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[originally posted by Olly Buckle in The Writers' Lounge]
Some of these are good threads, some good posts, they are all things which strike us as useful, or at least worth a look at.
Beware some contain off-site links over which we have no control, follow them on your own initiative.
I have called it “Piglet’s picks” because Piglet from Portugal has done most of the grunt work (Blame amsawtell for the pun, it was to good to miss) seeking out these posts, thank you PiP. I have simply put them in order of the boards on which they appear.
If you see anything you think worthy of adding to this list please post it below or notify me of it and I will edit it in.
Keep an eye on the thread, people are passing stuff on all the time, a new post is usually a new link, go to the post and you will not have to read through the list to see what's new since you last looked.
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Copyright term and Public Domain. Note: Just because something is considered public domain shouldn't give one the right to pillage it at will without giving some due credit to the original source. Call it 'Writer's Etiquette'.
A big thank you to everyone who participated and an even bigger thank you to our judges, Bazz Cargo, Lasm, and DuKane for taking the time out of their lives to review the entries. Thanks also goes out to Jon M for the suggested prompt.
Congratulations to the winners, and a thank you to everyone else for a good read.
"Prince Dreamshine and Fufflemuff at an Island"
The only grammatical mistakes I saw were with the dialogue. Instead of a period before the end quotation mark, there should a comma.
Nothing all that deep. Although, I see your dialogue skills have been improving. I don't even know if this is possible, so don't take it too seriously, but I felt there were too many adjectives. Too much explanation, if you will.
As for the actual story, didn't really seem like an end goal in sight. Just another day, strolling along with the adventures of Fufflemuff and Dreamshine. I can't criticize that, as it appears that's what you're going for. But I'm looking for more.
Saw no grammatical errors. Point off because it was nothing out of the box or unordinary. That's not necessarily a bad thing, so it's not something you have to worry about changing.
What I saw here is what I often see with short stories. It feels as if this is more of an outline than anything else. Fixed if you took the direction of the story somewhere else, or focused more on parts of the story that were skipped. The characters might as well have been nameless due to me not connecting with any of their feelings. I didn't know the characters enough. Seems like everything needed to get to know them was skipped. Initially I wasn't even sure where love came into all this.
I understand that it's a limited word count, but that's up to you to figure out. Treat your story as if it exists outside of what you've written, then choose the part of the story that would give someone something to care about.
Definitely an out of the box idea. Not only that, it felt like a story that was built around the prompt, rather than the prompt just thrown in. Even further, it felt like a full story. We got it all. The past, present, and idea of the future. The characters played their parts well, and you gave life to that little 'army' very nicely.
I have no complaints. It was a fantastic story. Great job.
Only grammatical error I saw was in the second sentence of this. Missing comma in there.
You handled this well. Built the story around the prompt rather than throwing the prompt in there. Things got a bit weird towards the end, and I liked it. It opened the door for an expansion of the universe; something I didn't expect. All new problems imagined up, so many different directions the story can now take.
Well that escalated pretty fast. I did not expect the story to go in that direction. You shocked me. A very interesting motive they had, as well.
Was a bit odd to see a grown man being described as giggling. That just added more to the silly tone this whole story had.
Couple mistakes with the spacing throughout this. Future reference, no editing after 10 minutes. You can be disqualified for doing so. Fortunately for you, I read this before the edit, and the only noticeable change was your stating of the word count.
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