How not to give game writing feedback

Yesterday, you learned how to give feedback on game writing.  You may have noticed it’s not all that different to giving feedback to any creative.  However, one major pitfall still lurks, and if you don’t know what it is, you could be heading into disaster. 

WARNING!  While the feedback sandwich works, never use it in isolation.  If you only give positive feedback moments before tearing into your writers’ work, they, like Pavlov’s salivating dogs, will already be steeling themselves whenever they hear “I like how you…”  Worse still, writers familiar with the feedback sandwich may think you’re manufacturing positive feedback to follow the formula and ignore it completely.  An unappreciated writer is a writer looking for work, so keep this in mind.

As in a marriage, so in the workplace:  Try to give positive feedback five times for each time you must use the feedback sandwich to serve up criticism. 

Next up — getting feedback in game writing.  Even if you’re not a writer, you’ll want to know how writers can best navigate the feedback you give them.  In the meantime, anyone care to give some feedback on this post?

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2 responses to “How not to give game writing feedback

  1. Hey, I’ve been reading for a while, and I really enjoy this site. First time posting comments though.

    You asked for feedback, so here goes! I totally agree with you. Few things are worse than hearing a compliment and thinking “Oh, great, here it comes… What did I do wrong now?” We can’t forget that people need positive feedback too!

  2. Thanks for the positive feedback! Only four more positive comments to go until you can start telling us we suck 😉

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