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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

[JAN 2019] Air / Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Discussion Thread
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:42:41 PM »
I’m finally back home where I belong.

This week I’ll be locking myself in a little wooden cabin sandwiched between mountains the banks of Loch Tay with nothing but a fine whiskey and writing time on my hands, bring on this weeks submission  :)

[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: Small magics - Critique Thread
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:34:02 PM »
Hey everyone,

I’ve been off the map (Or rather, on a part of the map which does not have internet readily accessible) for quite a few weeks now and have only just had a chance to catch up on here.

I just wanted to take the time, late as it is, to say thank you to @JMack @Jake Baelish @Jenny HJ and @Nora for taking the time to give critique and feedback on my writing, It is really appreaciated.



[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: Small magics - Critique Thread
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:04:37 PM »
@Slaykomimi i’m Really just beginning writing myself, so please don’t take anything to heart as it’s only my opinion.

I liked your stories strong imagery, but it seemed that you had no defined POV.  Clearly Mui is your main character but the story jumps from head to head and then to the narrator, and as a reader I found it difficult to bond with her character.

Your story also has a lot of information dumping, i’m often guilty of this myself.  I try to remember the advice of ‘Show don’t tell’ maybe this could help you too.

Look forward to reading your next entry!

[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: Small magics - Critique Thread
« on: December 05, 2018, 08:12:04 PM »
@JMack Wow thank you so much for taking the time, don’t think i’ve Felt so positive after My writings been torn to shreds hahaha.

But seriously this is some very helpful points which I will be actively trying to work on for this months entry.

I’ve some serious research to do on sentence fragments and run-on’s this week!

I’ll drop you a pm regards autocrit.

Again thank you.

[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: Small magics - Critique Thread
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:25:08 PM »
Obviously i’m fishing for critique on my story this month, all opinions and feedback welcome

[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.
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.”

[OCT 2018] Small Magics / Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Voting Thread
« on: December 03, 2018, 08:04:14 PM »
Well done @Jake Baelish! Am proud to say you were one of my votes this month, and @Carter  was my other.

Thank you @JMack for the kind words and the vote  :)

I’d like to open a critique sub for this month if anyone else would be interested?

[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / Re: [Nov 2018] - Ships - Discussion Thread
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:14:58 PM »
I’ve failed to put enough words down in clever enough order to constitute a story this month, i’m Bowing out i’m afraid.  Looking forward to reading everyone else’s submissions tho!

I could totally see Jason Isaacs doing a good turn as Vimes actually!

For me though it’s all gonna be made or lost on which ‘recently disqualified from the human race’ person plays corporal Nobby Nobbs

No one holds a candle to Sir Terry!

Oh dear, i’m the only Rothfuss proponent

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


For me ‘the watch’ was always synonymous with the old London style of policing, I do fancy a gritty British Vimes.  Stephen Dillane (Played Stannis Beratheon - Game of thrones) is too perfect for this role!

[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / Re: [Nov 2018] - Ships - Discussion Thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:45:24 AM »
Put me down for number six, just need swashbuckling and wizardry to be congruous elements in my head now

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