When it comes to words of critique, brutal honesty is the best way to get my attention. For some reason I have always taken people at their word. If they make a comment, you can be sure that I believe they mean what they said. I don’t do well when trying to recognize hidden meaning in backhanded compliments or subtle hints to indicate that what I wrote is bad. Actually, many times I don’t even get sarcasm at all which makes the instigating party very frustrated at times. That is my way subconscious way of getting back at them, I suppose.
Similarly, although I have learned to circumvent the truth when doing a critique, I tend to be brutal at times. However, my comments are usually part of a longer conversation I had in my mind and the part that makes it through my mouth is usually something that is perceived as sarcastic and or completely out of left field. I also had to learn to just be quiet and smile when other people are glorifying something that plainly needs a lot of work, you could say that at the moment I’m practicing a spiritual work of mercy. I find it difficult to deliver an honest thought when a person is in need of support so smiling is the best form of feedback.
If you visit my place and see something that needs to be improved on or corrected, just say so. In my little corner of the world, you don’t have to tip toe around a subject. You can be yourself completely. Note that politeness is always appreciated, but I’m not afraid to take a punch. My absent minded psyche protects me from taking offense and I just might get the point you are trying to make.
I especially appreciate suggestions to my works of fiction because I’m trying to acquire a distinct writing style that would be effective in compelling emotions out of my readers and if it is not working, I would like to know how I can convey my ideas better.
Thank you in advance if you decide to be brutally honest when criticizing my writing and similarly, my apologies if my answer is not well padded.