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I've fallen into the habit of not leaving comments on fic if I can't leave a detailed, insightful one.

I think this is because I've read of people complaining of 3 or 4-word comments, and others stating that the only proper comment is a detailed, multi-paragraph one that shows appropriate analysis and reflection.  I like those, too.  I like those, best.  But I frequently don't have the energy for that, particularly on a weekday night, and thus have been reading without commenting at all.

So I think I will go back to leaving brief comments if I can't summon the wherewithal to leave a detailed one.  As an author, I like any acknowledgment that someone liked a story, so I can't help feeling that most other authors would prefer that to no comment at all. 


Jun. 29th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
That sounds like a painful episode. I'm sorry she reacted like she did.

I like hearing what people hope will happen, because it means the characters are real and that I've managed to engage people in the story. I love to think that people think about my characters after they've finished reading!

But I suppose someone could phrase it in a way that offended me: "I think you should play up the ways John resembles the Doctor. And I think he should give Penny some expensive jewelry. If there isn't some smut in the next two chapters, I don't know if I can keep reading." That would definitely be telling me what to do in a way that way that "I hope X happens!" wouldn't be, and it would definitely annoy me!