What can YOU say in six sentences?
There's a broad spectrum of talent and subject matter at 6S and writers receive feedback in the form of comments, but these comments pertain to specific pieces. What would happen if writers received a general review? What if you've always wanted to tell a writer one or two things that would make a huge difference in his/her overall writing but are afraid to hurt his/her feelings? (Doesn't that last sentence read awkwardly?).
I received a private comment once, an eye-opener, "I like some of your pieces but you need to work on your grammar."
I bought two "Idiot's Guide" books to assess/fix this. What if we're making the same damn mistakes over and over again and don't know it? It's like walking around with toilet paper on our shoes or leaving our flies open and nobody says a thing.
I've caught some of my mistakes long after hitting "Publish" and cringed at the thought of all the eyes tripping over the errors before I realized they existed. That's bad enough, but the idea of unwittingly repeating the same mistakes creates an ugly paranoia in me. I'm constantly checking my shoes, so much so that otherwise promising stories remain hidden in the bathroom.
If the range of problems runs from A to Z, I'll hang up the craft (not). But please, tell me about my toilet paper and open fly. I don't expect constant deep editing, but a once-and-for-all spoonful of constructive criticism can't hurt. I trust my "friends". Who knows? A deep cleansing review might just mesh with some suspicions we already have about ourselves and our writing.
Would this be a good or bad thing for us all? Can we separate opinion from fact critiques?
It's worth a discussion.