When you publish something; that feeling you get of wanting to skip around and shout out that that is you there in all your worded glory is grand. And everyone gets it. But that feeling fades a little each time you go back to your story and see that no one has yet to comment.
Then suddenly one day, there is actually a real comment from someone other than your mother!!! So how do you deal with it?
Say thank-you of course!!!!
People who comment on your work may give you praise, critique, share with you their opinions on content, style or so much else and sometimes even relate to what you have spoken of in your work. And sometimes, even negative and hurtful comments.
First. Ignore the negative and the hurtful comments. There is a big difference between critique and negativity. Critique is good!!! Negativity bad. And unfortunately, there are just some sad and mean people out there that don't want to see you succeed. But this is not about these types of comments.
You might feel a little miffed that someone tells you that they feel your work was too long, or too short, or not descriptive enough or your characters not "real" enough or whatever... but these comments are actually there to help you grow as a writer. And remember, everyone likes different things. I love lots of words and that is how I write. Some like short, sweet and to the point and that is how they write. And I have no problems saying just that.
When you read a comment that praises you, you'll feel as if you are on cloud nine for a while!!! And this is good!!!
It takes time for a person to comment on your work, you are there on the page reading it. Drop a line and tell your reader thank-you for reading, enjoying, leaving a critique... acknowledge that you appreciate their words.
So I ask of you, what do you do when you get a comment on your work here, or on your blog, or somewhere else? What was your favourite comment? What other story etiquette techniques do you think should be mentioned?