I’m doing an online short course called ‘Writing books for children (and young adults)’ with the Sydney Writer’s Centre. Today, we received feedback on our module two assignment.
Reading through all of the tutor’s comments and criticism caused me to pause and think again about the value of giving my opinion on a work of IF (or choice-based narrative).
I personally prefer directness and honesty. Though it might chafe at first, usually I’ll find the value in it and take the critique onboard. Besides, I’m often my own most vocal critic.
But is there a need for me to post at length about what disappoints me, about what doesn’t work for me? I didn’t really enjoy writing my last post. In fact, half way through I thought about scrapping it, despite it being the second of a two-part post.
Reviews are an important part of any evaluation process. Game developers depend on informed feedback and focus testing. iApps live and die by their star ratings. Films and novels thrive on the word-of-mouth hype and personal recommendations.
But right now I’m wondering if I really want to be ‘that’ person on this journey any more. Do I really want to be yet another voice sounding off with an opinionated review; yet another ‘expert’? Or would I rather be the IF equivalent of a ‘travel writer’, taking in the view, searching for that undiscovered stretch of pristine beach, or that provincial bakery that uses flour so fine that the bread squeaks when you eat it?
I suspect I already know the answer…