HOW NOT TO COMPLIMENT ARTISTS/WRITERS
DON’T : “Your stuff is so good, I feel so bad about my stuff, it’s so shit compared to yours! I’m so jealous!”
WHAT YOU MEAN : “Your stuff is so good, I wish I was that good!”
WHAT THEY HEAR : “I feel so bad about my stuff, your stuff makes me feel like shit.”
Nobody wants to think they made someone else unhappy just by posting a piece of work. Avoid putting yourself down in the tags and just cut it off at the first sentence! They aren’t posting this to make you feel bad.
Along those lines, also avoid “you only did that in [x] time?! It would take me hours” or “You’re only [age]?! I’m so much older and I can’t draw like that!”
Don’t compare yourself to the creator in the tags/when talking to them. Even if they’re young, they’ve probably spent a lot of time drawing/writing to get to that level. Likewise, if they can produce stuff fast, that’s the result of a lot of practice.
People don’t post pieces to compete against you. Saying it would take you hours or putting yourself down because you’re older but not at their level turns into a competition they never wanted to enter. If you want to compliment an artist or author, there’s a really simple formula you can follow:
“I really like this (or words to that effect)” + “specific detail about something you like” = compliment!
Adding in a detail you noticed (the colors, the background, the descriptiveness, the dialogue, whatever) is like an extra boost of happiness because detailed feedback is always better. People like to know exactly what they did right.
They get to feel happy they made you happy and that their hard work is appreciated! And you get to reward them for doing something that made you happy. Win-win.