So I'm trying to expand my stories...

United States
June 24, 2007 4:54pm CST
...but I'm finding it difficult to get the right criticism. Anyone I show it to just says "Oh, it's good!" or "I like it" and leaves it at that. I cannot, for the love of almighty God, stand that. I'm looking for some serious criticism, positive or negative. I want to know WHAT IT IS you like and WHY YOU LIKE IT and vice-versa. NOTE: These are rough drafts, so don't say "The story sucks. Quit now." http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&frindID=53054266
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@morgandrake (2136)
• United States
24 Jun 07
For some reason, your link sends me to my own blog. What is your MySpace URL? I am presuming that I can get to your blog from there. For example, you should be able to get to my blog from mine-- http://www.myspace.com/morgandrake
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
24 Jun 07
i dont get anywhere with the link. Maybe if you try putting it in again ill have a look blessed be
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• United States
24 Jun 07
http://www.myspace.com/twilightknowledge Okay, that's my profile page... I ought to clean it up...lol
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@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
24 Jun 07
I suggest joing a writing critique group. You can find many on the internet. I recommend Zoetrope.com, the workshop founded by Francis Ford Coppola. I was a member there for years, and I had an enjoyable experience.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
24 Jun 07
hahaha one of the hardest thing a writer ever has to do is get hold of honest criticism. Like you, i find people dont really want to do it, they will say its ok, or even its good but little else. The danger of course is that someone may well say its no good. Then how do you feel? The secret is of course to treat both positive and negative the same. It isnt important if anyone else likes it, what really matters isd that you have faith in your work. Its all art and is justified by its self, the critic has no role to play, its very existence is justification enough blessed be
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
25 Jun 07
I tried to get on your blog but you have to be a member. I have not joined myspace yet. You could join a critique group where they have professional authors. Not one where most of them are beginners or inexperienced as they might mess you up. That is probably what happened to you. If the story is safe, they wlll say it is nice even though it needs a lot of work and then you take to the editor and he says, well that it is crap. From what I was told, the best way is to find out if there is a critique place in your town, but that is usually expensive and who wants to stand up in a crowd and get put down? So join an online critique group, look through the proflles and see if a good percentage of them are published authors and if not, quit and try another.