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Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

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I have always maintained that you get out of this forum what you put into it--the more reads you give, the more likely you will get reviews. Not everyone is going to give you a return, but a lot will. And sometimes it takes time. Someone who has 4 pages of feedback already is probably doing return reviews in the order of who reviewed them. So if you are at the bottom of that list it could take days or more for them to get to you.

A few tips - people with higher points next to their names are more active in the forums (or have been around a while.) There is a higher possibility that more active users will give you a return review. Of course, not reading stories posted by newbies means you may miss out on some awesome work.

Some people, won't return review if you do not have your forum post hyperlinked in your signature. Everyone's time is limited, and some folks just don't have the energy to have to do the hokey-pokey to get to your post. Head over to this post to get a tutorial on how to get your signature fixed up. 

Really, bottom line though is, read more stories, and you'll eventually hit on folks who will get back to you. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lord Xoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 4:21pm
Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

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I find there's about a 5 to 1 ratio of reviews you give to return reviews.

Make sure to review your group - higher chance of return.

And then every so often, maybe a strategic bump. "Thanks for the reviews" or whatever and maybe address individual questions previous reviewers may have had.


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Very helpful.. Greatly appreciated!

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Hi,

I'm relatively happy with my story. It's my first time submitting to this competition, and I've gotten some constructive feedback. I've fallen victim to the comma splices (I could kick myself), so a mild edit is definitely on the cards when the competition is over. The length of my paragraphs is problematic. I'm so used to writing 20,000-word chapters that I never even thought about having much shorter ones in my story. Thankfully, this has been pointed out to me by other writers/readers, which I appreciate. 

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I was feeling okay, but then my first few peer reviews came in. Now, I'm just resigned to fate.
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Originally posted by Domongo Domongo wrote:

Weirdly (or not; feel free to correct me!) when people are commenting they’re pointing out things I didn’t realise were there, or themes and feelings I didn’t consciously include. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so to hear people comment on my writing is something I’ve not experienced since high school, and it’s surprisingly empowering. So to all those who’ve taken the time to read and comment, thank you so much. 

The most interesting thing about finally having other people read what your write is seeing what THEY see rather than what was in your head! I'm always surprised by what characters people like and what they hope will happen.
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Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by dutchsimmons dutchsimmons wrote:

I really like mine, but cant seem to get anybody to read it!

have a few folks who have provided positive feedback, but this was my first foray into this arena and I'd love to get more responses
Especially since Im giving feedback to others!

Dutch

I have always maintained that you get out of this forum what you put into it--the more reads you give, the more likely you will get reviews. Not everyone is going to give you a return, but a lot will. And sometimes it takes time. Someone who has 4 pages of feedback already is probably doing return reviews in the order of who reviewed them. So if you are at the bottom of that list it could take days or more for them to get to you.

A few tips - people with higher points next to their names are more active in the forums (or have been around a while.) There is a higher possibility that more active users will give you a return review. Of course, not reading stories posted by newbies means you may miss out on some awesome work.

Some people, won't return review if you do not have your forum post hyperlinked in your signature. Everyone's time is limited, and some folks just don't have the energy to have to do the hokey-pokey to get to your post. Head over to this post to get a tutorial on how to get your signature fixed up. 

Really, bottom line though is, read more stories, and you'll eventually hit on folks who will get back to you. 

What nod1v1ing says. But also last weekend was Screenwriting final round, and Micro100 is coming up this weekend, so people who do various competitions may be busy at the moment. If you kind of do a scatterbomb of reading and reviewing, and, as nod says, ensure you have a link to your forum (not to your story in a googledoc) in your signature, sooner or later people will get back with return reads. Personally, for example, I've been catching up with Micro, but will be turning to Flash later this week. 

And btw, if you don't have a link in your signature, in the Creative Writing Corner, there's a thread called this is for all you newbies, and it has instructions.
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Originally posted by Fawsley Fawsley wrote:

I’ve realised that how I write is intensely English. And I don’t mean British, I mean English, so I’m rather concerned as a new by as to how North American-centric this whole thing is and whether I’m too obscure for it all... Time will tell! Good luck everyone! 

Nah, don't worry. Unless you write REALLY obscure stuff. It's not NorthAm-centric, but you do need to think 'global'. I got puzzled comments on the forums about conkers, but not from the judges. By Brighton Beach, about a B&B with a bit of Windrush thrown in didn't go through, but a story about a small hotel in Devon/Cornwall did. There are quite a few Brits in here, and I tend to write about England, Scotland or places in Europe. Never been to the States or Canada, so... The only way being British has given me any problems in these competitions is that I often need to google the prompts 😂 eg supercenter, transient person, or toaster oven. 
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I feel generally pretty good about the way mine turned out! My flash fiction story is set in one of my favorite cities (Quebec City) so writing it was a nice little nostalgia trip. One of the reasons I like these contests is because very often, I get assigned genres I wouldn't usually do if I was just writing on my own. 

It's also been really cool reading other stories and interacting with people on the forum! It's definitely helped alleviate the quarantine boredom lol 
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Originally posted by fioOxf fioOxf wrote:

Originally posted by Fawsley Fawsley wrote:

I’ve realised that how I write is intensely English. And I don’t mean British, I mean English, so I’m rather concerned as a new by as to how North American-centric this whole thing is and whether I’m too obscure for it all... Time will tell! Good luck everyone! 

Nah, don't worry. Unless you write REALLY obscure stuff. It's not NorthAm-centric, but you do need to think 'global'. I got puzzled comments on the forums about conkers, but not from the judges. By Brighton Beach, about a B&B with a bit of Windrush thrown in didn't go through, but a story about a small hotel in Devon/Cornwall did. There are quite a few Brits in here, and I tend to write about England, Scotland or places in Europe. Never been to the States or Canada, so... The only way being British has given me any problems in these competitions is that I often need to google the prompts 😂 eg supercenter, transient person, or toaster oven. 

Hi,
I got a puzzling comment on the forum about 'slug.' It'a word that's commonplace here so for a second it threw me for a loop. Then I realised that unless you're aware of its etymology from the Irish 'slog ' that you wouldn't have a clue that it meant to swallow by drinking and that it was perfectly acceptable for a child to say it. I find myself looking up words sometimes too. That said, anything that makes you google words/slang is okay in my book. Smile Best of luck to everyone!
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