So as a writer, I know some of the hardest fucking things people struggle with is getting a review of their writing. As writers, when we get feedback, it is very rarely constructive and usually focuses on things people like or in some cases don't like. Which in of itself is fine - any feedback is better than no feedback - it doesn't really help the process in growing as a writer. It's an uphill climb in of itself of getting noticed, and the better your writing is, the more likely that's going to happen. And what this thread is for is an avenue for writers to get a general critique on their writing - to find the areas they're doing well in or not so well in.
So first of all I should probably explain what makes me so sure I'm the right person to offer such a service.
Now for those of you don't know me beyond "that psychopathic player in mafia" or "that weird Digimon girl," I'm Ruki and I'm one of the section mods of the Role Play Guild. I've been writing ever since I was a babe and I currently work as a reporter in a newspaper covering stories. So basically, being paid to write. I went to a rather prestigious school for journalism in my home state which had several Pulitzer Prize winners graduate from it (St. Bonaventure for those who are curious), and so I can guarantee you I have the technical concepts of writing down rather well. I've also taken several creative writing classes, written across several mediums and once again, mod the Role Play Guild. So I am not lacking when it comes to either creative or factual sort of writing.
I have a solid foundation of what consists of a good story structure, different tropes in literature and how to play with and subvert them and how to build a world which is well rounded. I'm known for making complicated and complex characters with varying degrees of motives and subtleties. While I don't have a degree in psychology, I understand enough of it to apply it to characters and over the years I have built up a hefty mental data bank of random tidbits of facts which can help add the little extra details which can really sell a story and make people believe in it more.
Essentially I may not be a published fiction author by any means, but my credentials are far from lacking. I can assure you, I do know what I'm talking about.
So what am I offering exactly?
What this thread says. Reviews.
I will look at any story - fictional or non-fiction - and give my feedback. While I will not be an editor (I don't have the time nor energy for that level of detail and care to dedicate in my free time), I will give you my first impressions and thoughts on any story which you may link me to. Please note I may not (probably won't) read the entire story if it is already in multiple of chapters depending on their length, and will only be commenting on what I see as a reader in the early stages. However, as an author, you will need to grab the reader in the early stages of the story, so this part is the most critical anyways.
In my feedback I will:
- Give my first thoughts on show versus telling.
- The general grammar and technical make-up of the work.
- First impression of characters and the world.
- Any tropes or stereotypes I notice that I think you maybe shouldn't use. (For example, killing off a girlfriend/wife in order to spur on a male protagonist to action - i.e. the Disposable Woman or Stuffed into the Fridge tropes)
- How easy it is for a reader to follow.
- Any other suggestions/thoughts which I may have.
If you want to know what things you are doing right, you'll have to ask that in the request. Also please note that for fandom works, I can only give as good critique as I am familiar with the fandom. While I can guarantee fandoms such as Zelda, Digimon and Harry Potter for example of having an intrinsic knowledge of to give more detailed feedback, if you aren't sure of my familiarity with a fandom, please just ask. I'm also better at certain genres than other with my best area of expertise coming in supernatural, mythological, fantasy and urban fantasy.
So how do you request me to look at a work?
Simple! You fill out this sheet:
Title of Work: (Please also hyperlink to the story itself here.)
Fandom: (If applicable)
Chapters: (Currently written and published)
Review: Private (via PM) or Public (in-thread)
Other: (Anything you might want me to focus on in particular).
So some ground rules.
- Only one piece of work from an author at a time. Please do not submit another piece until I have given your work a review.
- You are allowed to submit any work that is outside of ZU that might be on sites such as Tumblr, Archive of Our Own or fanfiction.net.
- While ZU doesn't allow smut, I'm just going to say don't link me to your smut fics. I'm not interested in reading them.
- I don't know shit about poetry. Sorry. That includes song lyrics.
- I will be doing them in order of people who have asked in this thread. i.e. Don't PM me and expect to be on this list. First come, first serve.
- I will look over roleplay threads in the ZU server only. I will also critique any DnD story posts a person might have. Also, once again, ZU only.
Stories Up For Review
Son of Fire - Sami Nornal