A thought about feedback for writers...
I’ve seen lots of posts featuring the idea that positive feedback (like tags and comments and recs) encourages writers to want to continue writing more. And that’s absolutely so true! But there’s another reason why it’s so appreciated, and I wonder if sometimes this might not occur to readers.
*disclaimer- I’m speaking for myself here, but I feel pretty sure that most writers would agree with me, which is why I’m bothering to share.*
The thing is that we’re almost never 100% sure that what we’ve written is great stuff.
As a writer, you might like what you’ve written. You might have enjoyed writing it and feel personally entertained by the finished product in one way or another. But you’re still left with at least a tiny bit of nagging doubt; wondering, “eh…maybe it’s not as good as I think.” This isn’t low self esteem or feeling like you just generally suck at writing. You can absolutely believe that you’re a skilled writer but still routinely experience this feeling. And though I’m talking about writing, I’d venture to say that this applies to any artistic creation. But anyway, my point is to keep that in mind anytime you read something either on here or a fan fic site. If there’s anything you like, anything positive to say, please say it. Because it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been around, how many fics you’ve written, how many notes you get on posts, or kudos or whatever…at least a sliver of doubt and a tiny heart palpitation will always be there every time a writer hits “post.” And hearing some genuine words of appreciation is just what’s needed to make that writer sigh in relief and know that it was indeed worth sharing. Without that bit of positive feedback there’s nothing to kill that nagging doubt, which means it can be allowed to grow. And that’s a pretty lousy feeling.
Hope this resonates with my fellow writers, and I also hope it reminds readers why they hold so much power within a fandom. 😉