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Fictionpress is a popular website that allows anyone to upload stories, read those stories, and comment. As the site is wide open, the quality of comments varies wildly, along with the quality of stories. Earlier in my life, I frequented the site, but I eventually left, as I wanted more constructive feedback than I tended to get there. It does have the ...


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We now offically allow writing critique questions here: Policy change: Writing critique questions now welcome Provided: It is your actual real world writing You provide context for the writing critique. That is, you must tell us: what you were shooting for when you wrote that piece specifically what kind of critique feedback you are looking for ...


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There is indeed such a term. Phil Farrand of The Nitpicker's Guide to Star Trek called this "being the cabbagehead." Certain information had to be revealed to the audience, but it was information which the characters would reasonably already know. So the writers picked someone in the room to be the "cabbagehead," meaning someone developed the I.Q. of a ...


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One of the more popular sites is Critters Writers Workshop. I participated for a year before finding a local workshop, and I found it very helpful. It used to be SF/F/H only, but it looks like it has expanded to include all genres.


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In psychology, "young adult" means people between around 18 to around 25. Adolescence, which is the time from the onset of sexual maturation until full adulthood, is subdivided into two parts. The first half of adolescence is called puberty and is defined by the development of the capability for sexual reproduction. Puberty today typically begins around ...


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According to the tvtropes entry for The Watson, The Watson is the character whose job it is to ask the same questions the audience must be asking and let other characters explain what's going on. A sidekick sometimes acts in this role. According to wikipedia, Sidekicks can provide one or multiple functions, such as a counterpoint to the hero, an ...


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If you are writing science fiction, fantasy or horror, then you should check out the Online Writers Workshop specifically for those genres -- Ethan posted the link above. Elizabeth Bear, Josh Palmitier and CC Finley all came out of OWW. If you write erotica, then you'll want to check out the Erotica Readers and Writers Association. They host a Storytime ...


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Here are a few from my bookmark collection. I don't have deep knowledge of any of them, though I have posted a story on the first one. Online Writing Workshops Authonomy -- Careful with this one. Google it first. It's a bit spammy. Critique Circle


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Unexpected twists can work in plot driven novels where the readers are expecting to move quickly - but without a lot of mental effort or interest in the characters - through a story. Your example author Dan Brown writes pretty much the same characters in every novel. He also spins absolutely fascinating mysteries that people must know the end of. Plot ...


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If money and time is not a problem, then why shouldn't you? It can't hurt. The big benefit of a personal website is that you can list all your stories there (what answers the question what you should put there ;)). So you have one page where you can link to in your e-books or mention the URL in your paper books. If the reader liked your story he can go to ...


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The question that will answer your question is: What do you expect people to comment about? I mean, what is there to say to a movie review? That you write well? That you accurately summed up the plot? That you missed the beaver shot at 0:34? Most people read movie reviews to decide if they want to see a movie. They read the review, then they see the ...


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Scribophile is a nicely organised site with an active community of writers. Its tools for helping with structuring critiques are quite helpful. You earn points to make submissions depending on the length of critiques and whether they are appreciated by other site members.


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Locus Magazine has an annual poll, dating back into the 1970s. You can search Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database (http://sffrd.library.tamu.edu) using the subject term "Polls and Surveys" for other sources. The database is not full-text, so you will have to obtain the material from libraries.


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Title It starts with the title. Let's compare. Bolt Thrower: XCOM Board Game, Dark Souls, Starship Troopers, Johnny Flynn Someone talking about their random musings about four seemingly unrelated topics. I doubt that the article will be in any way more coherent that the title. Opinion: It's time to give up on first and third person shooters for ...


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I'm not well versed in romance novels, but I did run across this stuff while I was researching for a game I was writing. So while I can't tell you anything about origins, I can tell you some pretty basic stuff about the heat/sensuality system. That's what this is called, in case you want to look it up. First and foremost, this system is not standardized... ...


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I'm a computer technitian. Every week, here at the office, we joke about a NCIS episode where the hacker and another guy fight against another hacker by using the keyboard at amazing speed and writing random commands. Evertybody from IT knows that is ridiculous. Hacking does not work in that way, neither it's possible to stop an invader just by starting a ...


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Online forums are a great way to get reviews and writing advice. All forums are different, so poke around before joining and read their submission guidelines. Do a Google search for "writing forums" to find some. Places I've been: Writing Forums The Writer's Beat The Poet Sanctuary Although a blog does seem like it wouldn't attract a lot of ...


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I have always found Zoetrope to be a useful resource for critique. They do Short Stories, Screenplays, Flash Fiction (uber short stories) and Novellas. Novellas tend to have fewer critics hanging around. It's a well known website though so there's always plenty to get involved with. You have to criticise to be able to post and that ensures at least one ...


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In german language kurzgeschichten.de worked well for me.


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Protagonize Protagonize is a community of nearly 21,000 writers and has been around since 2008. We recently launched an entirely new version of the site, to excellent feedback from our members. The site is free to join, has won a number of awards, and has been reviewed favourably in a multitude of publications. The site encourages interaction between ...


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It sounds like you are looking more for critiques than reviews. If that is the case, then I would recommend Critique Circle. You can find people there who will volunteer to read your work and give you feedback on what they have read. It is a good source for finding people who will give you pretty honest evaluations of your work as well as recommendations on ...


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I've never heard an actual term for a character created only for the purpose of educating the reader, so I'll focus on #2. It seems like it could turn into lazy way to introduce a large amount of exposition or backstory very quickly. This kind of touches that basic rule of showing, not telling. If you cover a complicated issue by having one character ...


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TVTropes calls such a character The Watson: The Watson is the character whose job it is to ask the same questions the audience must be asking and let other characters explain what's going on. I don't know if it is desirable to have such a character (I'll let the more qualified people here answer on that one), but given the large number of examples ...


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I had a quick read of both posts and, to my mind, the writing styles were noticeably different. You mention nothing about traffic in your question but it might be pertinent to your writing. Obviously if one website only attracts 1,000 visitors and another attracts 10,000 visitors then it would be unrealistic to expect the same level of reader engagement. ...


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Let's look at the two. First (the failed one) is a mixed bag of... "I did thing". It's definitely your personal blog where you just report things you've been doing, and adding a short piece of opinion to each of them. And you've been doing various things. There's no direction, no focus, nothing to bind it into a solid whole. It's like a Facebook timeline, ...


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Many children's books deal with difficult topics. For example, 'Two Weeks with the Queen' is about someone coping with a sibling dying (it is very sad and very funny). 'Bad Alice', a novel I have just been using with twelve years olds, is about the effects of sexual assault. A recent children's book award winner was about someone trapped in a totalitarian ...


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Narrate the story in third person. The narrator can both tell of the boy's perspective and reflect it from an adult (or teen) viewpoint. Or let the adult look back and narrate his own childhood (in first person). That said, some famous children's or middle grade books (such as Astrid Lindgren's Brothers Lionheart, in which the ten year old protagonist ...


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I'd say always end with some questions & appeals for comments, like "What did you like or dislike about the movie? Am I being too harsh when I criticised $Actor for the way they portrayed their character in $Scene? How should they have done it? What would you like me to review or cover next time?" Then when you do get comments, engage them in a ...


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I've never heard a name for it, but as to the second part of your question: I'd say that, like many literary devices, it can be done poorly, but if used well it can be a great asset to a story. Let's say that there is some background information that you need to convey to the reader. Whether it's a detail about how the police department files DNA samples, ...


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I'd say it's much easier for a person with technical background to learn writing for non-technical audience than for a writer without such background to learn writing technical texts in non-inane manner. The two factors are needed: a deep understanding of the problem and ability to convey the essentials, and learning the latter is much easier than the former ...



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