|Every word we put to paper comes from someone else. We learn from parents, teachers, books, movies, idle conversations - our entire life becomes our source material. The only thing that's original and unique is our choice of how we put the words together. To be 100% honest, we'd have to credit the Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Google for every poem and story. I may suggest changes in my review. This is not meant as 'serious' literary criticism (I’m no expert). It's merely my record of the ‘bumps’ I encounter as I travel through your words. If I'm thrown by a typo, an awkward word, or a line that doesn't scan, then it's likely that others will be as well. My intent in giving a review is to applaud your work and maybe help you to improve it. A review is merely another reference to consider. If the suggestions prove useful, then use them. If I ‘just don’t get it’, then by all means ignore me! Only the author can take credit for the final words, no matter what the source.|
|I tend to be constructive, though I've been known to be a bit too nice...at least, in my opinion. note that while I'll review anything requested, they can be a bit sloppy if I don't take interest.|
|I mainly look for the 'flow' of the story. If I'm reading along, & it's 'flowing' just fine...I'm talking no 'bumps in the road', or something that's going to make me pause...then it is a very well written story. But if I hit a 'bump', trust me, you gonna know! I also hate 'mus' punctuation...no commas or periods...it misplaced commas & periods.|
|I like to say how I relate to an item. Spelling and grammar are less important.|
|Depends. Sometimes, in depth, and sometimes, "just the feel of the item."|
|Honest, for the most part. Not hurtful, for the most part. In other words I'll try to be straight up but not step on you face while I'm about it. Oh, by the way, this points business confuses me. I don't want to charge for a review. If I have the points in the bank I'll refund you 900. Why I'm required to ask 1000 is past my understanding.|
|I point out what I see or what I don't. I like to give advice using examples in your writing. I like to talk about the writing, I will address something if I like it. If you send a request, let me know what aspect you want looked at, and I'll pay more attention to it.|
|Open, honest, kind. I'm a professionally published author so my feedback tends to be straightforward. I'm not good at making my writing fluffy but if I give praise, I truly mean it (and it's not easily given). I tend to avoid pieces that are too overly full of mistakes and issues as that is more time consuming than I have time for so please be sure to submit a full edited work, rather than a rough first draft. Proud member of |
|If I am reviewing a story, I am looking for consistency and logic in the story line. Even if it is fantasy or sci-fi, I expect that there are rules to your alternate universe. I look for dimension to your characters. What is their backstory? You don't have to tell it all to me, but make them more than a stereotype. In poetry, I look for the image or emotion that you are trying to create and will suggest word changes. While I prefer not to review non-fiction, I will if it is not politics (my job). In this case, you can expect the same examination of your argument and supporting evidence as I would give one of my students.|
|Hi, I'm pretty harsh. Sometimes I say things that are preferential to my own writing style and may not be applicable to you|
|I'm not sure what this means. I am honest in my review(s) and try to offer constructive advice when I find something amiss. I also enjoy pointing out what works for me in your story so you get equal positive. I want to help you get better. That's why we are here.|
|I try to find the WOW factor in the writings of my choice. #19 on the Public Reviewers list June 2016. #29 Public Reviewer July 2016. #10 Public Reviewer August 2016. Newbies Academy Reviewing Classroom, Winner in June 2016. First Place The Newbie Academy Review Contest June 2016. Second Place in "The Newbie Academy Review Contest " July and Aug 2016. #9 Public Reviewer Sept 2016.#20 Public Reviewer Oct 2016. First place in "The Newbie Academy Review Contest" November 2016.#22 Public Reviewer Nov 2016.#36 Public Reviewer Feb 2017.#67 Public Reviewer March 2017.#56 Public Reviewer July 2017.#41 Public Reviewer Aug 2017. #77 Public Reviewer Oct 2017. #53 Public Reviewer Nov 2017. #53 Public Reviewer Dec 2017.#96 Public Reviewer Sept 2018|
|I'll give a quick summary of your item. Afterwards, I'll talk about your characters, any Spelling or Grammar issues, and perhaps suggest some things, like adding the item to a Genre that it would fit into.|
|I like to emphasize the positive attributes of your work, but I will offer suggestions for improvement if I'm able.|
|My review style will change to conform to the needs of the work. If I find no grammatical issues, I move onto something else, and I will always key on requested aspects of the piece per the author's instructions.|
|I try to imagine I've just taken a seat in the waiting room at a doctor's office and picked up a magazine to pass the time. Suddenly - what's this? - I stumble upon your little work of art. As a result of reading your story, either I will 1) I like it so much I MUST have it, so I stuff the magazine down the front of my shirt and hope the doctor isn't checking my heartbeat today, or 2) Become so nauseated at the ineptitude displayed by your chicken scratches that I will beg the doctor to consider me for an emergency euthanasia. Chances are it will be somewhere in the middle.|
|I look for how well the story or poem flows and if there are things out of place. I also check for grammar and spelling errors.|
|I like a review that makes me edit, even if it bothers me or offends me. So I look at your piece with, "What would I change to make this better and why?" And I write down most of what I think... the limit being how much you paid, more than how much you can handle! And of course there's no guarantee that my advice won't make it worse. Well, except the long list of bestseller credits-- oh, I haven't published them yet. But feel free to request a refund if I really like your piece. It's happened, sometimes I'm in too good of a mood and I think your work is perfect. If it was, you'd be submitting it for a royalty advance... praise is nice but it's like Chinese food, you need more in an hour. Whereas critique sticks to your ribs...|
|I aim to give a bizarre little meld of creative and technical pointers. My behavior always goes for being thoughtful and polite. If someone says: "I'm brutally honest/I say it like I see it," I think they're misinterpreting what it means to critique something. At the same time, I want to try and see if I might give advice that can make a writer stronger and not just sugarcoat things. We're writers, we make mistakes! But there's just a teenie weenie bit of difference between constructive criticism and having an inferiority complex! Bare in mind also that I am learning and if you think something I address is incorrect, by all means, please bring it up! We're here to learn from each other!|
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