|Reviews for How To Prevent Prejudgment of Your Story|
| Dead serious funnyness chapter 1 . 10/28/2008
Old Sam Garret, you are my new hero.
This essay, one of the better things Ihave read recently, is amazing. It tells you, without anything held back, exactly what needs to be avoided in a story.
the parts about "high fantasy" are extreemly amusing because, yes, I've seen that SO MANY EFFING TIMES. However, I was depressed to learn that teens with random powers are a cliche. *sigh* like 5 20 page storys of mine, out the window.
other than that, my most recent story will surely be modified so as to not be prejusged.
Finally, the one thing you need is FAR MORE! It was over too fast. We need more stuff on plot, charecter development, and other junk. Good work, I look foward to finding more awesome stuff from this author.
| Creative1014 chapter 1 . 9/30/2008
| GrannyP chapter 1 . 9/23/2008
Added to Written's C2 GrannyP will now read.
1. You description of Gladys was perfect. That was the exact image that came into my mind.
2. As for your cliches, you could have just put "vampires" and it would have satisfied my beliefs.
3. Yay! Show versus tell! Excellent point. Now... if only I were better at this... And I do appreciate your alliterations.
4. How can you not understand the talking goatee? Sheesh... obviously! (unfortunately for me, sarcasm does not translate well to written text)
5. Very good tips overall! Thanks for your advice!
| Written chapter 1 . 9/23/2008
I have a vague idea of who Cloud is, but no idea what he is like... but he sounds annoying? haha.
good guide you've got here. although it does make me nervous, because I find myself second guessing things in my stories. "is so-and-so too annoying?"
chances are, yes, so-and-so is.
I think that irritating characters is kind of a fine line. like, you dont want to read about the same, normal characters over and over, so some authors give their characters OBNOXIOUS flaws. the other thing that often happens is that they write mary sues without realizing it. it IS annoying, but then again, if the author is trying to give their character a flaw... well, at least they tried.
many writers succeed with a real, flawed character who is still not obnoxious. I can only hope to join their ranks one day! haha.
anyway, this was a fun read :) adding it to my community.
| Frozen.by.Sloth chapter 1 . 7/15/2008
I laughed trough a lot of this, and dude, I loved it.
Though I find that many things are a bit too limiting, it was amusing to read and witty. I don't agree with everything, and you could easily notice I don't hold to a few of this things (maybe the reason nobody actually reads what I write, lol) - but overall, I applaud.
The Cloud footnote won me over though. I don't think there was a better way to explain how many/you feel about him - and I actually like the guy but agree. (I'm blaming the hair, cause I really really ...lust after it, or somethin')
Btw, I really don't know how the weird stuff gets the cool covers, really freaks me out every time. Now I pick up the 'title over all' covers if randomly browsing for reasonably cheap stuff. :)
| loves him chapter 1 . 7/15/2008
Everyone who posts ANYTHING on fictionpress should first come and read this. Then, we'd all be saved from endless crap (unfortunately, I happen to be guilty of adding to that pile from time to time, teehee). But yes, thank you for posting this. Eurghh, you've totally got the cliche part down. Sometimes, there are cliches that (no matter how well you write them) just suck. Period. Thank you for pointing that out. There can only be one Harry Potter, so get over it. Rowling's already done it and unless you happen to be British, blonde, have a kid and are unable to pay your rent, seriously, just get over it.
Forgive me for my rant. Point of review: I really liked this. Onto my favorites list it goes. (:
| roleingtoplay chapter 1 . 7/10/2008
Excellent piece. I almost wish you could expand it a little more. I agree with you that Cloud is very annoying.
I enjoy your style of writing; very personal and funny, without being too stupid.
| ByYourSide chapter 1 . 5/27/2008
Very well-thought. I'll have to read it really closely later but so far, me likes.
| Thaddeus Grey chapter 1 . 5/8/2008
Absolutely brilliant! This is actually a bit helpful to me, what with having issues with beginnings that I do and all.
And I'm sorry I don't know who Rod Serling is. Can we still be friends? :)
| co525 chapter 1 . 4/26/2008
XD you have good points in there. I agree with most of them. It gets annoying when so many people do these things, and nobody likes it. However ,I'm not totally opposed to the annoying characters. Usually they're good because you end up killing them half of the time, and sometimes they can put your character in a situation that adds more to him/her. Very funny! Great job!
| SaintZero182 chapter 1 . 3/30/2008
I have to say, this was great!I sorta like CLoud, and then I don't. Yes, he is emo.
| Andrea Lotte chapter 1 . 3/29/2008
Hahahaha, some of it made me giggle. And some of the things you've written I totally agree with. However, (and this is just my opinion!) I think a truly good writer could make something amazing out of a cliche. Of course...there are a couple on your list that I agree completely with...some of them are unforgiveable. BUT...a couple, I think, are pretty important cliches.
Anyway, it was an entertaining and informative read. Good job.
| A Free Elf chapter 1 . 3/28/2008
Great guide: very concise and with some good points.
However, I think 'lukewarm porn' are perhaps the most creepy two words I have ever read xD
Next time just put 'soft'.
| derisive snort chapter 1 . 3/27/2008
Nice piece, but I think its more of a list than an essay.
Also I have to disagree with you on some points.
About names, using common names make sense to me because, well they're common, so a mottly group of modern day Americans might well have a Jessica or a Joe. As far as Japanese/foreign names there are many Japanese and Japanese heritage people outside of Japan. I know a few people with Japanese names right here inmy lil old home town.
though for me connecting with a character is the quickest way to get me hooked on a story, there are plenty of great stories about people who are obnoxious, stupid,violent, or otherwise frustraiting. sometimes that's the point. Having charactes that are the perfect human being and do who are the kind of person everyone loves and do everything right can be more annoying to me that a solid character with anger issues.
so thats what I think, it's all my opinion and all that jazz.
| Salkiethia chapter 1 . 3/27/2008
Nice guide! There were a few points I've heard before, a few that were new and some that just need to be reinforced into my brain. Now if only we could make reading this a requirement for posting of fictionpress...