"Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever."
~ George Orwell
I began writing gentle stories for my grandchildren and by the time I'd written each their own little story, I was hooked on writing. I've had some things published, but found my true interest was in reading and helping new writers begin their own journey. I truly enjoy watching new talent develop, even though I get as grouchy as an old woman when I fail to explain my suggestions clear enough.
Welcome to the open doors of theReviewers Addiction Syndrome Self-Help Society.
I was asked this question once:
Q. What's the difference between a Review and a Critique?-
A. What's the difference? Who cares? Just give me something I can read and rip to pieces. I'm damn tired of being nice!
Can you even read the stupid newspaper without a "Look here, they used 'your' instead of 'you're' again! Have you ever sent a review to the editor? Perhaps offering your services? Maybe you wanted to, but managed to constrain (try restrain), shoot! BRIDLE yourself?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this is the place for you! You have the malady known as Reviewers Addiction Syndrome. There is no known cure, but there is good news. At Reviewers Addiction you will find the relief you seek. We will throw our opinions out there and see what sticks. Turn on the fan!
JPS gave this great quote and he gave me permission to post it.
"What we as writers really want is usually a combination of what we say: ("I want honest comments, ("tell me what I am doing wrong, I want to learn")
and what we feel: ("This is a great story, I spent hours writing it and I love it, it is my baby and I want everyone to tell me how brilliant it is.")
This is rather hard for the reviewers to deliver, especially when they are also writers and know of this dilemma."
Isn't that the truth.