On another amateur writer's site where my story The Other Half is being posted, I've received some very kind comments, some helpful suggestions, notes concerning places where some clarification was needed, and the following comment:
"I would have enjoyed this chapter, and the rest of your tale......
But you spent far too much time fucking around, filling the page with banalities and generally indulging in stuffing around.
When are you authors going to fucking learn: a plot isn't a device.
Note to editor of these pieces: please cease all collaborative work, YOU FUCKING SUCK."
Now...all who comment have a point to make, an opinion, and it is as valid for those who don't like a story as it is for the ones who post nothing but sunshine and butterflies and praise galore. In fact, those who criticize a story can provide better aid to a writer than the ego stroking. Though, I admit, the ego stroking is more enjoyable even if less informative. However, the above comment provides nothing of use to the writer (me)...beyond a giggle.
Of everything that was written in the comment, the one thing that really stood out was "a plot isn't a device." Um...come again?
The plot IS the story; without it, there'd just be a listing of characters, places, and planned events. It'd be an outline. While I do have an outline, somehow I doubt anyone would want to read that over the fleshed out story. Then again, you never know.
Which leaves me to wonder if he doesn't approve of the main plot point: the Human-Others Summit. In today's political climate, maybe it's a bit too close to the stuff on the news? Or maybe, being that it's a site dealing with, primarily, erotica, he's upset that there hasn't been any 'hawt sex' for him to wank by? Who knows?
The only part of his little comment that I didn't find amusing was his last line. There was no point in taking a dig at Mokkelke. It was uncalled for and ruined a very nice, if laughingly confusing, comment.