rtodd5011 wrote:I know I have been here since January of this year, I have very seldom asked for red ink on my brick throwings, but still get it...
I'm curious as to why you prefer not to have constructive criticism of your entries, because I also have a problem with it. Here's my reason, for whatever it's worth.
I prefer not to have "public" red ink on my entries, simply because they are out there in the marketplace and negative comments can be a turn-off for non-Faithwriters who have access to them. On occasion, I have wanted to share my Faithwriter page as a reference for my writing portfolio, and have been reluctant to do so because of the constructive criticisms that were listed, albeit with good intentions. I end up having to compile the articles from my desktop.
And I also think this may be one of the reasons why many proffer "flowery" comments.
Graham has introduced the ultimate solution, and one that has worked great for me - the Buddy System. My buddies provide the kind of critiques I need, and believe me, red ink flows between us with impunity. We love it, and each of us has become better writers because of it.
If your reason is the same as mine (and even if it isn't), I can readily understand and respect your feelings. So try to find a buddy. I just wish there was another way to critique an article, but eliminate the "red ink" once the article is archived. Barring that, the Buddy System is the answer to receiving helpful criticism. It really does make one a better writer.