Seen on juno_magic
(Although this is one area of fandom I am not ashamed about. If I love a story, I do want to leave a review, so what I am going to do is see if I can read more
, and then leave a review).
This week (January 27-February 2), I am going to make a concerted effort to leave a comment on every fic I read and enjoy. Too often, I read, I smile, and I move on. But these writers deserve better than that. So this week, I will make sure to leave a comment that is two things:
- Positive, no caveats. No “I loved it, but I wish it had ended differently.” No nitpicking grammar or spelling. Only positive.
- Specific. Put into words what I liked about it. A squee is always good, but stating explicitly what I loved is even better.
Whether a little drabble or an epic novel, whether it’s new to me or something I’ve re-read 100 times. I will leave a comment on every single one.
A comment on A03 or LJ, a reblog with my own positive comment added, an ask or a PM. By whatever method, I want my specific, positive thoughts to get straight to the author. Not just mumbling in the tags, not just clicking “like” or “kudos.” (Though those are nice, too.)
C’mon, do it with me! Taking a moment to write the words will make someone’s day. And in doing so, you might find you make your own day, too.
Spread the love, baby! Thank your fic writers!
On behalf of authors everywhere, I signal boost this idea and am going to do my best to follow suit. I always leave kudos on fics that I like, but direct, personal feedback is so so so much more meaningful to receive. I should leave it more often; I’ve fallen out of the habit. (Not that I don’t love getting kudos. I do. But I love to hear why someone is leaving them.)