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Can I make better reviews?
A forum for WDC members to discuss ideas about reviewing.
This is a "Let's help each other grow- Newbie Group" initiative!
Welcome to our reviewing forum "Can I make better reviews?"
We all know that a major part of our writing process constitutes of reviewing and re-reviewing the items that we create. In the first write-up you might have little pesky typos. In the second, you might want to better your grammar or punctuation. In the third read, the characters in your story and even more...
So, the most important part of growing as a writer is to be a better editor. And at the back of our minds, I believe we all are editors. For we all read our writings once or twice (as time and situation permits) to make sure we did not go wrong anywhere.
Now, often it happens that we become too attached to our own writings. We can understand that something is wrong and isn't sounding right, but can't exactly pin-point what. That is when we need a second person's opinion and views. Often it might be, the other person can judge our writings properly and give us a clearer view of how our writing is progressing. And when you ask that other person to help, you are asking him to review your writing.
So, that is all there is to reviewing. To read someone's writing and then find out how that writing struck out. Did it strike an emotional chord? Did the wrong punctuation and grammar made you pause in your read and break the smooth flow?
We, at "Let's help each other grow- Newbie Group" , believe in helping each other grow. And an important part of that will be to read our fellow member's writings once in a while and let them know how they are progressing. And trust me, the better you review another person's writings, the better a writer you will be, because in your own writings you'll definitely avoid the pitfalls that you noticed in other person's writings.
With that aim in mind, we have introduced "Can I make better reviews?" . So what can we look forward to from this forum?
Not all of us are professional writers/ English language teachers, and not everyone a professional editor. Many of us have learnt to review properly after joining this community. So, yes, for all of you out there who are wondering if at all I can give out helpful reviews, yes you can. Reviewing is an acquired skill and by a little hard work and patience we can definitely improve our reviewing skills.
So, in this forum, we will discuss whatever little things we know about reviewing. Some of us might be good with grammar, some with punctuation, some with plot and characters. What we intend is to bring expertise of all of us to the forefront, and use it for the benefit of all.
Most importantly, this forum will help our newest members in this group as well as WDC, what reviewing is all about. I remember when I was new, I was scared of reviewing. I thought, am I even qualified to write a review? That, too, is also a big thing: to make our newest friends believe that yes, they too can do it. And do it really well.
So, all you newbies out here, please come forward. If you have a question, don't be shy to ask. If you need a little help, please feel free to ask senior members and they would surely help you with that.
So, this forum will be an encouraging group-work. So members who are better reviewers would be requested to impart their knowledge to our members who are new to this.
But all this is just an abstract concept. Let us give it some structure and form and decide precisely what we can do here:
Every month, we will put up three to five writings (starting with writings that could really use a review to ones that have only little subtle mistakes).
During the first fifteen days members will review the writings put up the reviews to be credited and put up a link of those reviews here in the forum.
The next fifteen days we will spend in reading and discussing others' reviews, and see how the others have reviewed the same item differently than we have. And from there, we learn the tricks.
This will continue in a cycle. And the writings put up would be from easier to hard so that if newer members keep getting added, they too can find a place and review here. After fifteen days, the old items would be replaced by newer ones.
Please note: It is not required for you to be a member of "Let's help each other grow- Newbie Group" to put up your items or questions and share you thoughts here. We welcome anyone and everyone to share their thoughts on reviewing.
As for the writings:
You can put up your own writings here. Please write a forum post for that.
Or if you find a piece of writing that you think we could use in the forum, you can request that item to be put up.
BUT, SINCE WE ARE JUST STARTING OFF...
Since we are just starting off right now, let us first come forward and introduce ourselves and share little problems first. And when things are running smoothly, we will start putting up items and go on with our regular cycle.
Please remember, this is not an mandatory workshop and will not train you to become a professional editor. This is just an informal chat-room where we learn from our peers. You are free to participate or sit back. Also, it is not needed you take part every fifteen days. But we appreciate if you do, and use the knowledge you acquired through your experience with our newest members who are being added.
So, here's is the brief layout of what we can do to better in this forum. But all this will only work when we have started and are at it. So, without further ado, let's jump and share our views and not be share. And have faith in us that, "Yes, I too can review!"