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Hey guys, JohnathanNash and I have decided to come together and create a competition for the end of the year! This competition will focus on the Christmas/Winter season we’re in and will require you to write a story inspired by one of our Christmas and Winter themed prompts! This is a relatively familiar idea for competitions now so I won't labour on about it, instead we'll just get on with it.
Rules: State your interest and either Johnathan or I will provide you with a prompt. You must then write a story inspired by that prompt. Once finished post your story to the wikia (it must meet quality standards so consider using the workshop) and post a comment here with a link to your story! Simple.
Word Limit: 5000 words
Deadline: 24th December
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If you’re unfamiliar with the style of review I’ll be using here you can look here to see it introduced. For now I’ll just be digging right in and reviewing MikeMacDee's Jozsa's Grove.
Let’s start with the plot.
Summary: Framing device established (i.e. I’m not insane I sweeeear!). Schall’s stillbirth + deaths. Dream. Sam’s breakdown + possession. Narrator’s midnight scare. Narrator returns. Art and narrator confront Sam. Follow her to Grove. Reveal of the tree & workers’ fates. Art gets eaten. Narrator flees. Narrator returns. Burns down house, kills Sam, unearths tree. End framing device + final reveal of baby monster.
Analysis: So, at the heart of this story is a miscarriage. A couple move into an abandoned home to revitalise it. The prior …Read more >
I’ve gone for a catchier title. I’ve always sucked at writing titles, and I’d like to give this blog another go. Consider this a soft reboot which was nearly titled "I Read These Pastas: You Won't BELIEVE What Happened Next".
Rules? I’ll only highlight pastas I have read and which were released since my last blog. Please discuss stories you think people should read, which can be from any time period on the site i.e. old or new. Simple. I’ll list stories released in the last 6 weeks-ish, you list stories in the comments that you like from any time. I can’t read everything so some stories may have been released recently which are good and which I don’t mention; doesn’t mean I don’t think they’re worthy of your TLC. Please mention them if you w…Read more >
Earlier today I almost wrote the words ‘you need to keep a consistent tense’ but stopped myself. I sat back and thought about what that really meant. My understanding of grammar let me know there are quite a few tenses and I knew that some sentences can be written with more than one historical point of reference. For example,
“I fell down the stairs and saw him running away.” – I instantly recognised that there are three verbs, two in the past but one whose tense is not as clear cut. I had a faint memory of past participles and past continuous verbs etc. but it dawned on me that out of all the many tenses that exist in English not only was I not consciously aware of the rules that govern them but I could not comfortably say what tenses were …Read more >
Disclaimer: the story this blog analyses is NSFW consequently this blog discusses and deals with numerous NSFW themes and ideas so be warned.
So I wanted to discuss critical reading and cohesive writing while looking in-depth at one specific story. I’ve chosen to do this because I think it’s easier to get my message across through a functional example than it is to try and laboriously detail the process in whole. For this post I’ll be looking at Jay’s story Ned the Nihilist (NSFW).
So first major lesson with critical reading is to uh… think. Thinking is, of course, the most important step in critical reading. You have to go beyond just passively receiving information, you have to actively engage it and think about it. I’m going to detail my…Read more >