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Maemi's Rants About Writing
In which I post my rants about writing, idiots who can't take constructive critism, and anything else.
Greetings, and this is my first post in Maemi's Rants About Writing.

Okay, so rant 1:

Idiots and Constructive Critism

As you might have guessed, I go on the Writer's Forum a lot, and I rather enjoy the company of many people I meet. I see smart comments, reasonable arguments, and intelligent critism by people who know what the hell they're talking about.

And then, there's the others

If you've ever been on Neopets, they're called 'n00bs'. If you don't like chatspeak, you can just call them idiots or ignoramouses depending on the level of your vocabulary. But whatever you call them, they're still the same. They post on the Writer's Forum with their ideas for stories and their own rants (usually about critism they got). These rants are contradictory and have poor vocabulary. More often than not their argument falls apart by the second page (if it even gets that far), and they start ranting about how all the posters in the thread are wrong, they're right, and more often than not they end up leaving when no one defends them.

These people make me twitch. They always seem to think they're 'so mature'. And, I'll admit, I'm fifteen and can be immature if I want to be. But when I'm talking about writing, I swallow my pride and let people critique. If they gave me comments saying they really liked it, that's great, and I know that I'm doing something right. If they give a comment that there's something I could improve on, I seriously consider it. Yes, I may, in the long run, ignore it. But at least I don't rant to people who don't even know me that 'they're being so mean!'

There's a certain thread I've been to recently that comes to mind. I won't mention who the poster was, but they seemed to have a problem with people leaving comments such as 'this is cliche'. Yes, it's vague, but it's valid, and should make you think 'oh, maybe I should look this over and/or re-write it!'. Not according to this person. They thought we should fix all her mistakes for her, not just say there are mistakes. In other words, she wants to be a poet, but she's too lazy to self-edit. Wow, and people say I have a bad work ethic.

My point is, if you're going to be posting in a forum, expect critism on your writing. No one's perfect (I know I sure as hell am not) and to think so is ignorance in itself.

And that's my rant for now

PS: If you want to see that thread, check out my post history. You should be able to identify the topic by the post I put in it biggrin

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