My name is Joseph and I have been writing for about nine years now in an attempt to be able to quit the day job and become a reclusive writer genius. Or just create interesting stories and let the world enjoy them. (probably a more realistic goal) I like reading sci-fi, fantasy, horror, military fiction, drama--um well in reality I am open to most things. I even read a Daniel Steel book once, cannot say I enjoyed it, but I did it for a girl I was going out with in high school. Ahh all for the love of a maiden. I like to write suspense and horror primarily, however I have a few sci-fi ideas also. I would like to write a fantasy without falling back to Tolkien tropes.
Anyway, I'm here to be part of a literary community. I don't know if it is a bad sign that whenever I get someone to read my story, I never hear back from them, or if I just give it to people that are very busy. I would just like to get some feedback sometime. And if it comes at the expense of helping fellow writers, even better.
What you wish for, Webdancer--feedback--fair caution, may be as much and more what you wish for.
Consider the "expense" of critique that a critiquer benefits more than a writer from the process, the covert purpose. Two key and parallel concepts inform critique: works for moi; doesn't work for moi. Like and dislike are personal sentiments. Works and doesn't work fo me are subjective positions about strengths and shortcomings, respectively.
Though usually couched in writing workshops as objective, works and doesn't work's foremost value is for the critiquer's draft writing, revision, and editing skills development benefits, thus personally objective, though perhaps personally subjective for the writer. If a writer benefits as well, that's a writing workshop bonus, strength, overt purpose.
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Welcome, oh dancer of the webs. We hope you enjoy your stay at the treehouse. Good to have you around. 9 years is quite a while to be writing, keep up the good work! Looking forward to reading some of it. Also, watch out for that extrinsic fellow, 'es a critiquing machine!
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