Okay, here’s the thing about freedom of speech. I don’t have any obligation to read or care about overly negative comments. Every author learns this eventually, I figured it out a few years ago, but there’s a huge difference between helpful criticism and trolling.
For example, let’s say someone writes a few page long comment about how they hate your story, they think you’re childish, they don’t like your personality, they personally hate you, they disagree with your beliefs(Moral, religious, cultural or whatever.) and after that goes on to try and lecture you. It’s totally within your power to simply delete their comment and pretend like it never happened. I’ve done this many times before.
This is called ‘moderation’. When you own the website, you’re allowed to do this with impunity and unless you write a post about it, I bet the people who left the obnoxiously long hate-filled comment would never even know.
The purpose of this entire post is for future writers and new writers out there. Don’t let negative people into your lives and certainly don’t allow them to pollute your website. It’s ‘your’ website. They didn’t pay for it. They didn’t earn the right to berate you. And the most mature thing to do is simply ignore them and delete whatever annoying things they say.
Anyway, that’s pretty much all I had to say. Honestly, I don’t even remember the person’s username anymore and it only happened a few minutes ago… Back when I started out, I would get so upset whenever anyone said anything negative, but now I can delete it without even remembering the content and get back to writing again immediately afterwards :).
Oh, I remember something! The first thing they said was that the prologue of “The Dao of Eros” wasn’t funny. Well, it’s not really ‘supposed’ to be funny. TDoE is probably one of the most serious stories I’ve written. Even though Levi does have a sort of ‘carefree’ and ‘humorous’ attitude most of the time, the content is extremely dark in many ways. I won’t get into it though, because I might give spoilers.
Of course, I still think it’s hilarious at times, but I never once tried to write the story in a ‘funny’ way. “Hardcore OP-ness” on the other hand, yeah, that’s supposed to be funny. It’s what I would consider a comedy for the most part.