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How This Critter Crits


GROWTH? ADULATION? HURRY -- CHOOSE!

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giraffmang
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Rating of Chapter 5 -
Micro-Critting
Hi Jay,

A very entertaining way of delivering the information. I've written a few bits on this type of thing myself, although nowhere near as inventive or entertaining as this is.

All the best
G


 Comment Written 23-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 24-Oct-2017
    Hey, G. Sorry you had to go digging for this. Look for a new title next time. I'll change enough of the content to qualify as a new post. Thanks for reading. Thrilled you enjoyed it.
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Micro-Critting
Hi, Jay,

I read through this chapter, which means, I've officially read and reviewed all the chapters of how this critter crits, and moreso, I'm the one who has benefited from reviewing... moreso than you, especially in cases like this chapter.

You do so very well with taking a very large-picture concept and packaging it into something I can wrap my head around. Tying the opening paragraph into the story, compartmentalizing the breadcrumbs for readers to chase, be it if they are leaving a block's amount of bread crumbs or breadcrumbs across state (novel or short)... and keeping the reader hungry for the next crumb. (Something that if you are reviewing, you should be aware of to be able to analyze if the writer did it effectively, and round about... if you are writing, you should be aware of in order to captivate and hold an audience)

In this chapter, from the eyes of a reviewer, you took an approach not so much exactly how to review these concepts, but how to fathom them. (In a room full of writers who have to review... this macro reviewing chapter shows more on aspects of writing. It's a lovely chapter, packed with information and charisma.

I can see it more from their perspectives.
(I enjoyed the personal reflection tidbits, too. Has that selling feel, keeping the target loose and liking the voice and wanting to paying attention, which in turn, shows a great example of how to keep the reader reading to the end)

I'm glad that I got to read this chapter, it touches on a lot of things that I lack, and a lot of the lacking comes from a self-defeating place.


 Comment Written 22-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 24-Oct-2017
    Turtle, sorry you had to ferret this out; then when you succeeded get paid so precious little for your really sterling words. I'm thinking the next chapter will fall in your queue and allow you to get credit for you time and effort.

    Girl, I have huge medical concerns weighing me down. Heart and Lungs and age. Water water everywhere. Having friends like you keep me going. God Bless you.

    Jay
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Rating of Chapter 5 -
Micro-Critting
Jay,

My, oh, my! So much information! I'm not QUITE sure what the sole subject of this chapter was... but the whole was delicious. I especially loved the concluding example. Beautiful and so true to life! *smile*

A couple of 'critter' notes:
1.) Okay, then, whether or not the Cheshire (C)at said it...

2.) white shirts, pedaling wherever these Missionaries pedal in their
--> just wondering why 'missionaries' is capitalized...

Thanks a heap!



 Comment Written 22-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 22-Oct-2017
    You're welcome, Robyn and THANK YOU. Will take care of Cheshire Cat. Sorry you had to search for it. I'm going to make changes in future posts and put 'em up as NEW. FS unnecessary challenges are ridiculous.

reply by the author on 22-Oct-2017
    You're welcome, Robyn and THANK YOU. Will take care of Cheshire Cat. Sorry you had to search for it. I'm going to make changes in future posts and put 'em up as NEW. FS unnecessary challenges are ridiculous.
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Micro-Critting
Nice work, Jay. I loved your opening! What I can't believe is how you weren't a good salesman. I mean, I have been sold on the premise of this. It's good food for thought. The part that resonated most was the avoiding creating a lull in the novel. I have the same book on my nightstand for the past eighteen years and can't get finish it.

Hope your doing well,
Russell


 Comment Written 19-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 19-Oct-2017
    As always, thank you, Russell. Out of curiosity did show up in your inbox, or did you just happen upon it? Either way, Thanks, friend.

reply by F. Wehr3 on 19-Oct-2017
    I happened upon it. No notice in my box.

reply by the author on 19-Oct-2017
    Now, I'm totally baffled. What is the value of a certificate, if it doesn't give one's fans notification?
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Michael Ludwinder
 
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Macro-Critting (The Wrap)
I thought this was well written. I'm not sure about the "center" text. For some reason that nagged me as I was reading. But I thought you did a great job of sharing tips and techniques for writing. Even in this you are "showing" us which is a wonderful lesson for writers. Great job and an informative post.


 Comment Written 16-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 17-Oct-2017
    Thanks for your encouragement and support, Michael. Wow, you had to dig deep in the "pages" to find this.
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Rating of Chapter 4 -
Macro-Critting (The Wrap)
hi Jay,

Another excellent piece on the outset of critting. I hope a lot of people see this, as it offers an invaluable insight into the mind and perceptions of the reader. very nice
G


 Comment Written 16-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 17-Oct-2017
    Thank you, G. I don't know how many of the Fanstorians who might value from this will have a chance to read it (certainly more, after your thoughtful gifts). This is the second, and the last day, and I have 3, including you, who found it.
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2017 Short Works and 2017 Script Writer of the Year.
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Rating of Chapter 4 -
Macro-Critting (The Wrap)
You have great tips here, especially the one about how to read. I have never encountered a word that couldn't be understood by its context, except for technical manuals. When I was a computer engineer, complicated words were par for the course. Now, I look at some of these books and am amazed that I ever read them.


 Comment Written 16-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 17-Oct-2017
    I'm so happy you were able to ferret it out of the swamps. Tom wouldn't allow the REVIVED certificate
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Macro/Micro Critting -- Continued
Hi Jay; I love this series. I find so much value and nuggets of truth within your words, and yes, I'm learning how to be much more gracious and giving in my reviews. I had already learned a great deal from you--in the way you critiqued my work, and now I have a blueprint to work with.

I found this particular part very informative and entertaining. (I was also so glad to know my book summaries are a good idea!)

thank you for this valued advice,

~patty~


 Comment Written 15-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 15-Aug-2017
    Patty, you don't know how important it is to me to hear your words. Your timing is impeccable, especially since I was about deciding to chuck the whole project. I'm only getting a smattering of crits and they have been--for the most part--polite but lukewarm, many showing indications of not having read it at all. But if a few sincerely want to read it, I shall continue. The problem is, I won't be able to promote it as high as I have. Thank you for your sincerity and passion.
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Macro/Micro Critting -- Continued
I appreciate the excellent advice about summarizing previous chapters. I began doing it because I saw others on the site doing it. I will check out Mikey's book to see how he does it due to your suggestion. It is nearly impossible to start in the middle of a book and at first I wouldn't even attempt reading anything well under progress, I wouldn't have a clue about what was going on and felt I couldn't give a good review on it. A couple of times, I have been intrigued enough by a chapter to start at the beginning and catch up, but it takes time so it has to be a great story.

I like the example of your friend and his honest critique. It shows that if we are honest, we can learn from each other.


 Comment Written 14-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 21-Aug-2017
    Sorry I'm so slow in responding to this, your very kind crit. I'm so happy you are finding my post so helpful. Thank you.
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trumby
 
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Macro/Micro Critting -- Continued
Good, solid advice from an (obviously) experienced author.
This is not just to have a dig at reviewers who want to "Grab the $ and run", but it also gives good advice on how to react to (possibly) negative reviewers. Or even reviewers who don't know how to say it. (Loved that bit)
My father LOVES anything that I write about Australian cattle and horses, even though I know that it needs work.


 Comment Written 13-Aug-2017



reply by the author on 13-Aug-2017
    TRUMBY! Have you been away? I remember your story about (the fighter) you and your neighbor. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm about this post and of course, the sixer.
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