So, today against my better judgment, I hopped on over to Wattpad to read some books. Mind you I’m really picky about what I read, so I choose a book that looked promising.
As I was reading the story, I saw a lot of things that could be improved. My thinking was, “Oh, I’ll leave feedback to help out a fellow author.” My feedback, always, and I mean always, mentions what the author does well and what I feel they can improve upon.
To make a long story short, I was wrong. Not even 15 minutes later the author PMed me and said the following:
One of my biggest pet peeves are people who go around and tell others what’s wrong with their book. I don’t do that, because I know I’m not perfect in my writing and because. Like. It’s Wattpad. This work hasn’t been edited and I’m sure my editor will catch all mistakes. But thanks.
Needless to say, this was me:
(I know the picture is funny, but seriously, this is how I felt inside.)
To say the least, I was shocked! I’ve left feedback on many stories, and I’ve never had a writer say this to me before. I wasn’t pointing out improvements to be mean, but she felt the need to write this to me. I responded to her by saying you could have simply told me you don’t want feedback. At that moment, I remembered how I acted when people left me feedback. I was a brat, and a whiner, and I don’t blame other authors who got sick of me. Since I’m on the receiving end and handle feedback so much better now, I just shrugged my shoulders and said meh.
I tend to forget a lot of writers just want to be told their story is awesome, and that’s it. A true writer will want feedback, and if the feedback isn’t what the author wanted to hear, they know not to attack the person who was genuinely trying to help them.
Sadly, this behavior is very common among popular writers on Wattpad. Stupid me for thinking I found an author who was different.
Feedback hurts, I know it does, but we need it to improve. I just hope this author learns the same lessons I did.
To my fellow writers, did you ever have someone attack you over feedback?