The General Writers Forum is different from the other forums for expression here on GTAForums.com in that each word and sentence our patrons write is reflective of time spent at work--thinking of the correct words, forming sentences, delving into the personalities of characters, and welding together elaborate plots. This is not to say that the other forums don't host true work, but merely that a story is not a piece of art in the same way that a computer graphic is. Your work requires a different level of criticism and interest.
I realize I have become stagnant and unhelpful in the General Writers Forum. Thanks in part to my indolence, the GWF has gained an ill reputation as a place where nothing is taken critically and no work is really cared about. I want to make my best effort to correct this. But I need your help, too.
One of the obstacles in reaching out to the patrons of the GWF is a genuine dissatisfaction toward saying the same things over and over. After seeing the same mistakes, I have resorted to making short, unhelpful comments that few consider and even fewer utilize. Can we halt the practice? Of course. That's why I need you to read this before posting your work.
A Few Bedrock Guidelines
This is my major qualm. A quote should include quoted material (obviously) and attribution (optionally). The standards of attribution are not hard to figure out. Let's take a look at the incorrect and correct forms of attribution.
|QUOTE (INCORRECT ATTRIBUTION)|
| • "What a stinky piece of cheese." Said Fred.|
• "What a stinky piece of cheese." said Fred.
• "What a stinky piece of cheese." Was the reply from Fred's table.
• "That's one stinky piece of cheese!" Exclaimed Fred.
• "Could you break me off a hunk of that stinky cheese?" Asked Fred.
These forms are incorrect. Incorrect.
|QUOTE (CORRECT ATTRIBUTION)|
| • "What a stinky piece of cheese," said Fred.|
• "What a stinky piece of cheese," was the reply from Fred's table.
• "That's one stinky piece of cheese!" exclaimed Fred.
• "Could you break me off a hunk of that stinky cheese?" asked Fred.
Attribution always begins with a lower-case letter.
I've grown tired of redundant (repetitive and useless) phrases appearing amidst the work in the GWF. For example:
|QUOTE (Too many redundancies)|
|The hot sun burned us until 5 p.m., but then wet rain began to fall.|
Of course the sun is hot. Of course rain is wet. Please, please , please try to fix this.
3. Seriously, guys. It's 'Colombian,' not 'Columbian.' And a single member of a Colombian Drug Cartel is not called a 'Cartel,' much like a member of a Chinese Drug Triad is not called a 'Triad.' Let's call a halt to this.
Will be updated later.