Post by ScintillaMyntan on Jan 14, 2023 12:08:01 GMT -6
I took a video to explain where part of my story idea came from, heh. I'll post it after voting ends.
Is comparing entries to each other even more difficult than putting numerical scores on each one? It seems hard to say what piece is downright 'better' than another. But I guess there were times in other contests that I thought one piece was fairly deserving yet I had to rate it low for something or another.
I decided that I would base my comments as if I was doing a book review of the story for Amazon/GoodReads, but with a slightly more critical eye. I’ve always been a reader and though I respect the heck out of all editors, I doubt I would be a good one, hence mine are from a readers POV.
I mean, that's what a critique is! In our "How to Critique" sticky it encourages giving your reactions to things as a reader. When I did writing workshops in university, that kind of thing was the large majority of the critiquing: "I found this part hard to believe," "I really liked this character." It's not all grammar and word choice stuff. And reactions are very helpful. It's good to know whether we're producing the effect we want.
Scintilla, you’re correct, but when I(we?) place a score on the separate elements of the story, that changes my reading from a reader to an editor, the emphasis becomes what’s wrong? Like when a company had it’s ISO audit. They auditors are trained to find things wrong over finding what’s right. That’s why I’m enjoying reading these entries so much. I can look for why I like an entry than why I don’t. To me the average reader doesn’t care about a few technical mistakes, they want a story to enjoy, take them away for a while. Yes, excessive errors will be noticed and affect their enjoyment. A reader to me is a story first, other things last kind of person.
Many here are editors and I get that. The “You never know who’s reading your story, so make it perfect.” Even writing a story for any contest gets my stomach churning. Why? I know my lack of the proper rules of writing and SPG, will clobber any score I’d receive. That’s why I love this contest, a chance to be a reader first and critic second. Doing it the other way isn’t wrong.
Post by ScintillaMyntan on Jan 28, 2023 16:33:20 GMT -6
I still have a couple more to read. I already don't know how I'm going to rank the ones that I have read. It's so hard to decide which piece is better than another; they are good and bad in different ways.
pelwrath: My break and dinner at work will be busy with first read throughs.
Aug 21, 2023 11:27:43 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: I'm so bummed! I was trying to get an entry in, but inspiration didn't hit until the last minute, and I just wasn't satisfied
Aug 21, 2023 14:17:28 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: So instead I will read all the amazing entries and wish y'all luck
Aug 21, 2023 14:17:40 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: First look at all the Photograph entries makes for an amazing read. Gonna have a tough time voting, that's for sure.
Aug 22, 2023 11:03:09 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: New Rolling Weekly just dropped! Check it out and enter HERE
Aug 27, 2023 10:55:35 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Whew, back from vacay, and I'm exhausted. No rest for the weary, though. I've got a lot of critting to catch up on.
Aug 29, 2023 11:51:39 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: And a new Weekly! Yay!
Aug 29, 2023 11:51:49 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Ooo! A great prompt word too! aaaaaOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Aug 29, 2023 11:52:46 GMT -6
pelwrath: Don’t know if there are any members from Florida but please be safe as that hurricane bears down on you.
Aug 29, 2023 19:07:14 GMT -6
pelwrath: I like that prompt as well.
Aug 29, 2023 19:07:35 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: ONE MORE DAY TO ENTER THIS WEEK'S ROLLING WEEKLY.
Sept 1, 2023 11:45:54 GMT -6
Mazulla: I am too excited, just got a copy of Fairy & Folk Tales of Ireland by W. B. Yeats!
Sept 1, 2023 17:09:08 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: New 100 Weekly just dropped! Come submit your entry HERE
Sept 3, 2023 21:04:17 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Apologies for the delay. Holiday weekend has my head on upside down
Sept 3, 2023 21:04:40 GMT -6
pelwrath: My mind has finally settled on what stories/books I want to start writing. A werewolf story with witches, warlocks, and other along with Sundowners 3.
Sept 4, 2023 9:56:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: I’ll pat myself on the back. I posted a link to a recent review of my first book in the boasting thread in the Accepted thread.
Sept 6, 2023 7:28:20 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: 6 HOURS LEFT TO VOTE
Sept 9, 2023 14:59:10 GMT -6
pelwrath: An FYI but ball parking my score, looks like 4th place for me. No surprise there and I do hope Raveneye does consider her entry in the W,P, and S even if she was the host.
Sept 10, 2023 1:18:59 GMT -6