After a lot of thinking I have come to the decision that SWH unfortunately needs to close. This group is not as active as it once was - many critics have left us for greener pastures - and we are unable to work with the load anymore. We will be inviting pieces to GrammarNaziCritiques to fill up the folders there and I encourage you to join there if you are looking for critiques as the team there is larger and I will be focusing more on that group once this one is officially shut down.
The pieces will be moved within the week and then the group will shut down. Please move yourself over if you want to - anyone who is active will see this journal and do so, so I have no worries.
If you have pieces in both groups that you wanted critique on, as I know some of you are already members at GNC, please note GNC with the name of the piece that was in both groups and I will sort something out.
I am sorry to have to say this. I am sorry that it has come to this. I have been founder for almost 3 years and the group has risen and fallen and I can honestly say that as my first critique group, first as a contributor and then as founder, it has taught me a lot. I hope that it has helped you.
Critics Needed at GrammarNaziCritiques
We are in need of a few more souls to join us on our quest to help writers with their work.
Both poetry and prose critics are needed.
At this timePoetry critics are more essential, but please don't let that stop you if you are a prose critic or a dual critic.
Note: Critics may still submit their work for critique.
Note: The minimum commitment is one critique a month.
If you are interested, please note me [MagicalJoey] with an appropriately titled note.
If you have a watcher or friend who is interested please get them to note me.
Other Group Notes
is slowly being resurrected. We have already paired a couple of people, but many are waiting for just the right partner to come their way. Come and check us out and maybe become a buddy, a mentor or a mentee - you could be who we are looking for!
is a small group where you can learn some tips about critiquing as well as practicing your critiquing abilities. You can request a one-on-one learning session with an admin via a group note, or just participate in the challenges. Come and join us and encourage your friends as well. Even if you don't become a critic, the challenges will help you with your own writing.
Note This group is not only for people wanting to be critics but critics wanting to sharpen their skills as well. So please spread the word and bring in some people.
is a group focusing on letting those who suffer from various hurts, or who have experienced them in the past, let out their emotions. It is a safe environment and the staff are available for a chat should you need it. Each staff member has a profile as to their own personal experiences to allow you to find one who can help you the most.
is a group for people with all sorts of issues to not only submit their work but also talk about their experiences and meet people who have gone through the same thing. It is a deviant support group.
If you receive any type of critique on your work and you are unsure as to whether it has come from us, please come and check if it has been done by one of our critics (there is a list on the front page).
On our main page is a list of the critics and what they critique. This is to let you, the members, know who is who. Hopefully you will visit their pages and browse their works, as many of them put in so much effort here and desperately need comments on their own work. You don't have to be a critic to leave a positive comment, so go make their day.
On that note, if you ever feel that a critic has been unduly negative in their critique, or if they are critiquing you in person and not your work, please note MagicalJoey (with a note appropriately titled so I know what it's about) and I will try to solve the problem. Remember though, that a good critique sometimes has to be harsh, and you posted your work for critique. If the work is especially meaningful to you, and you know that you can't accept anything possibly 'negative' in a comment, then don't submit it here. Remember: we critique everything that is submitted --> except for pieces that flout the rules. (Rules can be found further down in this journal.)
Please also note, that as we are a critique group, we don't promote your works. If you are looking for more exposure, please don't submit to us and waste both our time and yours.
I also want to ask you, as members, to try and bring new members in to the group. I am sure that you have many watchers and friends who would like constructive comments/critiques on some of their work - invite them to join us. If you can't physically invite them, then get them to come to our page and click 'join'. I accept all join requests.
I have added a list of Literary/Critique guides in the 'About Us' section of the group. These cover things like Character Creation, Dialogue and a whole lot more, feel free to check it out.
We critique EVERYTHING you place in the folder. If you don't want a critique, don't submit.
We are not a group here to promote your work.
We try to not take school/university essays, as it is not really our job to critique and proofread them for you. This rule can be bent on occasion.
We appeal to you to please place something in your artist's comments that tell us anything you specifically want us to focus on when we critique. It makes things easier for us when we have a guideline.
We accept only original writing - if you post something that is not yours you will be reported as an art thief.
We DO NOT accept any Fan Fiction.
We have no word limit on prose entries, however, bear in mind that the longer the entry the longer you will have to wait for a critique.
We only accept one chapter of a story at any given time.
We do not accept epic descriptions of violence, sex (erotica, smut), religious views. Please apply mature filters where appropriate.
When we critique a piece, we aren't arguing against it - you don't have to defend your piece.
When we critique a piece, we aren't saying that it is aweful or terrible - we are simply saying that there is room for improvement.
When we critique a piece, we are giving our opinions, not a mandate or law.
When we critique a piece, we try to critique those that can be improved upon. Those with work still to be done.
When we critique a piece, we research what we are saying.
When we critique a piece, we put a lot of effort into what we are saying, sometimes taking hours to write the critique.
When we critique a piece, we don't expect you to change everything we suggest. If you do, good, if you don't, the main point is that you learn for next time.
When we critique a piece, we are as respectful as we know how to be.
When we critique a piece, we try to keep in mind that we are fallible, and no matter how much research we may have done we may be wrong.
When we critique a piece, we are aware that our own work may need just as much critique as yours.
That's all for now folks, have a great time writing!