THE CHERRY HUNT
I have just posted this on a piece of work written as a protest, and thought it was relevant to all here on the site:
'The point of posting your work on a writing community such as ABCtales is to gain valuable advice and feedback from fellow amateur and, in some cases, professional writers.
Every time I post a piece, I hope that people will enjoy it and take something from it. However, I also hope that they will point out any errors and offer me advice on how to improve my writing, because I want my writing to be the best that it can be.
If you don't appreciate the wealth of opinions and advice to be had here, and do not wish to receive comments on your work, it is possible to turn the comments off, I believe.
I would hope that nobody simply wants the community to 'ooh' and 'aah' and offer praise, which is merely ego-stroking and worthless, in my opinion.
I have been posting work here for almost eight years and, without a doubt, the feedback and advice I have received has improved my writing so much. I am extremely grateful to anyone who has ever helped me and I feel strongly supported by the community.
p.s. heed the advice; following it might result in the cherry you desire.'