I made this account purely for reviewing purposes. And favorite-ing and story alert-ing. :)
I'll probably post a story though when I get around to finishing any. I don't want to lose interest half-way and stop mid-way through writing something.
I hate when people put down their ability to write a story or a summary in their summary. It's better to at least attempt summarizing it in the few lines you're given, rather than wasting it on something inane like 'best story ever! lol just read lol r&r!' And also, including in your summary something similar to 'come on, give it a shot. just read it' will not actually induce me to 'give your story a shot'. It rather puts me off, actually.
And, oh jeez, it's so distracting to see chat-speak anywhere. In summaries, and especially in stories. Get a beta reader if you can't spell check it yourself or if you just want a second opinion.
Seriously, use wisely the few characters you're given to summarize the story you have slaved over and are now probably wanting some sort of acknowledgments for, yeah? Don't hate; I know the feeling.
I will automatically stop reading a story or summary that is so obviously not proofread, contains mistakes all over, and/or uses chat-speak.
I am a grammar nazi. If you write a story, please have it proofread. More than once, preferably, because things can be missed. Typos, especially obvious ones, and other grammatical errors are other deterring factors for me and, I'm sure, many other readers out there. I think they're very distracting, and it makes it quite difficult to focus on the actual story, as I usually end up only noticing the typos.
Oxford commas are my best friends. Things just look so much better when they're in use. I learn to deal with it though, when I notice they're missing, precisely because they are oxford commas.
(Just to be clear, these are all my own opinions, although I'm pretty sure it's common sense to proofread and follow proper format when you put up your stories here.)
Sorry if I sound like a snob or a jerk. I'm not lying, I can be one, as I'm sure everyone can, but... oh, what the heck, it's just who I am sometimes. And I'm just incredibly picky about grammar and spelling and punctuation and all that. Once again, grammar nazi. Phrase not to be taken lightly. I've always been one, but it got even worse in English class when we had to study this little book that was pretty much a Guide to Being a Successful Grammar Nazi. It made me even more obsessed. (I love people who get their, they're, and there correctly. And you're and your. And definitely and defiantly. Don't know where that one comes from.) Although I know I'm not perfect, so I'm sure I have some mistakes too. I'm not so high-and-mighty as to think I'm immune.
'The one thing that doesn't abide my majority rule is a person's conscience.' -Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird
'In true love, you want the other person's good. In false love, you want the other person.' - Paulo Coelho