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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013 2:15:32 PM

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Magical_felix wrote:


My favorite critique PM I have received went something like this...

Felix, every time you write a story it's like you take a shit and it smells different every time. Congrats.

...I'll admit that it was pretty funny.


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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013 3:06:00 PM

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Quote:
Scoring applies as follows:
1=Needs a lot of work; 3=Average or Could be better; 5=Awesome, loved it, wish I wrote it
Story Opening: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Conflict: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Plot: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Setting: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Characterisation: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Dialogue: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Point of View: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Show versus tell: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Format: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Grammar: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________
Writing Style: Rating 1-5 ___ Comment: ____________


Might want to add "Arousal:" and delete some that many readers aren't that qualified to judge. Grammar is already screened by the mods. Not sure Point of View is needed. Format and Show Versus Tell are part of Writing Style.

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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013 3:40:20 PM

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cocokisses wrote:


I suppose that we will have to agree to disagree on this one. I like, correction... I love to hear how a story makes a person feel. However, I do not want a person with grammar worse than my own to critique me, nor do I want someone who doesn't know about plot development to critique my story ideas. This is a good idea for some not for all. I would not like to see the current system changed to this one.


Fair enough. We're all looking for something different. I wouldn't want to see something as structured as TheDevilsWeakness suggested, as it makes it more of an exercise about ticking boxes in my mind (both for the author and the critic). I tend to be a bit less formal in my own mind and writing (even if it doesn't appear that way). I'm not looking for jot and tittle, line by line dissection, just a few pointers for future reference. But then, maybe others are.

I would just like it known that I would value sincere input regarding my stuff from anybody who cared enough to offer it, without tit for tat attitudes or putting a burden on people. I thought Liz's idea was a good opportunity for that.

I wouldn't want a pre-submission forum, though. That's what proofreading is for, in my opinion, but I can see why others might want it.



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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 5:25:15 PM

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As usual, I'm getting in on the tail end of this discussion. FWIW, I'm in favor of both suggestions. Give writers and those willing to give some serious feedback the option.

Of course, writers can already encourage PM crits by leaving a note to readers asking for such feedback at the end of their epics. And to function with any effectiveness, a crit forum would need a mod. Otherwise, there will be a LOT more requests for crits than crits given. Also, some single-digit IQ types will throw up a first draft from hell and want it, not critiqued, but given a line-by-line proof read.

Ain't nutting' perfect in this world, not even in Lushland. . But if there's a reasonable chance either plan could help and encourage Lush writers, why not give it a try?

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nicola
Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013 10:34:03 PM

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I quite like the idea.

However, we piloted something similar many years ago, and as a few have said, yes, some people treated it like a free editing service.

There is also the issue that the vast majority of authors on here, are amateurs, so would there be enough "experts" willing to give their time offering serious critiques? I can see it ending up a a larger version of our existing comment area.

We may look into this once we have some essential upgrades completed.

In the meantime, for anyone wanting a serious story critique, head to Desdmona's Fish Tank. They are set up specifically as a writer's group for erotica authors.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 12:23:33 AM

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nicola wrote:
I quite like the idea.

However, we piloted something similar many years ago, and as a few have said, yes, some people treated it like a free editing service.

There is also the issue that the vast majority of authors on here, are amateurs, so would there be enough "experts" willing to give their time offering serious critiques? I can see it ending up a a larger version of our existing comment area.

We may look into this once we have some essential upgrades completed.

In the meantime, for anyone wanting a serious story critique, head to Desdmona's Fish Tank. They are set up specifically as a writer's group for erotica authors.



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