Date: Aug 10, 2015 09:23 pm Title: It's the little things that count
Thanks sooo much for doing this type of thing!!
I AM NOT a great writer, better then some on here, but not great.
I really struggle with spelling and grammar. I have had this question for a while and now that this topic has been taken care of I see no harm in asking it.
There are some writers on here, that well, to put it nicely have run ons and no way of knowing where one sentice stops and where another one begins. What's also mind blowing about this is that the story has lots of reviews as well as chapters and the people that review the chapters seem unfazed by the writers writing skills or lak there of.
Obviessly this isn't a sight where every writer that comes on here has to be good, but what do you do about those who aren't? I'm not asking this to be mean, I'm just asking this for the sake of just wondering about this for some time.
There are a LOT of people with duplicate accounts on here.
Many people have friends who are loyal and supportive.
Some people come up with very original plots that lead readers to look beyond the grammatical errors.
Finally- MJFiction has some simply wonderful people who seek to encourage everyone.
Date: Feb 05, 2015 07:09 pm Title: It's the little things that count
I've never thought about reading the things I write out loud to hear how it sounds, but I'm definitely on going to try it.
Most of our mistakes are because we assume what we write makes sense and flows. However, seeing as how we are the authors, thus assumptions are often faulty. Reading what you write out loud enables you to catch most of those errors, because your breath pattern and/or your ears will alert you to details your eye missed.
Date: Jan 20, 2015 01:04 am Title: It's the little things that count
I found all of this very useful, but it can be very hard to imporve and get better when you don't get a lot of reviews. I love when people criticize my writing. It's nice to know what's good and what needs improvement. What really bugs me is knowing that many people are reading but not reviewing. When you put a lot of time into something, it's depressing when people won't even take a few seconds to review...
You got a lot of reviews for (one of my favorite stories) Soulmates. I assume you are talking about His Queen? That's a hard one. TBH that is the one story I'm highly uncomfortable commenting on as she's SO young. I've heard chatter so I know I'm not the only one who feels that way. It violates one of the main rules of this site (#3 to be specific).
Date: Jan 20, 2015 12:54 am Title: It's the little things that count
I ate Michael, hahahahahahah :)
I had fun. Ones that were also considered but not chosen:
"Michael smothers me..." instead of "Michael, some others, me"
"I found comfort in cooking Michael and the kids" rather than "I found comfort in cooking, Michael, and the kids"
Date: Jan 19, 2015 03:34 pm Title: It's the little things that count
Grammar is my Achilles heel. Ugh. Mostly punctuation and run on sentences. Also a few homophones get loose sometimes and I don't catch them when I re-read my story. I think so much can be helped if most people read their story to make sure the plot stays in sync and to catch misspelled words. Over all great advice.
I also think that research is key. When I write Stories that my be AU or semi AU I like to make sure the real things I talk about are accurate if I can help it at all.
I don't think I noticed any really glaring errors in your story. To a certain extent, I see grammar as shaped by one's style of writing. In other words, the rules aren't hard and fast in the creative world (e.g. Michael's "2 Bad"). Now, a bunch of sentences that run four lines, lack the appropriate commas, and are confusingly phrased? Well, then I go into Editor Mode and get distracted from the plot.
Speaking as a reader, thank you for doing your research!