I have just a couple of unexpected hours to spare and much spam to cram into it, so without further ado ... LET ROUND ONE OF THE 2014 CRITIQUING CIRCLE BEGIN!! :D
The theme for January - March is: Ocean
All contributions submitted by (appropriately?) April Fool's Day will be included in this glorious Round One of Four.
You don't have to wait for April 1 to start leaving critiques for others - in fact it is probably best not to, depending how many participants we get.
Actually submitting something to the critiquing circle (ooh, sounds all arcane-like) is super easy ...
1. Post it in your own journal.
Please bear the 10,000 word limit in mind for your sanity and that of others. 11,281 is a reasonable flouting of the rules, but 13,920 is a number even the numerically challenged Spanish Inquisition would not accept.
Feel free to chats a bitsy, precious, about the story or any background for the story that readers might require. Also, mention what kind of criticism you're seeking - see the Critically Acclaimed Critical Analysis post.
2. Post a link to this story on Talechasing.
Just to be clear, only post a link to the story in your journal - don't post your whole story on Talechasing itself, as it may get lost.
For minimum chance of overlookedness, I would suggest that you post said link in a comment on THIS post (for THIS round only, of course).
I'll collect each link onto the 2014 Full Year Master List of Doom as you post it, while silvanime has volunteered to do the quarterly round-ups starting with April-One-Round-One.
* Please check the round-up list, when it comes out, before submitting another story for Round Two. Remember, if you have submitted something in that round, your word of honour and love of your fellow (wo)man ask of you that you critique the other stories in that round-up.
We don't seem to have had many other queries raised in the weekly chatterbox as yet, but if you do have lingering questions, feel free to ask them here. Here are some guesses-at-might-be-frequently-asked-que
- Do I have to use the quarterly prompt?
In case you missed the discussion earlier: nope. It's there to jog your inspiration into gear only if you need it.
- Can I write poetry instead of a story?
This too has been raised and it has been agreed that all writing formats except rap lyrics are acceptable. (do not take that as a challenge damn you)
- I'm posting an excerpt from a longer story. What if it doesn't quite stand alone?
You can either include a link to 'recommended prereading' (which others are not compelled to read, bear in mind ...), or include any necessary background information in your little blurb when you post the story. The latter is strongly recommended.
- Can I post more than one story?
For the purposes of the critiquing circle, this is unfortunately more than most participants expect to be able to handle ... so no, please nominate only one story as the one you're seeking feedback for. HOWEVER, obviously you are still at liberty to post other stories in your own journal and beg by the roadside for thoughts from those passing by.
- If I'm not posting a story to be critiqued this round, do I have to leave comments for others?
- If I'm not posting a story to be critiqued this round, am I still allowed to leave comments for others?
No! Absolutely not! Writers HATE unsolicited feedback! (Yes, of course you are.)
- If I comment on something in one round without submitting a story for critiquing, and then submit a story the next round, can I get a comment credit? :)
Let's not stray too far into the realms of comment economics. Simplicity is best. If you post something in one quarterly round, you comment on all the other stories in that same round - easy. Any unrequited comments, past or present, are treated as a non-tax-deductible charitable donation, okay?
- Aaaaargh I've posted something for critiquing but life is crazy my gingerbread house got eaten by some brats and their parents don't have insurance I just don't have time to leave comments for everyone else aaaargh ...
Don't stress. Life happens. Your story will not be repossessed by the Comment Repo Man (see previous). Catch up whenever you can; just wait until you've caught up before you post any more stories for critiquing.
Have at thee, 2014! :D