It is up to you to be respectful and kind when you review
AN UNKIND REVIEW
By Lisa Noe
I wanted to write a short little essay, telling reviewers that you are responsible for what you write in a review. It should always be respectful and you should never belittle the writer, or use words such as
Abysmal, hate, garbage or any truly negative terms, which would hurt someone’s feelings. I just received a review from a well-known writer/reviewer/judge, and the review was scathing. I felt terrible after having read such an item. Yes, there were definitely problems with the story I entered into a contest. I realize my grammar could use some help and I may have missed some commas. But there is no call to call my work abysmal, There is nothing helpful or kind about it. Perhaps my work was not as good as the rest, I admit it was probably pretty bad. But I feel that I was attacked by the reviewer not helped. She gave me two measly stars, for my life story. It was work that needed help if she had time to rip it apart than she should have shown me where I was wrong. But to attack someone’s work and call it abysmal in public is totally uncalled for!