Just whatever rants come to mind. This seems to be a great way to vent.


4. Critique

You ever notice how about five or six years ago, teen writers were a rare thing? I was just starting out back then. A bad experience of horrendous grammar and a wafer thin plot drove me away from online writing communities for about two years, and when I tried again I found inkpop.


Inkpop was a gift. HarperCollins automatically became my favorite publishing company. I read and commented, noting the little typos and giving my input, hoping I wasn't insulting the author by pointing out my opinions. And no one was! Authors back then relished the input. If you pointed out typos you spotted, you saved them time. And when other people read your work, they really do spot the flaws that you can't.


There are still some remaining of that noble breed of authors that actually understand that constructive critique does not translate to 

"OMG! This is so gud! Update update update!"


But there should seriously be more authors like those that used to be. I love giving critique. I don't say much regarding the actual writing, because every author has a different style. Whether we like it or not, it's a matter of taste. I point out some typos if there are few, tell them there are typos if there are a several too many.


I've read authors on here claim that "Bad grammar doesn't matter if it's good writing". Screw that. If you had any dreams of getting published, good grammar is everything. It doesn't matter if you have a story worthy of a James Cameron movie. If there are typos and grammar errors rampant on the page, editors will use your query letter/manuscript as firewood. But who on here wants to get published, when they can just write dirty things about famous boys instead?


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