Anyway, for all you people who didn't win the lottery, I hope your weekend was full of fun and also of sleeping in.
Today, and for the next post, I want to talk about critiques and some of the weird things that can come about and some of the
For today's post I want to discuss the "hit and miss" critiquer. That is, a person who gives you both a good and a bad critique.
And by "good and bad" I mean "useful/constructive" and "not useful/not constructive"
I'll start with my own example. I had a critique recently from a person I don't know. It was on an online critique... club I guess we'll call it? So the crit was solicited, but I've never met this person, not even in the Internet sort of way we've all "met"
We'll call her Jane (because I'm not super creative right now. Also Jane is easier to type than Shamalamadingdong, which is the first name that came to mind)
But, for the remaining 50%, the crit was just crap. Crap to the point where I got really angry. To be fair, I'm quick to anger and quick to cool off (especially if I have no clue who you are and you're giving me a bad crit). Also, some of it was the tone she used (also, to be fair, she had stated straight up that she could be blunt in her crits and she didn't mean anything by it) but here's an example.
Pier hits someone in the face and I make note that the punch hurts his hand.
Her response is "Have you ever hit someone before? It doesn't just hurt your hand, it hurts your whole arm"
So right there, I'm annoyed. Of course I've hit someone before. Actually, Twin, Brother and I smack each other around quite a bit. Alone, I would ignore it. But it continues on in this vein for quite a bit more.
Later I make mention that Pier is a free diver and that he can hold his breath for five minutes after spending months working at it.
Her comments is along the lines of "That's completely unbelievable. No human can hold their breath that long. You've completely lost me as a reader"
(This is when I freaked out in my head.)
It frustrates me, as a writer, that she just assumed I was pulling this out of my ass, that I hadn't done the research on free diving (clearly she didn't even know what free divining was. Otherwise she would know that 5 minutes is pretty average and that the world record free-dive is somewhere around 12 minutes)
So, my question for you is, how do you handle someone who has, what you think are, fair crits and then has a junkload of crits you can't even begin to respect?
Obviously the answer here is to take what you want and discard the rest, but it's hard to separate the good from the bad when the bad makes you question the validity of the good.
Thoughts? Opinions? Stories about horrible crits you'd like to share? Please do so in the comments!
Wednesday will be part 2 of this critique blog post series (Critiques when you least expect them/didn't ask for them)