What Makes It A Compelling Read?

What Makes It A Compelling Read?

A Chapter by Dr. YumnaKay
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Discussion And Opinion

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We all want to be appreciated. We all have ideas which we want to share and ask people's opinions about our works. But are we as willing to accept criticism over it? And by criticism, I mean, the constructive ones, not the trollish ones which have been quite a fun thing for some people around here. 

Sending read requests would mean, asking people for their opinion and see how they perceive your work. In regards with writing a story, I find it quite disconcerting when I receive a read request but with an author's note saying "ignore grammar mistakes". How on earth is one supposed to grow when they aren't even willing to accept the errors in their writings? While we can agree that we all have numerous ideas, but does that make you a writer? Forming ideas in words is what makes you one ( and I'm not saying it because I think I'm one). I for one, don't review works as a writer, I do it as a reader.

I have just one thought: Would we ever care to buy a book, be it fiction, poetry or nonfiction, if it had a whole amount of mistakes but of course with a lot of wonderful "ideas"? I think we wouldn't want it even for free. 
So, what makes it a compelling read? A good flow, an understandable write ( and this isn't about using good vocab either) and the need to approach it as a reader. Try reviewing your work as a reader before asking others to do that. And in keeping an open mind about it.

I agree, we sometimes write just for venting and ranting about, but in doing so, either we shouldn't be sending read requests or mentioning in the author's note about the context of it. It would really help a lot if the real writers here could be distinguished from "the just for fun" ones.



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Author's Note

Dr. YumnaKay
This wasn't written as an angry retort or something. Just musings.. I would be glad if you came up with differing opinions regarding it :)

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This is an interesting write. I personally don't mind it when a writer says "ignore grammar mistakes," but they better not expect many views or reviews when doing so.

As for what makes a compelling write, I disagree with you to an extent. You said that a compelling write must be "understandable," and I kinda disagree. I'll put it like this: I've read many works on here that I didn't understand yet were able to evoke emotion in me. I've also read pieces where the lack of understanding was the reason why I didin't like it. That being said, I have to understand the poem to an extent: If I know (or at least think) that a writer is trying to be vague or obscure to create a desired effect, then I'll usually enjoy the read; but if I feel like the writer is trying to be clear and coherant yet fails to do so (thus making his or her work difficult to understand), then I'll usually (if not always) dislike the piece. It all depends on how I perceive the writer's intent (that being said, the intent must be clear, but the actuall write itself doesn't have to be).

I really agree with your point that a compelling write keeps the reader in mind. After all, readers are, of course, the ones who will read it.

I enjoy constructive criticism, but I really hate it when a review is too vague and abrupt. In the same way that a compelling write must keep the reader in mind, a good review must keep the writer in mind. That's why I like to use examples in my reviews; they allow the writer to get an idea of what I saw wrong with the piece. For example, if a review says "You should work on structure," then the writer has no clue what that means. It could mean grammatical structure, the structure of the story line, the versification (in poetry), etc. But if I say "You should work on structure; it will help your poem flow better. Try to keep the syllable counts uniform throughout each line. For example, in line 3, you could add a one-syllable word to make it flow better with line 4." In that review, the writer knows the issue that I'm addressing, which makes it much more helpful. I also enjoy telling not only what I see wrong with a piece, but also the steps the writer can take to fix the issue, as seen in the review above.

And lastly: Richard (the writer on the top reviewers page) has an essay/article about reviewing in his blog. If you haven't already, I suggest reading it.

- William Liston

Posted 8 Months Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

William, thank you for sharing your thoughts here.
Perhaps, understandable wasn't the right .. read more



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I have been to this site a year ago too but I was so frustrated by this exchange system of reviews that I deleted my account.
What you wrote is absolutely right. Tolerance level of writers here is Shrinking day by day..they are not able to take constructive criticism well. They get offended very easily.



Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

I would say, not all are like that. I've been here for the past few months but I've grown quite fond.. read more
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Gee
Thing with reviews of works on here are many are only written to garner a return review, so smoke is blown up far to many arses. Many a time brilliant, magnificent, extraordinary are words applied to bog standard average writing.
Honest critiquing is required, and by the way I'm shite at reviewing, otherwise the average will remain so or perhaps plumb even greater depths ( lows)
Cheers

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

That is one of the other rules i disagree with. Of reviewing people's work to get a review in return.. read more
Gee

8 Months Ago

You're welcome
Hmmmm... I wonder if people should only send read requests once the final draft has been edited to their best ability. Maybe if they informed the reader that it's just an idea in the comments but also welcome constructive criticism, it would help... I personally don't read request, unless it's for my book and that's only because I need the constructive criticism to help improve grammar, spelling, etc.

Sorry for waffling... I hope I helped..


Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Dyslexia can't stop you from being a writer, Jessie! If anyone has the potential, it's shown by the .. read more
Eternal Escape

8 Months Ago

Thanks girl. You're so kind :) of course! I figured you were just ranting lol.

It's .. read more
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

I wouldn't be forming opinions about me if I were you but thank you! 😛
I agree! It really .. read more

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