Reviews for Writing Summaries for Dummies
vbpinkflower chapter 1 . 11/20/2016
Very helpful!

Thank you!
Lazerkat chapter 1 . 1/28/2015
Evil grammar bunnies...
Guest chapter 1 . 2/8/2013
We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness"-then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience. You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all."
GreaterGood chapter 1 . 6/6/2010
This is actually pretty good, I'm surprised (because I thought it would be stupid advice). Your "good" summary in the examples was, well, pathetic, honestly, but the rest was good advice. I like that you talked more about what not to do then technical advice on what to do, because each story is an artwork all its own and personal, so you can't really make a summary based on a code, but on the feel of the book. Some stories just require a vague, mysterious summary, while others need details to draw the reader in. Also, this is personal, but for the examples, I have another critique. This may be just me who feels this way, but when someone write "read and review please" it hints desperation, like they are a mediocre writter who get very little reviews, so I'd caution advising that.
huimei chapter 1 . 6/2/2010
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eiyuang999 chapter 1 . 5/23/2010
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Adler StaudeGartner chapter 1 . 3/15/2010
Thanks for the Advice man. I love stories like this, its the next best thing to getting a constructive review. Speaking of which I would give one, but with a work like an essay, or rather this kind of essay, I dont think their is anything I can say. Anyway good write up, thanks for posting, keep it coming.
Hime06 chapter 1 . 1/8/2009
Thank you for your guide.:)

Lots of Love,

Hime
Brackets chapter 1 . 8/26/2008
While I liked the guide on how to write a nice summary, I don't honestly agree with everything you say here;

A summary should utilise what little space it has- Not that short summaries are bad, but the more you can explain about your story, the better. Leaving a hanging air of suspense over the story is always good; It makes the reader curious about what happens and more likely to read the story. However, the reason that your Good summary is bad is that it barely says a thing about the story in question. It's good to leave suspense, as I said, but when you reveal nothing more about the story than than something happens to her, it's not a great way to summarise a story. Just think that there are many other stories, all listed on the same page right next to each other. A reader hardly has time to click on every story to see if they like it, so naturally they'll click on the story which grips their interest first. You need far more information about the story then just that something happens to her to make her doubt whether she is normal or not- The story needs to show how it is original. Otherwise, it will not be read.

It is not a good idea to take up summary space with things like 'Read and Review' and rating warnings. Both belong in the author's comments part of a story. In fact, writing these on the description often deters the reader. Saying 'read and review' not only pressurises the reader, but also is unnecessary and does not work anyway. If a reader clicks on the story, it's first and foremost pointless asking them to read it, (as what else would they be doing?) but asking people to review is ignored too. People review stories if they have something to say, not because they've been asked to. Whether it's to offer praise or critique or to ask a question, they'll review if they actually have something to say. You just can't force people into it.

In the Author's Comments part of the story, you can say what you'd like to be commented about, however. This gives people a reason to review, and several things to say. It's also a less blunt way to ask for reviews. As for warnings about a story, they also take up space in the summary box and can deter readers if not explained properly. If I were to click on your Good example of a summary when looking for something to read, I'd click because I want to find out what happens to Chloe- Does she have some kind of special power? I'd then stop in my tracks when I see the 'Mentions of rape' part. For all I know it could be circumstantial and different from what it makes me think originally, preserving the qualities of the story I'd hoped to read, but as it is I don't have a clue and I'd promptly move onto reading the next summary. Likewise, someone who clicks the story because they wanted to read something about rape might be expecting one thing when reading your story, then find out that it was a magical girl story, which wasn't what they wanted to read, and was what the other person had wanted to read but didn't because of the summary.

Your examples of 'Bad' and 'Ugly' summaries are essentially the same. Neither mention what the story is about and both say that they are bad at summaries. Actually, the 'Ugly' summary is slightly better than the 'Bad' because the Ugly lacks the part blaming the contents of the story on boredom. You don't have a clue what to expect with the Ugly, which makes it better than the bad because it doesn't imply that the story was written because someone had nothing better to do, and in a short time span, at that. I'd choose the ugly over the bad because it doesn't imply that the story sucks. The ugly example should be the one with bad spelling.

I agree with you wholeheartedly that people should not say they are bad at summaries in the summary, or write in shorthand and include spelling mistakes, but I don't know what possessed you to point out the mistakes at the bottom. The rest I can stomach, despite all I do not agree on, but pointing out such obvious mistakes? Please assume that your average reader possesses some sort of grain of intelligence, or else you're just insulting.

The rest of this guide was fairly decent. Please do not take this review the wrong way- I only aim to help.

-Brackets
Jaded Panic chapter 1 . 1/19/2008
Hi, you're pretty much awesome for writing this. Those chatspeak summaries are so aggravating, ha.

Great job on this; I hope more people see this and listen to it!
Creative Colors chapter 1 . 10/6/2007
This is acutely very helpful. It can be so hard to write a summary, it's defiantly my least favorite part. When I first started writing, writing a summary was the worst. Thankfully I've gotten better as time goes by. Love the essay great tips, especially for new authors.
provestraightyiff chapter 1 . 3/21/2007
My favorite part was the summary! :)
Kohlomere chapter 1 . 1/25/2007
Very good points and for the most part rather true. Now I have to throw in my two bits. Usually I will not click on a story with a list of reasons for rating. In fact, I would prefer it the reasons were at the top of the first chapter. Well, good job, E.
truelylostandfound chapter 1 . 6/14/2005
thank you. I think I will. very informitive. you sould be proud, your helping poor, idiotic people like me get better at summarys. sigh. i need to work on things. you are brillant. toodles

TwinMoon *the Moon sisters call*
DELETEMEPLEASEANDTHANKYOU chapter 1 . 4/29/2005
o, very clever and funny, i'll try to use it some other time
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