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Assignment Robot
 22 Feb 2006, 21:24 #2246 Reply To Post
Sometimes reviews raise questions.

This is the forum to ask general or specific questions to readers or to any member.

E.g. General Questions like 'My readers say I use 'I' too much in my first person narrative, what method can I employ to tackle this?

Or specific questions about your own chapters if you're not quite sure about points that readers are making e.g. 'My readers say some parts slow the narrative down, I think such and such may do this, but can anyone confirm?'

In the future, we'll be introducing a feature to edit chapters at any time when chapters aren't assigned, so should you feel from your reviews that you want to pinpoint readers about certain issues, you can always pop a question or two at the end of your chapters to see if your readers will address them in their reviews.


demolinero
 26 Mar 2006, 18:51 #4506 Reply To Post
Hi - quite a few people were assigned my chapters and three people have declined to review. Is this simply because they are bored out of their skulls by my writing, I ask myself ?



I hoped that by doing reviews for others some people would be kind enough to return the favour. I have received one very constsructive review, which I'm acting on, but more would be even more helpful.

I'm new to writing and even newer to reviewing. I hope to get better at both. Any help would be appreciated folks!



http://www.elizabethjasper.com

Find my books on Amazon Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lying-in-Wait-ebook/dp/B0055T772K/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meggie-Blackthorn-ebook/dp/B005UBZOPA/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Bed-of-Knives-ebook/dp/B007PT0ILA/
The Other No 10 by Jo Jacobs https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IVPN24C




Kestanan
 26 Mar 2006, 19:31 #4509 Reply To Post
I have to admit, at least one of the pieces ive been given was beyond my abilty to critique. There was genuinly nothing i could say that would be either constructive or helpfull and nothing i could fault at all.
I figure, fair enough, if i cant i cant. I suggest for the sake of your ego you assume thats the case, rather than your writing boring people, trust me on this (beam)

As for reviews, theyll come mate.

K.
Cheer Up! Tommorow will be worse
demolinero
 26 Mar 2006, 22:45 #4514 Reply To Post
Quote: Kestanan, Sunday, 26 Mar 2006 19:31
I have to admit, at least one of the pieces ive been given was beyond my abilty to critique. There was genuinly nothing i could say that would be either constructive or helpfull and nothing i could fault at all.
I figure, fair enough, if i cant i cant. I suggest for the sake of your ego you assume thats the case, rather than your writing boring people, trust me on this (beam)

As for reviews, theyll come mate.

K.


Hi again

Just done a free will on Laziness. Really, really loved it. Oh, and did get another review today. short, but sweet. Thanks for the encouragement.
http://www.elizabethjasper.com

Find my books on Amazon Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lying-in-Wait-ebook/dp/B0055T772K/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meggie-Blackthorn-ebook/dp/B005UBZOPA/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Bed-of-Knives-ebook/dp/B007PT0ILA/
The Other No 10 by Jo Jacobs https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IVPN24C




QBall
 04 Apr 2006, 00:31 #5314 Reply To Post
So far I have reviewed three stories, two of which I admit I have little to contribute as constructive advice. The reason is the genre does not fit in with my reading preferences. I have not turned down any of my assignments and I have tried to be as fair as possible with the authors.
I hope authors do not take offence at my rambling; as an old fogie my take on some material may be biased.
Rest assured I will not say anything detrimental.
Cheers,
QBall
(aka L. Roger Quilter).
GD
 04 Apr 2006, 01:12 #5315 Reply To Post
Quote: QBall, Tuesday, 4 Apr 2006 00:31
So far I have reviewed three stories, two of which I admit I have little to contribute as constructive advice. The reason is the genre does not fit in with my reading preferences. I have not turned down any of my assignments and I have tried to be as fair as possible with the authors.
I hope authors do not take offence at my rambling; as an old fogie my take on some material may be biased.
Rest assured I will not say anything detrimental.
Cheers,
QBall
(aka L. Roger Quilter).


Thank you very much for your review of my writing, What's in a Name? Your review was in no way rambling, thank you so much for taking the time to read the earlier chapters. As for being an old fogie, I'm sure you're not. Thanks again.
Modest Mouse
 21 Jun 2007, 13:13 #19051 Reply To Post
Hi - I'm fairly new to this site but have done 9 reviews so far. Not all of them were my cup of tea, so to speak, but I've always been able to provide comment and express an opinion.

If I were to end up assigned a piece of writing that I feel was beyond my ability to critique by dint of it being so good, that would be the feedback I would provide. Constructive criticism is essential in order for us to improve, or to at least reassess, but sometimes an encouraging 'well done' is just as valuable.

Ah'm anither yin in the Shed http://www.bookshed.eu

Assignment Robot
 21 Jun 2007, 13:40 #19056 Reply To Post
It's a good point. I think different reviews can be taken in different ways. Some members have commented that an encouraging comment, even if not with much constructive criticism added, can be valued at times (particularly for early reviews). At other times, more constructive 'meat' will be desired.

We were thinking about the value of mentioning to reviewers if their review will be a story's first review e.g. not to sway one way or other but for the reviewer to still give straightforward opinion but perhaps be that bit more aware in their review phrasing.
Timber Beast
 21 Jun 2007, 14:20 #19061 Reply To Post
Modest,

I use the categories of characters, narrative, story, ideas, etc. These can be useful in answering the writer’s concerns; e.g. are the characters well formed and believable? Is the dialogue crisp and does it move the story forward?

This helps me for the majority of the stories on YWO. I use the remove function for the downright weird and experimental.
Best,
Norm
Forestry combines art and science, grapples with the ecological riddles of our time, but it's also a job. That's what I write about.

Timberati
To everything blog, blog, blog
Modest Mouse
 21 Jun 2007, 14:28 #19062 Reply To Post
Quote: Timber Beast, Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 14:20
Modest,

I use the categories of characters, narrative, story, ideas, etc. These can be useful in answering the writer’s concerns; e.g. are the characters well formed and believable? Is the dialogue crisp and does it move the story forward?

This helps me for the majority of the stories on YWO. I use the remove function for the downright weird and experimental.
Yes, I've had that type of crit. through a writers' group that I used to belong to (but which, sadly, no longer exists). I personally find it very useful simply because once I get an idea in my head I tend to get the writing of the story component done first and then, through my revises and edits, go back and sort out the technical aspects.

For me, there's a huge responsibility on the individual receiving the crit (as opposed to the 'critter'!) to take it in the spirit that it is intended.

As a sort of unrelated aside, I think the system of critting this site adopts to be far superioir to any other writing site I've come across.

Ah'm anither yin in the Shed http://www.bookshed.eu

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