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Reading about Writing~ 
9th-Jan-2011 05:01 pm
I managed to vote in four of the Last Author Standing communities in the last two days, one of them with 20 entries. I've found I learn a lot about writing from reading 'amateur' writing and being forced to comment (one of the brilliant aspects of these competitions). I try to give some hints with all my votes, unless the writing is too good to require any.

The two common technical issues I've found in the stories are (1) the use of commas (not knowing where they belong) and (2) the structure of dialogue. Comma splices are common--and hardly anybody knows how to use a semicolon. And when it comes to dialogue, there are a myriad of issues, like capitalization and, once again, whether to put the comma before or after the quotes. No, folks, you can't "laugh" a line of dialogue, at least not without choking to death. And many people just don't understand that "said" is golden. I read a great description of this yesterday, admitting that "said" can *indeed* get boring, which means it ultimately becomes invisible, rendering it the perfect dialogue tag.

Anyway, the results of this Challenge are delayed this weekend, so it'll be another day before we know the moniker of the Last Author Standing in the Twilight_LAS. Is it wrldpossibility or yours truly? Stay tuned!

ETA: The last five months of giving concrit in the voting is going to help me be a better leader for our writing group when we start it up again.

10th-Jan-2011 01:00 am (UTC)
I admit, my stories are rife with comma errors. LOL
10th-Jan-2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Hardly! You're one of the strong writers that I've read across the genres . . . actually, the Twilight stories were pretty strong overall, compared with some of the other communities, especially.
11th-Jan-2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. I do admit that when proofreading I try to look for comma errors and ask for help.

It was very hard to choose stories. I found many of them very well written.
10th-Jan-2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh it's delayed? I hadn't checked yet.

One thing I love about the fic writing community is the range of ability displayed, because it means it's a 'safe' place to people to try their hand at fiction. This leads to freedom of creativity. That said, it's also a place to learn (I know I've learned in the process) and it bothers me when authors persist in poor grammar as though it doesn't matter. One of my pet peeves is the misuse (or non-use) of semi-colons.
10th-Jan-2011 06:23 am (UTC)
I love fanfic overall, because it offers such freedom of creativity. People can post on line and find real followings, even if they aren't that strong technically. It's really about the subject matter even more than the skill. People want to read about stuff they like and pairings they like. I learned early on that slash wasn't gonna win at Twilight_LAS, for instance, and just let that go.

Overall I found the Twilight writing pretty strong compared with some of the other communities. The Harry Potter writers have also been consistently strong. One of the writers there used a colon instead of a semicolon in the last Challenge--and that taught me something, since I avoid the colon, never knowing whether the capitalize the second sentence. Now I know, since I had to go do some research, hehe.

I've enjoyed the voting aspect almost as much as the writing and probably gotten more out of it, in a way.
10th-Jan-2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
I commented to this before and for some reason it went away, first time for that in a long time. Anyway I am proud of you keeping this all up with your very busy schedule.

I am anxious to hear the results. Glad that you had a more restful week-end than usual. Candy did get our house undecorated yesterday. We went over and visited Ruthann and it was nice to see her. She is doing so well for being 94. She had driven her self to church. Yikes.

I will keep good thoughts and prayers going for Henry, I am so glad that he is doing better.
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