Monthly Archives: August 2018

Writing reviews

Writing Reviews and Why It’s Your Duty

by VJ Miller, Sr.

Writing Reviews Starts Here

The craft of writing has it’s rules, and along with those rules there are some responsibilities; one of which is writing reviews, the feedback from the reader that every author covets.

 “Okay. But shouldn’t this post come after I’ve written my manuscript and not before?”

 One of the ways to be a better writer is to read as much as you can of other writer’s work.  While reading you should be taking into account: plot, and pacing and the writer’s voice, or how they craft their sentences. Every writer deserves some sort of feedback and should want some sort of review.  How else is any writer going to gauge how effective he or she has been. Continue reading Writing Reviews and Why It’s Your Duty

Why? An Observation and an Opinion

by VJ Miller, Sr.
Why do people ask questions they don’t want answers too?

I’ve been to all kinds of forums where members can post their writing or artwork or pictures, even music. They ask the membership for critiques and when those assessments roll in, and if they aren’t favorable they become defensive and reply, “How dare you…” or words to that effect.

I discount the sadistic types who just like to bash everyone’s work. They’re evil incarnate. But why jump all over the honest person who feels you need a serious edit of your stuff? That’s why you asked for the critique in the first place; to make your stuff better than it was. And why belittle the person who just wants to help with an asinine “doh!”  Homer’s become a part of our everyday language. How droll; how sad for all of us? Continue reading Why? An Observation and an Opinion