CAUTION READ THIS BEFORE POSTING.Writers looking for critics, post a synopsis of your work here. At the bottom you will find a handy-dandy list of suggestions to use for this. Keep the actual synopsis short (two mid-size paragraphs max. Someone will be along to help you...if you hook their interest, that is. Also, be sure to include a blurb about you, the writer; personal info is neither required nor recommended. Instead, speak on your goals as a writer and how serious you are about this. By "serious" I mean, are you just a fan fic hobbyist looking for some pointers, or are you seriously considering a career as an author? Critics; your job is even easier. All you have to do is read through the synopses until you find one that interests you. If and when you have, PM the author and tell them "I want to be your critic!" Further details (how to exchange works, what the writer wants, what the critic wants, etc. etc. etc.) I leave to individual pairings to figure out. The point here is to help join authors and the editors who might love them in the bonds of unholy geekery, for the betterment of all our nascent works...and to cut down on the plethora of "hey, critique my work!" micro-threads Writer's Block was inundated with. Furthermore, posting large chunks of a potentially publishable work in the public domain can be unwise. Da Roolz: Writers
- 1: Don't spam the thread. So far this has not been a problem as the Dating Service moves rather slowly. Let us continue this. Make your post and be patient; someone will be along to help you - and if nobody comes along, edit your post to make it more interesting.
- 2: Writers are not to PM critics unless a prior arrangement has been made. Critics decide whether or not they wish to read a writer's materal.
- 3: No posts other than synopses; I will be asking the mods to thump any post that doesn't conform to this criterium. Questions? PM me. If I'm not too wasted, I'll answer.
- 4: Keep your synopsis short; two midsize paragraphs at most. The goal here is to interest someone in your work, not tell them all about it.
- 5: Before put your work up for critiquing, run it through spell-check and give it a basic proofread. I've had two people complain to me about works where people did not do this, and that's a valid complaint. Yes, you are looking for help, but spell-check is a click away and it is not beyond the wit of writers to do a basic grammar scan. *
- 6: Don't expect gushing. Expect to hear about weaknesses in your work as well as strengths. If you are not ready for that emotionally, don't post here.
- 7: I would request that authors not delete their posts after they've gotten their help...just edit the post to say you've got all the help you need currently, and if that changes you can edit it back. People have asked me lots of questions about exactly what to put in their post...examples are good, particularly where the example can be seen as a successful one.
- 1: Don't be a dick. If you cannot be direct and honest without being rude, don't volunteer as a critic. If somebody's work sucks, then it sucks...but by taking on the job of a critic you are volunteering to help the writer make their work not suck.
- 2: Don't overcommit. If you don't have the time, don't get a writer's hopes up by P Ming them and then never getting back to them. If your life situation changes and the free time you thought you had up and vanishes, be sure to let the writer know.
- 3: Don't post here (unless you have a synopsis, then by all means...you can swing both ways here, it's all right). Just lurk until something pops up that you like, and PM the author to let them know.
- 4: If it isn't working out, be sure to let the writer know you are going your separate ways - don't just drop off the planet.
- 5: Keep checking old posts! Writers who previously had all the help they needed might need help again.
- A basic idea of the genre.
- What it is (book, script, etc.).
- What kind of help you're looking for (technical, story-based, world-building, factual consultation, etc).
- How far along the work is. This is important. Some critics don't want to teach kindergarten.
- How serious you are - is this for fun, or something you hope to make money off of someday?
edited 22nd Sep '13 1:01:56 PM by drunkscriblerian
- Name: Pandemonium
- Genre: Cosmic Horror Story, Urban Fantasy
- Media: Webcomic
- Criticism: Anything that can be pointed out. Not being very confidant in my own work, I really need the help of anything that can be given. It sounds complex, but if you're willing to work with it, that'd be great
- Progress: Writing out story line, I intend to work on the drawing in a short while
- Summary: Pandemonium follows the tale of four friends, Damien, Michelle, Lucia, and Zachary, as the enter the Æther, a realm separate from normal reality, which is made of multiple planes of existence, ranging from worlds made entirely out of water, to fiery volcano lands, while dealing with Demons, Angels and beings known as the Legion of the Otherworld.
edited 5th Feb '12 3:27:49 AM by draconiansuperior
edited 5th Feb '12 10:21:48 PM by Leradny
- Name: Parthenogenesis
- Genre: Fanfic (Homestuck, you don't necessarily need to read the whole comic to understand what's going on, but contextual knowledge would be helpful) Alternate Universe Fic, Scifi about troll history and biology, Mr. Seahorse but not a kink fic.
- Length: About 2,000 words per chapter; looking more for proofreading and preliminary critique than 'big picture' analysis. Incomplete and ongoing.
edited 25th Feb '12 1:24:00 PM by ItLives
edited 27th Feb '12 9:07:38 AM by Minister
- Name: Pending (I was given the advice to not title a work until it's finished at an early age)
- Medium: Novel, combination First-person/Third-person limited, unfinished early rough draft.
- Genre: Fantasy/Western/(Some) Cosmic Horror
- Length: Three chapters and a prologue currently, the lengths tend to vary
- Concerns: Style, Characters, Pacing, Prose, a bit of everything.
- Synopsis: Set in a world where cowboys with wide-brimmed hats and revolvers on their hips are nearly as common as knights with swords in their belts, the story follows Robert Dierkes as he tells a tale of the Rifts, mysterious gates into another dimension where nothing seems to make sense, Maria, a lady who seems all too eager to venture into the dangerous Ashlands where nothing lives except for insane raiders, and his journeys as he encounters outlaws, cannibals, monstrous beasts, and things beyond comprehension.
edited 22nd Mar '12 5:20:41 PM by Mukora
- Name: Becoming God for Dummies
- Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
- Media: Web Serial Novel
- Criticism: Everything is encouraged as long as it is there to help me.
- Summary: Ravean at the day of his 18th birthday goes out into the world to look for a way to become a god, for it has been his life long dream. He meets up with a cat named Emelius, who was sent down by the universe to keep an eye on Ravean. Emelius thinks that Ravean is not the smartest tool in the shed. They go on a journey to fulfill Ravean's wish.
edited 8th May '12 5:41:29 PM by finchgeam
edited 9th May '12 2:55:51 PM by CarnivorousMoogle
- Massive revisions have been applied to the novel since my last posting.
edited 13th Nov '12 1:43:16 PM by Dimanagul
edited 28th May '12 9:29:19 AM by KingZeal
- When Daniel enters the machine he is promised to wake up to a shower and a shave. He eventually is shaved by a millennia old knife.
- I can come up with quite a few interesting 2001 style acid trips.
- The future society is quite interesting. I was always fascinated by the divide between ivory tower nobles and common peasants and this is made clear. The technological overlords entertaining the locals with essentially a stage magician is hilarious. (The magician is a funny character in his right.
- There is a big internal debate over whether lying to these people is wrong.
- Spoiler [[It was all a figment of his imagination]] Something clever I did was make certain character names represent certain parts of the psyche.
- SYMBOLISM, there are references to dante, nietzsche, descartes, plato, lewis carrol, the bible, etc. For instance the real world represents heaven, purgatory represents purgatory, and the post-apocalypse is hell. Something I can say is fairly unique.
- SYMBOLISM, there are references to dante, nietzsche, descartes, plato, lewis carrol, the bible, etc. For instance the real world represents heaven, purgatory represents purgatory, and the post-apocalypse is hell. Something one can say is trite.
- The story is fairly convoluted but I try to make it episodic in a way, each chapter or two follows a different concept and there is a part division after he wakes up for a reason.
- I am a bit new to prose. Might you throw some good references my way?
edited 22nd Jun '12 11:09:54 PM by sonofkong
edited 23rd Jun '12 9:52:12 PM by SnowyFoxes
edited 29th Jun '12 5:57:49 PM by ATC
I'd truly appreciate any avatar of a reptile sleeping in a Nice Hat
Read Elmer Kelton books
edited 3rd Jul '12 4:23:42 PM by BigBadBob
- Medium: one-on-one literary RPG invitation in letter form
- Length: 500-700 words (yes, just hundreds)
- Concerns: idiomatic language, fitting to context, style/register
- Status: first letter of two is finished, the second is part done
edited 21st Jul '12 2:54:38 AM by peccantis
- Genre: Heroic fantasy
- Format: Novel
- Themes: Growth, maturation, tempering idealism with realism
- Criticism: Pacing, scene-to-scene transition, characterization, worldbuilding
- Length: roughly 31,000 words at present separated into nine chapters
- 'Name:' Substitute Magical Girl/Bushido: Way of the Warrior
- 'Genre:' Magical Girl segueing into Action with Giant Monsters
- 'What it is:' Book
- 'What kind of criticism you're looking for:' I have tons of world details far more then is in the actual story I'd wager, What I'm interested in is making it a more compelling read. Did something stick out to you as underdeveloped or ill explained? Do it go to fast? To slow? I want to keep your attention without loosing you and answer any questions about the world that come to you naturally within the flow of the story.
- 'How complete the work is:' SMG is complete in 12 chapters but serves as a sort of prolong for BWOTW, As if this writing BWOTW is only at chapter 4 of about 40 (or more) Chapters average 9 pages at a 12 point font of times new roman.
edited 2nd Sep '12 12:17:33 AM by NekoLLX
edited 22nd Jan '13 1:45:11 PM by james123182
edited 3rd Sep '12 7:12:17 PM by Jabrosky
edited 27th Sep '12 11:58:33 PM by LinkandSheik
edited 13th Nov '12 1:54:06 PM by Dimanagul
edited 14th Nov '12 11:51:59 PM by Frogger5
edited 23rd Nov '12 10:36:40 AM by Alma
edited 26th Dec '12 9:27:15 AM by BlueNinja0
edited 7th Dec '12 4:30:17 PM by Xamusel