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Title: [FEB 2015] - Fanfic - Critique Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2015, 12:42:35 AM
So here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in our Science Fiction writing contest - and to give critique as well.

If everybody wants and gives critique, this thread will be pure chaos soon, while 2-3 critiques for as many stories shouldn't be a problem. We'll see how it goes and adapt if necessary. :)

So what we're doing is this:
1. Everybody who wants critique for his story posts in here.*
2. Everybody who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

IF this thread is overrun fast, I'm splitting it so that every story has it's own one to avoid confusion. :)

* I know that critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via pm. They can post here that they sent a critique via pm so that others know about it.

At the moment I don't think it necessary that we create a system balancing given/received critiques. However, if it turns out to be unfair and some people are giving critiques without receiving some (or the other way round) we have to add one.

Basic rules for critiquing:

This is just a small guideline for those that haven't done critiques before, stolen from this forum's writing section.
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Critiquing Other’s Work
1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”


Don't kill me for stealing your job @xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148)!
Title: Re: [FEB 2015] - Fanfic - Critique Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2015, 12:43:14 AM
As always we'd love some critique for our entry, and would be happy to reciprocate.  :)
Title: [FEB 2015] - Fanfic - Critique Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 02, 2015, 03:56:21 AM
No problem. :) As you may or may not know I have a newborn (well, seven weeks old. Not that newborn anymore... ;)) at home and I had barely time for the new contest yesterday but not for much more.

Voting for rogues will come sometime later today...
Title: Re: [FEB 2015] - Fanfic - Critique Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2015, 09:05:14 AM
No problem. :) As you may or may not know I have a newborn (well, seven weeks old. Not that newborn anymore... ;) ) at home and I had barely time for the new contest yesterday but not for much more.

Voting for rogues will come sometime later today...
Yeah, thought it might be something like that!  :)
Title: Re: [FEB 2015] - Fanfic - Critique Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 02, 2015, 09:07:42 PM
As always we'd love some critique for our entry, and would be happy to reciprocate.  :)
No critique, but a comment:
I really enjoyed your story. Meeting a female feruchemist was definitely something I didn't expect but enjoyed. You maybe went a bit off canon, but that's not a problem with Fanfic, is it? ;)
Title: Re: [FEB 2015] - Fanfic - Critique Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2015, 09:11:01 PM
As always we'd love some critique for our entry, and would be happy to reciprocate.  :)
No critique, but a comment:
I really enjoyed your story. Meeting a female feruchemist was definitely something I didn't expect but enjoyed. You maybe went a bit off canon, but that's not a problem with Fanfic, is it? ;)
Thanks!  :)

Yah usually it seems like anything goes!  :P Which bit did you feel was off canon out of interest?