Topic Rejection vs Approval
20 May 2016 14:38
I just rewrote a story and counted on Grammarly. Perfect example. It actually INCREASED the errors. I have a LOT to learn about sentence structuring and punctuation. But, with every rejection or absence of what WE think should be an RR, can teach us something if we don't take it personally. 'Oh well, live and learn.
There is nothing wrong in using a spelling or grammar check, but it should only be used as a pass over your work rather than being solely relied on. Nothing will substitute for a thorough proofread, probably more than once. I always leave my work alone for a while to gain enough perspective to see mistakes. Grammar and punctuation rules can be difficult to take on board in large bites. Keep a good reference available as you check your work. After a time it will all click. There is no shame in spending time correcting and polishing your work. I sometimes agonize over finding just the right word to express what I want to say. All of this adds up to raise the quality of your writing and make it more likely to be posted without being returned for editing and changes.
Topic Rejection vs Approval
20 May 2016 14:00
Moderators take no pleasure in sending stories back, but their mandate is for posted stories to be literate. I did the job for more than two years and got push back from writers whose stories were filled with spelling mistakes because they had relied on some spell checking software. They allow mistakes that are words. Learn the difference between there, their, and they're. That is just an example of the kind of error I mean. The other recurring mistake was the use of apostrophes. They signify either a contraction or possession, not a plural (unless added to a plural to make it possessive). There are many grammar rules that have not been learned or have been forgotten by writers, and it is necessary to persevere. Textspeak has undermined literate English and is not acceptable outside that context.
Make use of the writer's resources on the site and those recommended by other writers. Your stories will get better with the amount of work you invest and you will be less likely to receive a rejection note. It will be easier as time goes on, I promise.
Topic What are you reading?
19 May 2016 18:11
I just finished this. An editor friend of mine gave me an advance copy. It is as if "The Talented Mr. Ripley" was combined with Lisbeth Salander and a dash of porn. If anyone else has read it, I would like to know what you think.
Topic You are going to Writer's Hell!! Bring wine.
04 May 2016 14:09
I saw Nora Ephron's son interviewed about the documentary he had made about his mother. Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame is his father and her next husband was writer Nick Pileggi. She was the daughter of two screen writers and wrote for newspapers, magazines, and the screen in her career as well as several books. She wrote Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and Julia and Julia. All of this is preamble to the advice Nora's mother gave her: Everything is copy.
I think that we are scavengers and magpies as mentioned already. All of our life's experiences, interactions with people, thoughts, memories, emotions and observations form a vast trove to draw on when we write whether conscious or not. I have written a story based on a real experience. I have written others that come from imagination but are based on material from that trove. We remember how something sounded or felt or the emotion of a particular moment and that is transferred from our consciousness to the page.
I guess we are all going to hell, but judging by those who have added their voices here we will have a good time. I am with you, ABG. I brought a nice Barolo.
Topic 'American English'
25 Apr 2016 13:58
There are a lot of usages in the UK e.g. lift, loo, lorry that are different in American English (elevator, bathroom, truck).
Topic Personal attacks in heated discussions. Acceptable, or not?
23 Apr 2016 10:58
I completely agree that there are unpleasant members on Lush. Just as there are unpleasant people every day in our lives. It's a natural order of things. No good without bad. No light without dark. The best way to deal with those members you don't like is not to deal with them. At some point they will have burned every bridge and there won't be anywhere else for them to go. If a troll gets fed they will stay until the food runs out.
'nuff said. Back to my shadows.
Agreed. I would like to add to that. Remember that you are unlikely to convince someone who disagrees with you by insulting them. They may be as adamant in their position as you are in yours. If they remain entrenched in their view after hearing your logical argument, accept the stalemate and walk away. It is not always necessary to have the last word. It is the impulse to keep responding that feeds those who are trolls. Discourse in the public arena will likely reveal who is right.
Now I will join Warlock in the shadows.
Topic Best female characters?
19 Apr 2016 19:52
Stacey in "Stacey's Choice" is the heroine of the first story I wrote on my own. I had previously written only poetry and collaborated on stories. The story takes place in my city. She shares my love of both the Mediterranean countries and art, and a weakness for arty men. To be honest, I think there is a piece of me in every almost every female character I have written, but perhaps because Stacey was my first, she remains dear to me.
Topic COFFEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 Apr 2016 10:02
My idea of bliss.
Topic Who should be the next US president?
15 Apr 2016 15:06
Maybe it is because he is a bombastic egotist who has no idea about governance of a country, domestic or foreign policy, or anything else that a president should know. He is like a carnival pitchman with no depth of knowledge. People are afraid for someone like that to be in that position. He is far better to go back to doing "Apprentice" on television. Governance is not a reality show. With respect, he has appealed to the worst in people: intolerance and bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and an anti-intellectualism that is appalling. He was in bed with the Tea Party and the birthers, knowingly undermining President Obama's authority. He is now acting like a child crying foul when he did not have the savvy to know the rules for delegates and the process in every single state. If he and his team are incapable of that how could he possibly run the country? I don't understand his appeal unless his voters imagine he will somehow make them rich too. Not likely.
Topic The inability to let someone go- an excuse for murder?
14 Apr 2016 14:50
This is not love, it is about power. Control is a big element in this which is why it often happens when a spouse who has already been physically and/or emotionally abused leaves. The men (sorry but it is usually men) cannot accept that their spouse is beyond their control and their rage spins out of control with the ultimate violence. If there are children involved it is not so easy to leave and find a safe place to escape. Restraining orders are a step that can be taken but in reality cannot protect anyone 24/7.
Topic Book recommendations
11 Apr 2016 13:12
A great read.
The tenth in a series of stories taking place in Montreal and the Eastern Townhships in Quebec. Wonderful supporting characters reappear in this series about the head of the homicide unit of the Quebec police.
Topic Advice before submitting a story
07 Apr 2016 12:26
Sorry to open a forum that has been closed or dead for a while, but I have a few questions and thoughts. I love to write not only erotica but other stories as well. So a few stories have come back as rejected due to mostly writer error (hard to admit but hey it's the truth). Ok first thing I noticed is "run on sentences" comes up a lot. I have tried what buz has said. Going away leaving it be for a while then coming back. Going through it multiple times but it keeps coming up. I really don't have someone to proof read. Mostly because most of my friends hate to read. So its basically me reading my story over and over again. Any suggestions? Next question is. I see that when I am supposed to edit my story, the mods would prefer that I do it on Lush. I write a lot when I am on the road. It is so much easier for me to go back into my files and edit it there. Is it a MUST to edit it on Lush or a preference?
Thanks with any help.
The issues outlined in my original post are as relevant now as they were when it was written, so no apology is necessary. Run on sentences usually include too many thoughts or actions in one sentence. As you write or re-read your work ask yourself if your sentences could be divided and have the pieces stand alone. You might also read some EP stories to give you an idea of their styles. Editing for spelling should not depend on spell check or similar programs as they allow mistakes that are words. If you feel your spelling needs more help, perhaps asking if there are members willing to proofread your work in the Writer's Forum would be a good idea.
Story moderators prefer that you edit your story within Lush when it is sent back to you because they can see the changes you have made in its iterations and therefore if you have made the corrections requested. It wastes moderator time when some members resubmit their stories without having gone through the list provided to them and made the changes asked for.
I hope this helps.