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Honesty is the Best Policy: the Constructive Criticism thread v2.0 *ANNOUNCEMENT--merge with Betas*

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by ConCrit_Manager, Feb 25, 2006.

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  1. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    Welcome to the revamped constructive criticism thread. The original thread, hosted by Kettch_the_Jedi, can be found [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Fan_Fiction_Writers_Resource/b10304/15855613/p1]here[/link].


    What is constructive criticism?

    Constructive criticism, or concrit, is when a reader gives the author of a story some helpful feedback, like what the author is doing right, what should be fixed, and some suggestions on how to fix them.



    This thread is to encourage people to give concrit. Below are stories and authors who would like constructive criticism on their stories. The idea is to read a story or part of a story, PM the author with constructive criticism, and therefore help the author to become a better writer.

    When giving concrit, be nice. Say wht you like as well as things that you thinkk should be fixed. If a story or author is listed, that person wants feedback, but in all other situations, if it's not asked for, it might not be taken well. Don't forget to PM the author rather than giving concrit on the story or in this thread.



    If you would like to recieve concrit on your story, PM [link=http://boards.theforce.net/ASP/user.asp?usr=ConCrit_Manager]this sock[/link] and send in a link, without mark-up codes, and it will be added to the list. If you will get touchy when people say that they think you should change something you've written, then this thread isn't for you.


    I'd also like to add a link to [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_resource/b10304/22308091/p1/?3]The Beta Reader Index v4.1[/link]. Having a beta can really improve your writing. Betas can correct grammar and spelling as well as give you some advice on your story. They can answer questions and give suggestions. Visit the Index, you won't regret it.


    Stories with * by them indicate how many people have given concrit on them.

    Before the Saga

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=14605850]Scars and Beginnings[/link] by Indra*


    The Saga

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/14137878/p1]In the Shadow of the Chosen[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/15957310/p1]What if Vader learned about Leia before he knows about Luke[/link] by VadeyFan2002
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23111740/p1/?0]Fangirl's Curse[/link] by MsLanna
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/15355849/?29]The Crimson Republic: Battle for Coronet[/link] by Ewok15
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/21410064/?1] Kayary Short Stories[/link] by Ms Lanna

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23025053/]Silence[/link] by RebelGrrl
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/21000088/p1]Strength of the Chosen One[/link] by Dahlia_Santary
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22588393/p1/?30]Shadows Fall[/link] by unknown_shore
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22860207/p1/?19]Innocence Lost[/link] by jaina_clan_solo
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23160353/p1/?6]Fallen Petals[/link] by Valairy_Scot

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/21689334/?4]No Jump to Far[/link] by Valairy_Scot
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22367258/p1/?5]Stepping Forward, Looking Back[/link] by Valairy_Scot
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23722016/p1/?3]Sleeping And Dreaming[/link] by leiamoody


    Beyond the Saga

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=11168121&replies=44]Landslide[/link] by EmilieDarklighter
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Sag
     
  2. Layren

    Layren Jedi Master star 5

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    Great to see this thread started again! Thanks for taking up the job :)
     
  3. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Jul 20, 2002
    Thanks :) I appreciate the support [:D]
     
  4. skywalkerlover00

    skywalkerlover00 Jedi Master star 4

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    Nat: what's this thread for? I'm not sure I understand this. Care to explain?
     
  5. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    This thread is a fantastic idea! I know there's a demand for it. :D
     
  6. unknown_shore

    unknown_shore Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Jul 26, 2005
    This is a great idea; I've already sent off my PM. :)

    Thanks for taking this on!
     
  7. Dahlia_Santary

    Dahlia_Santary Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Jul 15, 2005
    Fantastic idea! I'll send my PM right away!
     
  8. JadeSolo

    JadeSolo Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Sep 20, 2002
    Awesomeness! Glad to see this up and running. :D
     
  9. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thanks for the support :) I'll update the list :)

    It's a list of stories and authors who want constructive criticism. Someone will read a story, PM their thoughts about what was done right and what could be fixed to the author, and hopefully that author can improve his or her writing. That help?
     
  10. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    There have been a ton of new submissions!! :D


    Stories

    **** Short Stories[/color][/link] by Ms Lanna
    [http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23025053/]Silence[/link] by RebelGrrl
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Saga/b10477/21158399]The Mechanical Dreams of Nick Solo[/link] by Vongchild
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/21000088/p1]Strenght of the Chosen One[/link] by Dahlia_Santary
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=22850315&brd=10477&start=22860961]New Beginnings[/link] by Jaina_Solo_15
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22588393/p1/?30]Shadows Fall[/link] by unknown_shore
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/23091428/p1/?115]Murder & Mayhem on Ossus[/link] by Kidan
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=22996980&brd=10477&start=23108241]The Souls of Demons[/link]


    Authors

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/ASP/user.asp?usr=1234401]RebelGrrl[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/ASP/user.asp?usr=1138327]___Sithspawn___[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/ASP/user.asp?usr=1195290]Pyxelle[/link]


    I'd also like to add a link to [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_resource/b10304/22308091/p1/?3]The Beta Reader Index v4.1[/link]. Having a beta can really improve your writing. Betas can correct grammar and spelling as well as give you some advice on your story. They can answer questions and give suggestions. Visit the Index, you won't regret it.

     
  11. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    There is another new story and a new author to add :) I'll try to fix a couple of the links that haven't worked in the first post tomorrow.

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=22912167&brd=10477&start=22932197]Shadows of the Past: A New War[/link] by Star_Rocker

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/ASP/user.asp?usr=1213679]mavjade[/link]
     
  12. MsLanna

    MsLanna Jedi Master star 6

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    Aw, great to see this going again.
    I arrived on the boards just in time to see it go down the drain...
    Now All I have to do is glean some time to do some real concrit. Bugger, I'm horrible at it.[face_blush]


    [face_laugh] The Kayary link still refuses to work. You might as well just drop it.
     
  13. EmilieDarklighter

    EmilieDarklighter Jedi Master star 4

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    I remember when this went down the first time. Let's hope we can keep it around longer this time!

    Any of my stories are up for grabs, but the only thing that is a recent sample of my work (everything else is at least six months to a year old) is the story Thy Mother's Glass. If you like the X-Files, please, please, please read that story and tell me what you think. Since it's a crossover, it requires a little bit of expertise from both sides.
     
  14. lazykbys_left

    lazykbys_left Jedi Padawan star 4

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    MsLanna: The Kayary link still refuses to work. You might as well just drop it.

    The link seems to work when you put a space between the [color] tag and "Kayary". Don't ask me why, though.

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/21410064/] Kayary Short Stories[/link] by Ms Lanna

    - lazy
     
  15. dianethx

    dianethx Jedi Master star 6

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    Lazy, the coding reader thinks that a link with a color [link=endoflink] is a swear word and **** it out. If you put spaces between the end of the link [link=endoflink] , then it breaks it up and reads it correctly. That also goes for bold and italics. Believe me... I found that out quickly enough coding for excerpts.
     
  16. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    Thank you so much!! I'll fix that, then . . .

    Today's new story is [http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Saga/b10477/22074237/?7]Shattered Mirror[/link] by Draconarius
     
  17. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    We have three new aditions to the index :)

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22860207/p1/?19]Innocence Lost[/link] by jaina_clan_solo
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/22291324/p1/?0]Thy Mother's Glass[/link] by EmilieDarklighter
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/22105482/p1][clor=darkred]Anakin's Escape[/color][/link] by brodiew


    Don't forget, we still need people to review these stories and provide the authors with constructive criticism!!
     
  18. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I think it might be helpful if the requested concrit stories were organized by era. I certainly am in no position to provide any input to somebody in the ByTS era, for example and probably not a whole lot in Before the saga either.

    I might request some concrit in the future, though I get plenty of that from my beta! :p
     
  19. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    Thank you so much for your suggestion!!! If you have any others, keep them coming :) That's a great idea :D

    Yeah, that's why I provided a link to the Beta Index.
     
  20. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Glad you liked the suggestion! Umm...since you asked! :p

    I thought it might be cool if you polled for people willing to give concrit. Open invitations are nice, but I'm not likely to PM somebody and say something like "Well...you asked for it!" and lay into their work, you know? Maybe having a list of Authors willing to give concrit might encourage people to PM them and ask for concrit. Plus, that allows people who have specific concerns with their writing (grammar, characterization, etc) to ask the person in question to look for those particular problems...

    Ok...that's my last suggestion. Hey! *shrugs* This is the concrit thread, right? :p

    I'll volunteer to give concrit, if you need a guniea pig--erm...I mean...volunteer.

     
  21. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thank you so much!! You're very helpful :) I'll create a list of people who are willing to do it and add you to the top :)
     
  22. ConCrit_Manager

    ConCrit_Manager Jedi Youngling

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    Don't forget that we also need people who are willing to give concrit on the stories listed. Help out an author and PM them some constructive criticism!!
     
  23. Draconarius

    Draconarius Jedi Master star 4

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    Yeah, I'll sign up as a concrit giver. Beyond would be my specialty, but I suppose I could do Saga and KOTOR stuff as well.
     
  24. Valairy Scot

    Valairy Scot Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'd be willing to do some concrit - Before & Saga. I'll also submit some of my own for concrit. Gotta get what you give.
     
  25. Zonoma

    Zonoma Jedi Master star 5

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    I love this thread, it is a wonderful tool.

    I also would love to volunteer to give con-crit in the future, however my life is too busy right now.

    In the meantime, I would like to place my story on the list to receive concrit:

    {link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=21530527&replies=6]Worth Saving[/link]

    Complete with broken link to help in editing it in!

    Zonoma
     
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