A brief word on reviewing and being reviewed.
| Reviewing another writer is nothing to be taken lightly. Those who are serious about their writing have a voice that wants to be heard. Writing is the way they have chosen to exercise that voice. That voice, whether you particularly agree with what it is saying, deserves at least a modicum of respect.
Within the community of WDC it isn’t difficult to find the type of writing you prefer to read. If you do decide to engage in the process of reviewing, find what interests you and give it your heartfelt opinion. You can follow a more rigid process such as 1. Personal impressions. 2. Tone and mood. Emotional impact. Form and flow, etc. You might simply choose to have a dialogue with the writer and concentrate on points of encouragement. However you decide to engage, always remember to be kind and considerate. For the most part, I very often give gift points as a source of encouragement. Remember too that it is not your job to criticize. If you do find glaring mistakes, a gentle nudge in the right direction is more productive for you and the writer.
If I have learned anything from WDC, it is that you can find just about anything you’re looking for pertaining to writing. A member recently reminded me that if you would like someone to review your work all you need to do is ask. There are reviewers out there that will describe the exact process they use to give a fulsome review. There are reviewers that seem to be surrounded by butterflies. They wouldn’t hurt Hitler’s feelings in reviewing Mein Kamph. If you are new to putting your work out there for all to see, you might wish to start with such a reviewer. Those who promote their reviewing talents will normally charge a fee in gift points. Remember, there are reviewers that will show you the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you choose them, be prepared for the full wash and wax.
I have always believed that a review of my work deserves to be reciprocated. WDC is a wonderful place to form bonds with people of similar interests. Never forget the old saying of what goes around comes around. If you fear getting involved at some level in this writing community you can pretty much ensure that your work will just sit around gathering dust. It’s always a good idea to let your fellow writers know that you are still breathing.
Crow, aka George R. LeBlanc