What I mean by this is have you read a story and been like “I wish the writer went a different direction?” or “I wish they have done something more?”
This happens to me a lot when I’m reading stories, both professionally published and unpublished. I do enjoy them…but I feel like the stories would be even more enjoyable if the author did a character, the plot, or the execution of the story differently. Sometimes I make up my own ideas of how I would write their story or a character in my head.
For instance, I used to be a total Twihard from 12-14. Then as I got older and read and wrote fantasy stories more, I began picking out more and more flaws in Twilight. And while I still like the concept of Twilight and some of the characters, I don’t like the execution of the story.
The problem is that I do this with Wattpad stories too. I see their potential and I like the concept, but then the writers write stuff where I think “Why didn’t they do this instead of that?” (This account is new but I’ve been on wattpad before and read and critiqued many stories on other accounts in the past.)
I do like offering suggestions to help other writers improve their stories…but I just don’t want to make a writer feel bad, or re-write the story for them, nor do I want to squash their creativity. So when critiquing, I try to hold myself back from telling them how to write their story but sometimes I can’t help myself.
So does any other writers have this problem?