Feb. 24th, 2007

People with low self-esteem are going to have problems with any type of criticism. If you say good things about what they’ve done/written/said, they’re going to assume you’re just saying that to be nice, unless they’re very proud of what they wrote. Even that pride only lasts for a few days. If you tell them bad things, they’ll accept it as their due and become even more convinced of their own lack of worthiness.
How do you handle the situation, then? Mixed criticism. Find something good to say about it, even just “you developed a great image here.” Then find something bad to say about it—and say it in a way that suggests improvement. “Do you think you could add dialogue here to explain X?”
Above all, say something, or the writer/artist will think they’re so horrible you don’t consider what they do worth looking at. And never assume that the person has high enough self-esteem to be able to take that.
I haven’t necessarily followed this yet, but I will try to follow this from now on, and I encourage you all to do the same.

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