Before I begin on this topic, I want to thank everyone who responded to my other post. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in my feelings about writer’s cliques.
Now on to feedback!
Recently I asked my readers to leave me feedback on Clash of Tides. Yes, I am aware the story isn’t finished yet, but I wanted to know at least for now how the story has been doing.
Most of the feedback I received was positive, except for the following
- Too much internal thoughts – This, I fully agreed! I need to get better at writing inner thoughts and not having them sound repetitive.
- Too much description – This I felt divided. I am a descriptive writer, but I don’t want to have so much description that it bores the reader. Once I do the rewrite, I will evaluate this
- World building – The world needs to be fleshed out more. I agreed with this feedback
- The plot – Sometimes the plot can be hard to follow. I also agreed with this because there is so much going on. There is the plot in the water and the plot on land. As I was reading different mermaid and mermen stories, this seems to be a common theme that a lot of writers deal with. In fact, I’m reading a merman comic right now called Siren’s Lament. When I first started reading it, I loved it. However, now since the author is 20 chapters into the story, I’m starting to see all the issues with it. One of my main problems is a lack of plot progression and the characters time on land. I’ve found that in mermaid or merman stories, it’s either the human MC gives up their life on land, or the merman character goes to the surface with the MC. In my book, I’m trying to blend both the undersea world and land. That brings me to my next point of feedback.
- Time on land takes away from the water – This is another one I felt divided. I do agree that Elena’s time on land takes away from the merpeople’s plot, but Elena is human, and there is a whole big plot that will take place on the surface. And also, there is Seidon, Mika, and Lucas. As I said, I felt divided on this one. Clash of Tides is complicated like Game of Thrones, so maybe as I writer I’m not showing that enough to my readers.
I don’t want to spend too much of this post talking about my feedback, but if you are going to get feedback on your stories, judge what feedback to consider. Many of the feedback I received was good, but at the same time, some I had to question.
For those who are curious, this is what readers enjoy about the story:
- Assan’s character. He is one of the main male characters and a merman, so I’m happy readers like him.
- Elena’s character. Again, she is the main female character and the protagonist, so I would hope she is liked lol
- Unique plot
- My writing and style
- Many readers loved my long descriptions
- The overall mystery of the story
Before I end this post, I just want to remind everyone to be mindful of the feedback you receive. Really read the feedback, and don’t look at it like they are attacking your baby (your story). It took me a long time to accept feedback, and now since I do, I enjoy having others help me improve my work. Of course, I only consider feedback if I can tell they are genuine – not attacking me or judging my story. By judging, I mean not assuming it’s a bad story because it has romance in it. I have dealt with feedback before like that on Wattpad, and that feedback isn’t helpful.