Okay so I had an online friend who regularly reads and critiques my original fiction ask me if I would do the same for them. I did so and I was honest giving them both praise and what I thought was constructive criticism (I.E. the main character’s name switched from Sharon to Cheryl for a few chapters, using present tense instead of past on accident, plot holes that weren’t addressed, etc).
Apparently they only wanted the praise part because they then proceeded to rip the last short story I sent them to shreds. Now don’t get me wrong. I can take a tough review, hell I think they make me grow as a writer and let me build up that thick skin I’ll need if I ever do send something out to get published but I do not need to be told that the basic concept of my story blows (that is a direct quote).
I wrote that story to vent over the death of my friend and they knew this. They knew that story was a form of therapy for me to try and deal. I did not need to be told the characters were two dimensional or that my attention to detail was annoying at times. It was five chapters 13 to 20 pages each chapter focusing on a woman that dies of cancer. The first chapter is told from her perspective, then her daughter’s, her son’s, her ex-husband’s and finally from Death’s. The last chapter is abstract, detached because Death wouldn’t understand the family’s pain, nor would he care.
I wrote that when I was in a bad place and then to have it torn down and basically pissed on makes me angry and completely frustrated. That is why I stopped writing last year and I know that its pointless to get angry because one person didn’t like your work but this is the second ‘beta’ I’ve had that has done this to me (the first one beta'ed my fanfic) and now I just want to throw my lappy at the wall and say screw it.