If you receive any type of critique on your work, please come and check if it has been done by one of our critics (there is a list on the front page). If it has, please feel free to submit more work. If it hasn't, it will be critiqued as soon as we can.
Super Group Fund
If you want us to remain a super group (renewal comes up in October, but we are already at the end of February) then please donate using the widget on my front page: `MagicalJoey
If you could state in your donation (if possible) that it is for SWH I will keep an Excel sheet denoting which points go where, so I don't confuse them with the MSBI ones.
If you can't donate, keep your ear to the ground and your eyes open for any contests you hear of that have point prizes I can enter to try win. Each of you is in different groups for different reasons, and while there are some contests I won't be able to enter the more I do the more chance there is of winning points.
The target is 5000 points
The Prose Folder is now OPEN
I ask that you only have a maximum of two of your pieces waiting for critique in the folder at any given time. I don't want it to overflow again and have to close so soon after being opened.
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!