I’m curious about the opinions of my fellow authors and site members as to the culture of this wonderful place we inhabit.
My first question is in regard to critique. In my opinion, it is implied that work posted here is considered to be complete unless otherwise noted. By this I mean that unless someone specifically asks for suggestions as to how to improve a piece, the work is meant to stand alone on its merits. If the reader likes the writing, he or she will leave a congratulatory comment or engage in dialogue about the subject matter. And if the craft or content didn’t leave an impression big enough to engage in banter or inspire oohs and ahhs for the craft, the reader will politely move along to check out the work of other writers who might engage them.
My other question is in regard to an author’s response to comments. I hope someone will take a moment to explain to me why one would choose not to respond to people who have taken the time to read your work and then choose to discuss it with you. When authors leave comments hanging, it makes me feel like they are putting on airs. I simply don’t understand why you would join an interactive community and then choose to keep the communication one-sided.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on the subject-- you'll save me the cost of purchasing Cyber Cultures for Dummies.
Causes Shana Moore Supports