I'll be completely honest and tell you this: cee69 invited to this group when she first made it because she was a fan of my stories, and we both expressed wishes to have feedback on our work. I don't post in this group much because I'm well aware that my brand of literature caters to a specific type of reader, which aren't really the kind that participate in this group.
And in the spirit of being honest, I don't read many of pieces that crop in my messages from this group because it's not the type of literature I joined deviantart to read.
That does not mean I don't appreciate the hard work and creativity that goes into each piece, because I do. I know what it's like to languish over each word and plot device. I do believe everyone deserves an honest critique of their work. I believe whole-heartedly in what this group is doing. I just don't know if I can meet its expectations.
Thank you for your honesty I appreciate it and also that you gave your opinion over this. What exactly do you write? And I am planning to make a system where works are not only accepted here, they are GUARENTEED critiques. On prose, poetry, and story chapters. I will make a system for it. Of course the critiques given will not be professional but rather than wondring if adding work to a group will get someone critiques or not, I want to ensure them. But... the members will also be asked something in return I hope you get to read the rules in the group and see if your work fits here
As for what I write: I generally classify it as GiD themed (Gentlemen in Distress) with a little BDSM thrown in. Like I said, it caters to a very specific audience. And I have a strong suspicion that most of the people in this group don't have that particular taste.
Well to be honest, there are many works that I read that might be totally against my taste but I read them an critique them, only mentioning my personal taste but then considering the piece from a neutral perspective. So... if you want critiques, you CAN add the work to this group But then again it is your choice I do agree that this is a... rare delicacy if I may say
"Flames" are just comments made by people ranting about how much they hate what you're writing about and how inappropriate they think it is. I've never recieved any myself, but I've seen it happen to others. Which is why many writers who touch on the same subject as me start every piece with a warning to any and all haters to just not read it.
I'm more likely to critique if somebody approaches me with something. It's not laziness, ok, it's part laziness, but when somebody tells me to critique something in this MASSIVE gallery, I'm more likely to avoid choosing anything at all. It's like if it were raining outside and somebody told me to pick a raindrop. Know what I mean?
Ah that is quite correct I understand how you feel. But just out of curiosity, if I were to compare the situation with that of rain when someone asks you to pick a tea spoon out of a bucket that is placed in the rain, would you still feel that way? Meaning, that if not perhaps a specific work, if someone gives you 20 works and asks you to critique any 2 or 3 of them, would that be fine?