UPDATE: I no longer advise people to utilize Scribophile. While it can benefit the beginner, it is limited in its ability and caused more trouble for me than aide. While I know of one or two authors who find it benefits them to continue using it, most of the others that I know have moved on or never used it in the first place.
In posting your work on Scribophile, one is subject to a plethora of types of readers and critters, those who crit, or critique, your work. Some of them are what we call “drive-by crits”. Normally made by someone who isn’t really trying and just picking up enough karma points to post their own work, or by someone who doesn’t read your genre and doesn’t have the foggiest notion how to give you a good crit. For example, I got one this morning. Out of the whole chapter, I got two or three typos pointed out and one paragraph that needs work or possibly just removing. The rest of it was garbage. The critter was someone who spent their time reading article after article about how to write instead of just deciding for herself whether she liked the story or not.
In fact, she did like the story. So much, in fact, that she came back for more. Now, many writers will read what she wrote, go read every article she posted a link to, and come back and change their story to fit some carefully calculated pattern of words. Thus, ruining their story. Not me.
I look at it, roll my eyes because I’ve read her crits before, and skim over it anyway in case she did actually catch something. She did, like I said, a few typos a one paragraph. That’s great!
See the problem is, most of the people on there try to get you to conform to their style. No. That’s theirs, not yours or mine. Or they always read adult and want you to write adult. Read the description people. It’s children’s. Even then, they’re clueless. I had one guy crit a picture book and say, “You need to use ‘kitty’ or ‘doggy’ instead of cat and dog because I doubt children of picture book age can read that well yet.” Wooooow! Seriously?
However, every crit, no matter how ridiculous or wonderful, leaves me with a feeling of “This book sucks, I might as well throw it away and give up!” It gets easier every crit, but it’s still hard. So even though I know the book is good. I read the book and enjoy it. I get good feedback. I still doubt every word of every sentence every time. But from what I’ve heard, that’s the normal behavior of being a writer.
Sorry for the rant. Had to be done.