I spent a little time on this site today, mostly reading critiques by other members of submitted stories (aka critiques of other peoples stories, I have not submitted a story yet). I would say overall the critiques are quite good. Most provided some meaningful feedback on story structure and/or grammar, punctuation, etc. I was surprised by how thorough a few were.
I’m going to read a few new story submissions and critique them today.
I’ll submit a new short story I’m wrapping up later this week, or maybe one I just finished, still debating which to toss over the fence first.
Overall, so far looks pretty good !
Definitely report back on the results you get. I’m extremely interested in knowing how well it works.
I’ve signed up but I haven’t submitted anything for critique yet. Seems like it’s pretty active though, at least for short-stories and some novel excerpts.
I backed out on seeing it’s not for poetry writers.
Yay for the Oxford comma! But… replacing all commas with semi-colons? Really?
Looks like I need to go revisit my links. I wasn’t particularly happy with them, but now I have some language to explain why.
I sort of had the opposite progression. I quit using word/office but went to plaintext, instead of online editing. At least for the long form stuff. Anymore, just opening an interface with more than 2 tool bars kind of stresses me out.
As someone who just started blogging (again) recently, this is great to read. He nails the self doubting that can happen (for me especially, it’s the struggle to edit anything; I often feel as though my posts are rambles), and helped me remember that this happens to literally everyone.
It’s odd how lots of things are moving to web apps. I actually have a high web app workflow, Trello, Evernote and Gdocs, kinda crazy. What’s interesting is I can’t go back to desktop only word processors, Word and OpenOffice just don’t have the flow/ease-of-use for me.
Why is everything a web app nowadays?
I wrote my first short story mainly in Treeline, much easier to set up.
I was never quite sure why I like The Office so much, but now I do.
Doesn’t subtract from my liking of Arrested Development, fortunately, but there is a point to be made.
TV has largely embraced people being assholes or worse, and I find that sad. I thought Girls is a kind of parody about how awful people can be, and it’s sort of said out loud in the first season. Then it dragged on with the awfulness in place.
My brain died with that show, but it was resurrected a bit by shows like The 100.
Not literal feasts, but a couple of “feasts” featuring the best of Southern Hospitality. The focus was mostly on what the food and manners of eating showed about the participants and their relationships. It’s good practice. :-)
Someone in the comments mentioned the Atreides feast and GRRM’s feasts. I’ve read only the Dune novels of the two, but yeah, solid points.
Throughout the beginning example, I was thinking to myself that this is boring as shit and taking Enid Blyton’s food descriptions to a level that should not exist.
Has anyone here written a feast scene? I kind of feel like I should try it out.
Yeah, this technique is most applicable in team environments either at work or on a project where everyone is on the same side. That being said, even when there are multiple sides, I think that more often than not you can find a way for both sides to win.
This applies quite well to real-life interaction as well, though you have to be better prepared and/or quick on your feet.
The major hardship, though, is when when facts and values collide. Someone can argue through facts and the other party may even accept the facts, but if the outcome isn’t obviously positive for everyone, the other party is likely not persuaded.
In online debates you can agree to disagree but in something like politics the consequences can be disastruous.
And how did I forget the Brandon Sanderson lectures!
One year of them was shared here, I believe. I didn’t actually check cuz I’ve seen two sets or so.
A lot of emphasis on fantasy, yet still very good and he has a great natural style of presenting.
My absolute favorite/most hated writing practice, though, is reading the first chapter of Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. After throwing the book against the wall, I am much more motivated and confident in my ability to write.
I read more guides than I can remember. Holly Lisle’s guides are excellent. The Anatomy of Story was heavy and I found it either dull or better suited for screenwriting. The Snowflake one was good overall.
Now I can’t read anymore without being a bit of a critic. So there’s that. I try to think of what works and what doesn’t. But I did a bit of that even before taking an interest in writing. Dan Brown made me see that not everything brown is chocolate.
I should do drills and prompts and whatever, but find myself ok with a balance of constantly reading and casually writing.
This is one of those topics that writers tend to overlook, but it’s very important.
They put so much effort into getting “published” because they think it’s the brass ring, but can end up giving rights that are exceptionally valuable in the long term.
Trade-published books tend to do well or die within the first year. Self-publishing seems a long game; you won’t go from zero to NYT best-seller overnight, but you can build a reliable fan base over ten years.
So, once your trade-publisher gives up on you, you need those rights back so you can try to do something with them. Unfortunately, even the time that it’ll take for them to let you go may be more than they’re willing to invest.
I opened the link with a slight anxiety that I’d find the beginning of my novel there. Of course it’s been on hold for years, so it wouldn’t really matter.
I open with just a bit of dialogue and then action kicks in. I’m quite happy that there’s a twist in there, though it’s almost a trope.
Unfortunately introducing the other lead is a bit more alarm-clocky meandering, but I keep telling myself the change of pace is good and that it fits the character better.