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Community rules (Read this first)

Hello and welcome to the new Community! 

This forum is free to writers all over the world and is ran by writer's club, Jericho Writers. Go check us out if you haven't heard of us - we have plenty more where this came from. 

Below are rules on how to keep this a safe and supportive place, and how to critique each other's work productively. We do ask that ALL users follow these rules, please:


How to keep this a safe space

Your Community is a place to share writing, meet friends, vent frustrations and celebrate achievements. It is a safe space open to ALL writers, no matter where you are from, how many words you have written before, or what genre you are choosing to write in. Therefore, we ask that everyone in the Community follow these rules: 

  • Be kind. Writing means a lot to us. Treat others how you would like to be treated. 
  • Be supportive. All writers face rejection. This space supports writers through that until they get that 'yes'.
  • Be constructive. If a writer asks for feedback on their work, then follow the rules below.


How to give effective feedback

  • Always start with a positive. Doesn’t matter how many books you may have had published, receiving feedback is always a bit scary. So start with something nice, and end that way too, if you can.
  • Be honest. Publishing is bedeviled by bland, nice and evasive feedback. That’s useless. If you think a certain chapter isn’t working, the author needs you to say so.
  • Be respectful. It should always be possible to give negative feedback in a respectful way. Please do as you would be done by. If you do inadvertently cause offence, be quick to say sorry!
  • Respond to specific requests. If someone is asking you for help with their characterization, then the more you can say about that, the better.
  • Be specific. The more you illustrate your comments with examples drawn from the text, the more useful it’ll be. It’ll also help you to understand how writing works in a way that will help you in your own work, too.
  • Be expert. By giving good feedback to others you are training your own critical faculties, in a way that will really help you analyse and improve your own work. The more you understand about writing technique, the more your skills will improve.

How to seek a critique

  • Don’t post too much text. About 3,000 words is the outer limit for comfortable on-screen reading. You’ll get better, more detailed feedback if you can stick within that limit. If you get into a detailed discussion with other members and they’re keen to exchange larger amounts of text, then go for it – but 3,000 words is a good maximum starting point.
  • Be clear about context. If your manuscript is aimed at a literary audience, it’ll need to be written differently to a children’s novel. Explain in 3-4 sentences what your project is, and what the story is about.
  • Be clear about what you want. Is it your style that concerns you? Is it the way your character emerges? Are you worried about establishing a clear sense of place? Is your pacing OK? Naturally, you’ll want to know about everything – but if you do have particular concerns, then letting your readers know will help guide them towards more effective feedback.
  • Be prepared for honesty. Critiques are useless if they’re not honest, so do be prepared for some negative feedback (which should, of course, be politely expressed – see above). If you just want reassurance and support, then say so! All writers need a cuddle from time to time, but do say this, if this is what you’re after.
  • Give back. It takes time and commitment to write an effective critique. As a rough guide, we suggest that you should give feedback at least 3-5 times for every time you post work looking for feedback. If you’re more generous than that, then you’re a very lovely person. Thank you.


We hope all of this sounds fair enough to you! 

For full terms of this Community, see the dedicated page, here

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  • This is fabulous!

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    • How do I post on this forum? Thanks...

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      • Thank you for your time and effort in creating this site. I am delighted to accept your offer to join. 

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        • This is really great, honest feedback is a treasure thank you for setting this up

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          • I really like the ground rules, Sarah. Sensible, positive and not too complicated.

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            • Great ground rules, Sarah. Thank you for your hard work.

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              • Hi Sarah, thank you for setting this up and the ground rules. 


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                • Thanks, Sarah. This is excellent advice.


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                  • Useful. Looking forward to putting them into action.

                     

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                    • Hello, I updated my profile and posted on my latest work yesterday, everything was public but I don't see it posted. Does it take a day or two?

                      Mike

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                      • Hi Mike,

                        How did you post your work? I can see posts by others but can't figure out how to post mine.

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                        • Hi Zeenath, I can reply easily enough but did notice that you don't get the comment box at the top of page, it was a the end of other posts, but also it does not show up unless I was logged in(as it should, oops). Don't now if that helps.

                          ~Mike

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                          • Hi Mike,

                            Thanks for your reply. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I will try and figure it out.

                            Zeenath

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                          • Hi Sarah,

                            Thanks for creating this forum. I watched your videos and particularly enjoyed the one on pace. I am a bit confused about where to post as well...

                            Zeenath

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                            • Great, we all know what we doing then. Let's get busy.

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                              • I was trying to figure out how to start an Invader Zim forum, but this seems better. Cheese |D

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                                • I'm feeling incredibly ignorant - how can I participate on this resource and share work? I can't find any obvious way to paste and post.

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                                  • I’m so happy about this area of Jericho. I’ve needed and wanted this type of help. Thank all of you who are here and willing to give guidance. I myself can offer some help as well from time to time. As soon as I’m done with all of this Covid 19 mess here in the USA I’ll be freer to participate. 

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                                    • This place looks like a winner. A recent workshop I attended used a structured process. Each day we critiqued one writer's work, also less than 3000 words. I like to work with shorter pieces. It fits my scheduling, and I can look at more samples. I'm not suggesting this group use this format, but I'll be using something like it when I critique an offering. It allows me to maintain objectivity while offering authentic observations about a writer's work.

                                      1) the author remained silent and comments always used the term "the author or the writer" and never you or by name 2) each person in order answered the question: when you think about this work, what's the first idea, or the image, that pops into your mind? 3) each person briefly described their favorite part of the work and if it's the same as previously mentioned, pick your second favorite, i.e., no repeats 4) each person described the section of the work that they'd recommend the writer look at again and for what reason 5) at the finish the author could speak and advised not to defend but to comment. It worked wonders.


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                                      • Hello I've just joined and have never used anything like this before though have been in a Writers Group before. Will watch and learn for a while. 

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                                        • I'm feeling really thick, but I can't figure out how to share my first few pages on the Peer to Peer

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                                          • Not thick at all, it's not as clear as it could be (it's something we're working on!) If you start a new discussion on the forum: https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/create-discussion Choose 'Peer to peer critiques' form the category drop down menu. Then some words introducing your sample in the Text box and then you should see a 'Multiple Upload' button, if you click that you should be able to select your file/files. Then click 'Submit'. Hope that helps!

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                                            • I hope I got it right... I listed something, somewhere (hopefully under the Peer Review) entitled "Summoning the Devil"

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                                            • Hi can you please tell me how to post my work to this area? I cant see how to do it. Thanks.


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                                              • Are there christian writters here? I would like to get in touch with you please? Thanks
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                                                • Hello Keloy. I am not a "Christian writer" as in writing specific Christian books but I am a Christian and trying to be a writer. :)


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