|Reviews for The Things I Learned In Fiction Class|
| Seriah Black Sheep chapter 6 . 8/15/2013
I'm always wary of writing "said" too many times. It's one of those no-no's my English teachers pounded into me over the years. Good to know that I don't have to be so paranoid about that!
No plot-advancing dialogue, hm? That could be difficult in my story, since so much of the plot in my second volume revolves around social interaction. :/
| Seriah Black Sheep chapter 4 . 8/15/2013
Aha! An actual METHOD of avoiding cliches! Sadly, most of my cliches are used in places where I SHOULDN'T write an explanatory paragraph, because it would detract from the current happenings. I like some cliches, because of the visuals and connotations they bring to mind. But I've also been trying to invent new cliches out of current ones, using the vocabulary and life experience my characters as a template.
Character cliches are a pet peeve of mine though. DX I hope I'm doing an okay job of breaking them.
| Seriah Black Sheep chapter 1 . 8/15/2013
I found these pointers extremely helpful, so thank you! This is the kind of feedback I have been hoping for in the form of reviews on my story. Sadly, only a few readers have offered such criticism.
Thank you so much for the examples! It's so easy to be told to do something, without understanding the visual difference. I tend to be really detailed in weird places. This might help me be more consistent!
| brancan2 chapter 7 . 1/17/2013
you know what, i like you! you have great advice. Thanks for the guide!:)
| Dan Gregory chapter 7 . 12/29/2012
Thanks for the tips! I like your examples and how clearly you explain everything. The dialogue chapter did a lot of good to me, because I tend to use synonyms for the word "said" for no reason. It's a habit... But now I know I'm not supposed to something like that.
Keep your guides coming! I'd love to read more.
| PaRaDiSe iN RaRo chapter 7 . 5/15/2011
I can't log in right now, but I gotta... Thankyou for the tips, they're really useful.
| AZsweetheart chapter 6 . 12/9/2010
I absolutely love it when you write guides! there aren't any classes to help specifically with writing fiction at my school, so some of this is new to me, not to mention way helpful! this really helped me, and it made me want to whack myself whenever i saw something that made me think "Oh, I do that!"
| scripted chapter 1 . 5/22/2010
Thanks so much for writing this, Harmonic
So far it's really well formatted, clear and well written. Plus the examples are very helpful.
Thank you! :D
| Bittersweet Dreamer chapter 6 . 4/24/2010
I like this chapter, even though I know all of this already. Good examples!
| me chapter 6 . 4/18/2010
Huh. yup i'm gunna read your other guides . love your examples!
| Eternal Evanescence chapter 6 . 4/10/2010
I loved your examples. Especially that last one.
| tootsiegal chapter 6 . 3/23/2010
Omg, this is the best piece I have stumbled across in ages. This should be a precursor to every potential author on this site. I agree with every single line you wrote, and I am exactly the same when it comes to reading new stories. I will look ahead and read a bit of the dialogue or even the first few sentences. If the writing is poor, or extremely over the top, I move on.
So bravo for this amazing little piece. I am off to read some of your own works at the moment!
| xXPepper-chanXx chapter 6 . 2/28/2010
Thank you for sharing this with us. I really liked it, it has me think a lot about my works.I really like how you have examples of good and bad dialogues, but I think it would be better if you show an example of a bad dialogue and then show what a better dialogue the bad dialogue could become. You know what I'm saying right? I hope you do, if you don't, feel free to shoot me a message and I'll try to explain it better.
Again thanks for sharing and good job! _
| Sarsaparilla chapter 6 . 1/14/2010
Wow, I truly love this chapter. Especially the last excerpt (is it from one of your stories?) This is really inspirational - thanks!
| eaststar chapter 6 . 1/14/2010
I like how you deliver a lesson in a humorous way. You might want to use the same example for the last lesson(the one about the saids) because you used a totally different one so of course it's going to sound different!