Yes, I’m resorting to being underhand in my journal titles in order to get you reading them, but there is going to awesome stuff included a little later on so hang in there.
Firstly! I have set up a new critique folder for those of you who said they wanted one. I must say, I nearly fell off my chair when I checked the group notifications today, where did you lot all come from? One moment I feel like this group in a ghost town, the next I’m looking at all you wonderfully writers scrambling words across my laptop screen.
There are a few guidelines for the critique folder.
- No more than one submission a week. This is important since the folder needs to accumulate a group of critics in order to work and I want these critics to be able to give in depth and helpful comments.
- This means auditions are open. Send me a note if you would like to critique the work submitted. Remember the golden rule, comment sandwich! Pick out a good point, then advice on possible improvement, and throw in another highlight at the end so that you’re ending on a happy note. I do not want critics who will pick apart work completely, disregarding the need for positive commenting, if I find anyone doing this then they will be removed from the group without hesitation.
- Members should only submit work that they really want critiqued. Remember that you may not like what you hear back, so be willing to listen to your comments and take on board what they say.
- Lastly, not everything that you are told in a critique will be right. Art is subjective, and if you really believe that your piece is fine the way it is, or that the advice you are given is wrong, then ignore us and go with your gut. I’ve met writers who are published and well acclaimed, not everyone liked their work, but it was their determination that got them to where they are.
Secondly, this is warning about the next competition that will be coming up for
This time we are hosting a cliché competition. The winner will receive a copy of ‘Can I Change Your Mind?: The Craft and Art of Persuasive Writing’ by Lindsay Camp.
Clichés are split into three main groups. You have:
- Situational clichés
o Beneath the moonlight
o It was a dark and stormy night
- Character clichés
o A Scotsman with bright orange hair and a kilt
o Overprotective father
- Linguistic clichés
o “Dull as ditchwater”
o “I nearly had a heart attack!”
The contest rules run as follows.
- Dig down into the random recesses of literature and pull out some of the most annoying clichés that you can find.
- You need a minimum of ten clichés to enter this competition, include a list of the clichés in their original forms in the Artist’s description box.
- Nearly any form of literature will be accepted, everything but fan-fiction. I want to see original works for this competition.
- Show a clear narrative. Throwing a list of ten clichés together will not get you anywhere, since the reason the clichés need to be listed in original form afterwards, will be so that I can see what you have used. Twist them out of proportion; show me clichés in a way that is completely unique.
- “As thick as a plank of wood!” – “With the mental capacity of a great oak!”
- This is a competition designed to show me your skills as story-tellers. Really throw yourselves into the piece and show me what you have got.
- A maximum of 3,000 words and only one entry per member.
- DEADLINE: 30th November 2012
- That’s one whole month!
I think that should about cover the rules. Are there any questions? If so leave a comment and I’ll get back to you and hopefully clear it up. Don’t be afraid to ask, it’s likely someone else is thinking the exact same thing.
Today is also the last day to enter the ‘Terrible Opening Sentence’ prompt hosted at www.caroljforrester.wordpress.com
The worse the sentence the better.
Yours a little more optimistically
Miss Carol J Forrester