1. tmrose

    tmrose New Member

    Dec 17, 2012
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tmrose, Dec 18, 2012.

    Hello everyone,

    I've read through the rules and am now muddling through the mechanics (I've already posted a dud to figure out *how* to post - the little button at the very bottom evaded me initially. I do have a question about critiquing. Within the stories I've looked at so far, many of the critiques seem to focus on clarity and the mechanics of sentence structure. I generally have an interest in character development, and in historically focussed my comments on that in critiques I've done for others - is this frowned upon? I'm guessing no, but I don't want to make too many missteps too early on if they can be avoided.
  2. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, tmrose!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.

  3. BritInFrance

    BritInFrance Active Member

    Nov 7, 2012
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    HI Tmrose, welcome to the forum.

    Everyone will focus on different things when they review someone else’s work - and that is good. Sometimes, I will only review a short section if the story doesn't engage me, and then it will only be on mechanics/grammar, etc. If the story hooks me in then I may make comments about characters, etc. Review in your own way. Just be honest.

    See you around.
  4. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi and welcome.

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