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Contests & Activities: November 17, 2021 Issue [#11075]

 This week: Be Kind & Honest!
  Edited by: spidey
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

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Welcome to the Contests & Activities Newsletter. I'm spidey , and I'm your Editor this week!

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Letter from the editor

Be Kind, But Honest

My last newsletter discussed being kind, which I think is a virtue on the internet, and I think it's also found in abundance on Writing.Com.

A second, just as important, aspect of this site is honesty, in my opinion.

I think being kind and being honest are not mutually exclusive things. I see it in public reviews all the time! It's absolutely possible to be kind and honest at the same time, and I think it's a very effective way to offer criticism and feedback!

My personal method for critiquing others' work is what I've seen referred to as the "Feedback Sandwich" method. First, I list strengths or aspects of the piece that I liked or that I felt worked effectively. Then, I provide criticism, things I think could use improvement. Last, I finish with a reiteration of positive or a feeling that I think it's possible to improve the piece to make it stronger.

I've read (and I agree) that person receiving the criticism is more likely to be receptive to it when it's presented in this way. I know for myself that I certainly would be more receptive to this technique, too!

How about you? How do you like your critiques to be written? Do you think it's important to know what's working in your writing in addition to what maybe didn't come across as well?

As always, keep on writing! *Quill* And be kind, but honest! *Heart* *Smile*

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Editor's Picks

Official Writing.Com Contests & Activities:

Good Deeds Get CASH!  [E]
Write reviews to win cash prizes!
by Writing.Com Support

Quotation Inspiration: Official Contest  [ASR]
Use the quote provided to write a story and win big prizes!
by Writing.Com Support


NaNoWriMo Sprint Writers Forum  [13+]
Regular writing sprints during NaNoWriMo designed to boost your word counts.
by Battiwyn🎶

The Prompt Me Contest  [13+]
Weekly winners will have a chance to win the monthly MB give-away!
by Cubby is on the road again!

Test Your Poetry  [E]
A "NO PROMPT" monthly poetry contest allows old poetry as well
by Perry Ride (hiatus)

Keenest Joker  [18+]
Use your sense of humor and win gift points. Try not to laugh.
by Matt 2021 Dean

Fantasy Unraveled  [E]
Folklore and Fairy Tales Reimagined
by Roland King

Reviews with Honesty: Request a Review  [E]
Ask for a review of one of your items from Reviews with Honesty!
by 🦄🏳️‍🌈Sapph

MechGrammical  [13+]
A forum for your questions (and answers) about writing mechanics and grammar.
by Satuawany

The Front Desk  [E]
Stop here first, and grab your complimentary toothbrush and bag o’ jerky!*
by Rhymer Reisen

Space Blog  [ASR]
Cruising WDC cyberspace and raiding ports for blog prompts!
by Chris Breva

Writing 4 Kids Group  [E]
Join us! We'd love it if you would!
by Cubby is on the road again!

Some How/To Items that might help you:

 Step By Step Signature Set Up  [E]
Step by step instructions on how to set up your signature.
by Rhoswen - Relentless Victory

On Giving Reviews  [E]
Are you speechless when you stare at that little reviewing box? Here are some tips.
by Roseille ♥

Helping Links  [ASR]
'Help Links' for Newbies and all other members who are still learning
by Maryann

 Following the Rules for Contests  [ASR]
Originally written for the Contests and Activities Newsletter January 13, 2010
by Crys-not really here

Some contest resources:
How to Create a Contest  [ASR]
Things you need to know before you open a contest. Includes a contest template.
by Angels in my Ear

"Create/Edit a Message Forum
Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format  [E]
Learn the ins and outs of creating a link using the bitem format.
by NickiD89

Know of some gems that deserve exposure? Submit them in the feedback form or submission form at the end of this Newsletter, and I'll put them in my next one!

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Ask & Answer

My last newsletter, ("Contests & Activities Newsletter (October 20, 2021)), discussed hosting being kind. Here is some feedback from last week's Newsletter readers:

Great Newsletter about kindness. I think because we don't see the person on the other end of the Internet, "we" (I'm speaking in general, here) find it easier to be unkind. We should strive to remember the person on the other end has emotions just like us. I suppose kindness is something that is best learned by "show" (acts) and not tell, and best cultivated when our children are young.

~ StephB

I completely agree! *Bigsmile*

Yes, it's important to be kind and in 16 years I've mostly been showered with kindness at WDC.

However... let's be real. A 5 star rating for a 2 star poem isn't being kind. Friends are willing to point out that your zipper is undone or slip is showing while others silently laugh.

How to point out flaws, give it a 2.5 and still be kind is the question. If you can... it would be helpful to provide examples that are both honest and kind.

Being dishonest isn't kind.

~ Kåre Enga — taking a break.

I agree, and thanks for inspiring this week's newsletter! I think being kind and honest at the same time is the best solution! *Smile*

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