Sometimes a critique will lead to a writer deleting everything they’ve written. This is the response I got today from a writer who just deleted everything.
Hey, man, I get it. Ok? But lemme tell you something. I wrote this when I was 12. And for that time it was something I was really proud of. I was teasing with the idea of deleting all these things, the stories, the account, but every now and again I’d get a nice review and would want to keep the profile open for others. But YOU are the asshole who ends this. And you know what? How fucking pathetic is it that this is how you fill your time?
Lemme tell you something, I have no sympathy for this one, nor do I think they get it.
I wrote this when I was 12.
Let’s start off with the fact they’ve admitted to writing the story when they were only twelve. Okay, but that typically means they likely posted it when they were twelve. On rare occasions someone who is old enough will post something they wrote when they were twelve, but it’s not often. In other words, this writer just admitted to me they created an account over on the pit before the required age to create said account. They weren’t even supposed to be posting stories.
And for that time it was something I was really proud of.
This just confirms my belief that they were actually twelve at the time of posting the story. Normally I’d say the “really proud of” part is something to be lauded, because that is important, but again, they should not have been posting in the first place. There is a reason why sites say you must be thirteen at least before posting, and one of them comes from the fact those under the age of thirteen aren’t going to have good judgement as to what is good or not.
In fact, I just got into a conversation with three of the preteens I work with. The older of the three pointed out that Twilight was “bad writing”, shocking the other two girls, but it was really hard to explain why Twilight was “bad writing” to the two younger ones. The first – she’s well read, unusually so for someone her age, but the other two are not, but one of them doesn’t read at all and only has seen the movies. I’m going to have to clarify to one of them later that it’s okay to like “bad writing”, as I realize after the fact I didn’t clarify that.
However, this is a stage where merely attempting something is highly praised, where as at thirteen one is moving into “perfecting” whatever they are doing.
I was teasing with the idea of deleting all these things, the stories, the account, but every now and again I’d get a nice review and would want to keep the profile open for others.
Were they really keeping their profile open for others? I doubt it. No, see, they talked specifically about the “nice review” there, meaning they were keeping it open for the “nice reviews”. Try to paint it however one wants, that’s the real reason. Oh, yes, these writers pretend its for other people, but it’s really for them. No, seriously. What they really care about is the “good feeling” they get from the nice reviews, but the site rules clearly says not all reviews will strictly praise the work, yet it defeats the point of the review system.
But YOU are the asshole who ends this.
No, you’re the one ending this. You’re the one who decided to throw a tantrum and delete all of your stories just because you got one negative review. I suspect this is the writer’s first, so they honestly believe that the only point behind the system is to get positive reviews.
However, I do have another theory as to why this all ended. See, I think their parent caught them because they threw a tantrum over the “mean review”, and their parent made the decision for them to delete everything, but also turn off PMs, because they didn’t have permission to be on the site in the first place. Before they deleted the fic though, they threw a PM my way because they were pissed off that I – in their opinion – led them to getting in trouble and having their fun ruined.
Well guess what. Those who are anti-critique ruin everyone else’s fun, but you shouldn’t have an account if you’re not yet thirteen, but even if you are, you shouldn’t have one WITHOUT your parents permission. No, seriously, if you’re writing fanfic and doing fandom stuff without your parents knowing, stop, unless you’ve got a parent who’s anti against anything you write and thinks even writing original fiction is a waste of time, and you’ve got this dream of being a writer they feel is a waste of time. The latter – that’s a bit of a different situation.
And you know what? How fucking pathetic is it that this is how you fill your time?
Actually, what’s pathetic are these writers who don’t want to spend their time working on their fanfic stories, then get mad when someone who does spend their time calls them out for bad writing, but the fact they didn’t spend any time on what they wrote.
I also don’t consider my critique a waste of time, because contrary to what the anti-critique people say, most people actually want the honest critique, but the anti-critique people have unfortunately made a certain subset of fandom feel guilty for saying anything negative, whether it be critique or opinion. And that’s wrong.