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Musing about reviews

I love getting reviews and I don’t mind harsh ones. After all, reviews are written for the readers – they’re not their to stroke the egos of the writers. If you’ve developed sufficient rhino hide, you can learn a lot about what works and doesn’t work from a well thought out critical review. (And if you’re a writer and haven’t gotten your rhino hide training kit ready, you really shouldn’t be submitting stuff anyway. You are NOT a special snowflake. Some people will not like your writing. Period. But I digress . . . )

However, lately I’ve gotten a spate of reviews that befuzzle me. The reviews have been pretty good, (go me!), and then they throw in this line, “I really enjoyed the story, but it would have been better if it had been longer.”

Which could be a problem.

The stories they’ve been reviewing lately are short stories.

I tend to write “long” short stories anyway (8-12K). Now, I tend to take those comments with a grain of salt, especially since most of the review has been pretty complimentary, (again, go me!), but it just brings me up. Did the reviewer not know they were being handed a short story? Do they not like short stories in general? Are they implying I should use these characters in longer settings (novellas, novels)?

And, it’s probably just writer paranoia creeping in, but that comment has me confusered*. Oh well, back to writing my “too short” stories. *grin*

*(c) Carl Pietrantonio, 1992.

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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