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22 April 2008 @ 06:28 pm
General Intro  

This is a community for beta readers and writers. The goal for this community is to help those who are just starting out, or for those who want a second opinion, or for betas who want some extra tips and tricks to expand their skills.

Just as a preview,  I thought I'd let you know some of the topics coming up. This is not an extensive list, nor are the topics in the order they will be given. If there is something you would like me to rant on, please don't be shy about letting me know.

  1. Common grammar mistakes
  2. Common punctuation mistakes
  3. Homonyms
  4. Placement of people, places, and things
  5. Show vs. tell
  6. Tact-how to say what you mean without being mean
  7. General rules-striking a deal
  8. Dialogue
  9. Comma usage
  10. Semicolon usage
  11. The importance of attitude
  12. Canon vs. Fanon
  13. Tenses and timeline consistency
  14. The dialogue tag
  15. General rules - know your limits
  16. A critical eye - catching the hidden stuff
  17. What to do when you're in over your head

Again, this is a working list. It is not complete without your input. If there is anything you would like to see, or would like me to write about first, let me know.

 

 
 
 
morinenwmorinenw on April 26th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
How to deal with people who can't take concrit, especially after asking you for it. I usually have my friends sign an agreement so I won't lose a friend, as they knew what to expect. But this isn't always feasible, or sometimes advisable.
misspaiamisspaia on April 26th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
That's a really good idea. I think I'll definitely add that. I also have plans for what to do when your author ignores your advice...when you know you're right. Thanks for the suggestion.