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Writers' Corner / Writing Software Recommendations
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:39:27 PM »
Hello all,

I’m currently spreading my writing between notepads and an ipad with Microsoft word and finding its slowing my progress, with notes and ideas on different pages/documents and having to jump around back and forth a lot.

I’m trying to bring my writing/organising to a higher level and as such an thinking it’s time I brought my writing tech up to date also.  Can anyone recommend software they have genuine experience with, preferably Apple compatible.

Cheers all

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[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Small magics - Critique Thread
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:22:40 PM »
Here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in our writing contest - and to give critique as well.

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.”


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So i’m Looking to expand my horizons but have only ever fabled in the world of comics/graphic novels (usd to love the Judge Dred books when I was a young teen). 

So i’m Wondering if anyone can recommend something grown up based in GrimDark/fantasy that I could pick up from the local forbidden planet comic shop or even download for my kindle/iPad.

Thanks in advance everyone

Ryan

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Writers' Corner / Can anyone recomend a creative writing course?
« on: October 13, 2016, 03:41:11 AM »
Lately I've been wanting to get back into writing.  Not just 'back into writing' but to actually make moves towards improving as a writer.  I'm based in the UK, but work offshore so can't regularly attend local college courses.  I've been considering Open University's creative writing courses but was wondering if anyone knew of or could recommend any others?

Appreciate any help or guidance.

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Writers' Corner / Punctuation
« on: December 30, 2015, 07:51:20 PM »
I wasn't sure where the best place to post this would be, so I've posted it in writers corner also.

Hello mythical creatures of Fantasy Faction's forum,

I'm trying to get back into writing this year, so have been brushing up on the technical aspects of the craft.
This means starting from pretty much ground zero for me, as I'm dyslexic and didn't get too far with English in school but have been trying to make up for it since.

Can anyone recommend any good on-line resources (Podcasts, websites, etc) for punctuation and the correct uses there off?

I've found the Poynter Institute's podcast "Roy's Writing Tools" particularly helpful for the more technical aspects of writing, but it only briefly touches on punctuation.

Would appreciate any advice anyone would care to offer, Cheers

Ryan

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General Discussion / Punctuation
« on: December 30, 2015, 07:50:54 PM »
I wasn't sure where the best place to post this would be, so I've posted it in writers corner also.

Hello mythical creatures of Fantasy Faction's forum,

I'm trying to get back into writing this year, so have been brushing up on the technical aspects of the craft.
This means starting from pretty much ground zero for me, as I'm dyslexic and didn't get too far with English in school but have been trying to make up for it since.

Can anyone recommend any good on-line resources (Podcasts, websites, etc) for punctuation and the correct uses there off?

I've found the Poynter Institute's podcast "Roy's Writing Tools" particularly helpful for the more technical aspects of writing, but it only briefly touches on punctuation.

Would appreciate any advice anyone would care to offer, Cheers

Ryan

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