


I agree with you completely. The topic has nothing to do with controlling or quelling someone's creativity. It simply asks why the author requests critical reviews on some pieces, and what is the author hoping for in a critical review? It has nothing to do with feedback received in comments. The decision to request critical reviews is chosen before posting. Before any comments are received. This is simply an opportunity for authors who seek critical reviews, to give some insight into their pre-posting decisions. It's about the authors, not the commenters.

Just wanted to keep this topic on track and clear up any confusion. think
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February 26, 2012, 01:37:37 PM
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Then please continue, didn't mean to sway out of this well contained topic.  flower
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March 04, 2012, 07:54:25 PM
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Ahem ... clears throat ... imho it is because these people are getting ready to submit their work for approval by a more professional sector and want to fine tune it or if they know they are just starting out and they are aware that it needs streamlining and are anxious to learn from the community. That's my opinion for what it's worth smile

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March 06, 2012, 01:09:32 AM
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I choose critical reviews for all my pieces. In part it is to get the more professional aspect of my writing looked at, but I also think of it as permission for the reviewer to feel free to say whatever they think will help my piece... kind of a sign saying "Okay, let me have it"

As for what I hope for... insightful commentary? Honestly I don't expect anything, I ask for as much insight as whoever is reviewing can give and then I sit back and see what happens.

Hope this helps a little
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March 08, 2012, 05:52:31 PM
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For those who may not know, when you 'Submit a New Writing', just above the 'Publish Entry' button there is a box that can be checked that states 'Check this box if you prefer to receive Critical Reviews from readers'. If the author elects to check this box, then 'Critical Reviews Preferred' will appear under the author notes of the newly posted piece.

This leaves a lot open to interpretation by both the author and the reader/(hopefully)reviewer.

So, the questions I pose to all authors who check that little box are:

Why do you chose to check that box for a piece?

What are you hoping for in a 'Critical Review'?

I check the box hoping for a critical review because I want someone to check my work thoroughly.  On my profile you will see I state that I want my work gone over with a fine toothed comb.

What do I hope for in  "Critical Review"?  I have the perfect example.  I received a three star review recently.  The person may have seemed a bit negative, but he or she made me think about my work in great detail.  I was asked questions regarding work and statements were made that caused me to realize that the reviewer indeed had a point about most every detail he noted.  Only one comment in the extensive review was an opinion (unless the reviewer knows something I do not, which is possible). blush



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April 01, 2012, 09:35:24 PM
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When I hit the "critical review" button, I'm hoping for something substantive. (If you've seen my comments, you'll kinda see where my mindset is for "critical"...) If something can be improved, I want to know WHAT can be improved, HOW the reviewer thinks it could be improved, what parts of the piece worked, which didn't... of course I want to know if the reviewer liked the piece, or pieces of it, but if they see room for improvement, I want them to tell me.

That really goes for all my work, but ESPECIALLY for things I mark "critical review." Encouragement is great, but as a writer I'm always looking for ways in which I can improve as a writer and in which I can improve specific pieces of writing. Criticism is great, but I also want it to be specific -- a vague comment saying "this could be better" isn't criticism, it's a waste of your time and mine, because what is a writer supposed to do with that?

There are certainly things people don't need to critique on -- stylistic choices that make a writer unique -- but personally I'd rather have someone critique too many parts of my work than for them to give too little information. As a writer you can accept or reject any criticism you don't find appropriate, but I'd rather be able to discard criticisms than have too few to go on.

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July 21, 2012, 06:26:27 PM
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Sometimes I check that box for pieces that I think could stand up to any scrutiny. Sometimes I check that box for pieces that I’m not fully satisfied with. More so the later then the former.

What I’m looking for in a ‘critical review’ is more then an opinion. Grammatical errors are appreciated, but what I’m really looking for is ideas. I’m hoping to hear, not only what works in a piece, but what the piece could be in need of. Give me an idea to explore, and I’ll definitely look at the piece again, and if I use an idea, I’ll say so in an ‘additional comment’ of the review. A ‘critical review’ for me, will make me look at the piece again under a new light. It may not affect how I chose to present that piece, but it may influence my future writings.

I don’t ask for a ‘critical review’ on many of my works. Sometimes I like to just write and post to hear others opinions. But a ‘critical review’ is always appreciated, whether I asked for one or not. Always a  thumbs up.

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July 22, 2012, 01:27:42 AM
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what i'm looking for in a critical review is for the reader to be bluntly honest with me. I want to know what they liked, or what took away from it. and I want them to point out everything they see that might be a problem, and if they like to say one of the things about it that they thought was great. i don't expect people to come through my work word for word and line for line looking at its meaning and grammar (though if they did I wouldn't complain) but I want more then "good job" "nice poem" or something that doesn't tell me why it's good, or why it isn't
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July 22, 2012, 05:53:02 AM
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I want reviewers to give their honest opinion of my work, and not feel shackled by the fear that they might offend. A thumbs down can be delivered in a constructive and sensitive manner, so I do not approve of rudeness or belligerence. I f I review a piece and feel it needs strong criticism (which is very rare) I message the writer instead of going public.
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August 17, 2012, 04:44:34 AM
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When I tick the Critical Reviews Preferred box, I hope someone who woke up in a very bad mood to come and review my writing.
I want the person to really find something that ticks them off in my writing, I really don't mind if someone bashes my writing completely.
If someone comes and gives me a very critical, even non-constructive criticism is welcome as long as it's well thought out, I will usually feel more obliged to give them a thumbs up no matter how much their words irk me.

I'd rather receive a very horribly blunt review than a "it's nice".
Just like someone said above, when that box is ticked it means: "Come at me, give me your utterly honest criticism."
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October 01, 2012, 12:39:19 AM
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I will most of the time hit critical review because I need to improve with my work and I hope for constructive reviews and helpful advice on my work which will lead to a better improvement on my work!
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October 02, 2012, 11:29:44 AM
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I click to receive critical reviews because I understand that my writing is subpar, especially older work that I hope to rework and continue to work on for a project.  I'm hoping that people will point out major flaws in my writing that I can not only use to fix that project, but also use for later work as well.  I just don't see the point in posting my work for others to see and not getting their real opinion, which I think people are afraid to give if they aren't shown that someone is willing to receive a critical review.
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October 02, 2012, 11:47:50 AM
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I don't think I have ever reviewed any of your work MischievousImp. I will surely go and check them out.
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December 21, 2013, 04:03:55 PM
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Without it you can't be a writer. 
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December 30, 2013, 12:13:04 AM
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It is supposed to help the writer constructively edit his/her piece to make it better.
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Definitely in order to improve a piece
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July 16, 2014, 04:36:06 PM
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I enjoy and need critical reviews. It helps me to learn and to grow as a writer. I cant improve if I don't get honest review help.
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