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Of Reviews and Knowledge – Part 2

This article is subjective based on my own experience and thinking. It's fine if you think differently.


In the previous part, I proposed this question: what to ask people to get reviews?


Instead of answering this from the beginning, I'm going to propose you another question: how can you reach a point where you don't need to ask for reviews anymore?


Maybe you read this question and you think, that reviews are an important part of the life of any artist, they are necessary, it's not possible to reach a point where you don't need to ask, you'll always have to ask.


Well, let's think a bit about it. Imagine that you are a 60 years old person, you have seen a lot in your life and you have read so many books in all these years, you have done a lot of research, you have even interviewed other people over the years to tell a great story. And then, for some reason, you ask for reviews, and you get reviews from teenagers saying that your story is bad.


Does that mean that the story is bad? What was explained in this case is a person with a lot of knowledge gets opinions from people with less knowledge. In this example, you can see how useless the reviews were.


It's not a matter of feeling that you are superior because you are older or because you did more research. It's a matter of knowing what you are doing. If you are crafting a story with so much dedication and people who don't have a clue of what you are doing to write this story start saying criticism based on things they don't know, this is not useful.


So let's go back to the first question. What to ask people to get reviews? The answer can be as simple as “tell me your impressions” to something specific. When “tell me your impressions”, you must know how to select what reviews are clearly useful and what is not. Maybe you think or feel that your writing misses something or could be improved by something but no matter what, you just can't find the solution. Maybe a review from someone who likes this style can help. But for this to happen, the author must feel that there is something wrong in the text, something hard to detect, and only people with enough experience reading this kind of text can attempt to see it. That's why I said that asking for “tell me your impressions” can be more useful than anything else.


Just to end, I just want to say these thoughts have come with the passing of time, and don't take them too harshly. It's very liberating when you think that everything is subjective and you don't need to like everybody. My attempt with these articles is not to make you think like me. I just want to give you something to think about, and whether you reach the same conclusions as me or not, that's another matter. Just think. If you want reviews, ask the correct questions, for that might give you the correct answers. But remember, “correct” is subjective. So, the reviews you get are also subjective. Always remember this, and you'll know when you ask for reviews, what to ask for reviews, what reviews are useful for you, and how you can let useful reviews to people.


I dearly hope these articles made you think and you have a nice time reading them. Wish you the best with your writing!

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Of reviews and knowledge Part 1

This article is subjective based on my own experience and thinking. It's fine if you think differently.


Reviews. Something every person who writes has wanted at some point in his or her career. Reviews to see if the piece of text they have written is good enough, to see if they can earn the public and, who knows, maybe get famous, well known, and have success.

But there is something that people seem to forget when asking for a review. And I say this also to the myself-of-the-past. Reviews are subjective. Yes, just like this text that you are reading right now.

But, can you ask for an objective review? Most likely no. Because the commentary that is let in a review is how that person perceives the piece of text. And that text can be good for someone and bad for others. And there are countless examples I could name but I promise I'll stick to a few.

Certainly, if you ask for a review about a text that tells a science fiction story to a person who dislikes science fiction, he's most likely to say that it's bad. If you ask for a review from a person who only likes fast pacing writing and your text looks like the Illiad, he will certainly say that it's bad. If you ask for a review from a person who can't stand theatre and your text looks like Shakespeare, it's going to say that it's bad. Even if there are certain individuals who can see the quality in a text of a genre or style that they don't particularly like, this is not very useful at all.

Let's talk about grammar and orthography. Maybe you can think that this topic is certainly objective because it cannot be subjective the fact or “writing badly”. It cannot be acceptable. Well, in this I might agree, but there are some exceptions. Until very recently, I thought that writing adjectives after nouns in English were incorrect until I read La Morte d'Artur, where I read many times about the Table Round. Is this wrong? If it is, then the whole book is bad writing. But it's not. It's poetry.

So well, yes, it's objective if you read a text and it's so poorly written that you can't even understand, but not because of things like the previous example, but because of incorrect use of words or bad formatting. But I think any person who writes seriously would take care of these things because it's very basic.


So the final question is, why should you ask for a review, and if you do, what should be the questions you ask about it? That's actually very hard to answer. In my opinion, I came to the conclusion that most reviews are useless. And I don't mean just beta-reader reviews, but also reviews left on websites. But at the same time, this might be because people don't ask the correct questions and also people don't answer the correct questions, or answer correctly. For example, why should someone who dislikes slow-paced fantasy say that a slow-paced fantasy book is bad because whatever? For a review to be useful, it must be directed to the people who enjoy that kind of story. Don't take seriously the review of your love story that comes from a person who doesn't like reading love stories. The stories should make people feel, but that doesn't mean that they must make all people feel. You might feel crime books, and others might feel horror. It's a matter of preferences. It's subjective. Just like reviews.

If you want to do a review, always think about the kind of people who can enjoy these stories. The most useful reviews I've read are when they say “if you are looking for a fantasy story, this is very good” or “if you are looking for a faithful adaptation, this is very bad”. Because yes, reviews are not only about books. Also films, paintings, sculptures... art. Think about the people who can enjoy that particular piece of art, and that's how to make a great review.


And what to ask people to get reviews? Well, that will be content for the second part of this post coming soon.


Article by: Anamura.

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How to write a dream scene in your story

Throughout history, the subject of dreams has caused fascination and mystery. Their meaning has generated drastic changes and decision-making in ancient kings and even deities, which has increased its importance in the actual world.


Even in psychology, the subject of dreams is interpreted as the way in which our unconscious dares to manifest itself in different ways.


According to scientific research, human beings dream between three or four times every night, although sometimes we do not remember it. Dreams rarely follow laws of reason or logic, for skeptics they make no sense, however, for the credulous it is possible that, when trying to interpret them, some of them may evoke fears, routine anecdotes, hidden desires or mysteries that are blend in with reality.


Dreams are important in everyday life, How many times have you not heard yourself telling someone about your dream last night? How many times have you not heard someone's wild dream? How many times has a chilling nightmare made you wake up and have you been looking for some meaning?


If real people dream, why don't we let the protagonists of our story do it too? If they do so in the plot, there are fundamental aspects to consider in order to include dream scenes within the story, the correct way, it is characterized in that any aspect to be included helps to advance the story.


The problem can arise when, during the storytelling process, we force the reader to see it as something real, and a dream generally is not. However, if the dream of our protagonist exists for a reason, you will be able to make it. To achieve this, you must take into account several notable factors:


  • The dream must be realistic and must follow the principles of a dream. A dream can be ambiguous and fanciful, but be careful not to go over the edge.


  • Think very well about what will happen in the dream, how important it is for the story and for the character; ask yourself if it helps you move forward.


  • Remember that every dream has a duration and don't forget "the after": What happens when the character wakes up?


  • Plan the continuity, how will the character react upon waking up?


  • Also think about how to distinguish the scene of the dream from the real story, this will help the reader a lot so that he can understand it and not get lost or feel disappointed.


Article written by: Lia Obregón.

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Writing formats

You have decided to write a novel, haven't you? You have already thought about the plot, you may have planned the pace of the plot, or you may have already decided how the story will unfold. We could say that you are ready or ready to start the writing process, but suddenly a terrible doubt arises and it turns out that it has been one of the most crucial for your creative process. What is the right writing format that I should use?


What is a writing format?

Although it is not a very unified expression, we call this the different formats that can be included in a work. Keep in mind that we are not talking about first, second or third person narration, since these are narrative formats and times. To be exact, we will refer in this post to the two styles that have become popular in recent years at the time of writing online. These are the script format and the traditional narrative format.


Script format

The Script format, or theater script, is a format that has been widely popularized for the supposed simplicity it represents at the time of writing. However, it is not mentioned that it is that "easy" because it limits a large percentage of the narrative in a text. Let's take the following scene as an example.


Gabriel: (arriving at the park) Today is a good day (takes Lisa by the hand)

Lisa: (removes her hand) It's very hot, I don't like it.


Can you notice the problems in the above text? As you may have noticed, the narration is sparse. How is the landscape? Did you also get confused with the action of holding the girl's hand? Although the script format is presented to us as an easy format to use, and there are those who even recommend it for beginners, it should not be used.


The reason why it is so little descriptive is because this format is intended for theatrical and cinematographic representations, serving as a free guide for the actors when interpreting them. The actors need to remember only what is vital in the scene in order to bring it to life, learning only the dialogues and using the actions as an interpretive resource, since they quickly indicate the way they should act, where to look, how to feel. It is very useful for them, but for the reader it is limiting.


Narrative or traditional format

It is the way of structuring dialogues that we are all used to when picking up a book. It is known for describing the scenarios in detail, as well as narrating the actions and feelings of the characters in a more descriptive way and therefore easy to imagine. Do you remember the previous example? Why don't we write it in the narrative format?


Gabriel and Lisa went out to the park. The sun was at its zenith, and the birds flew from tree to tree. The wind was blowing slightly, making it somewhat refreshing.


"It's a nice day today," Gabriel mentioned as he stealthily directed his hand towards her companion who, feeling the slightest touch from her, pulled it away in a somewhat awkward way.

"It's very hot, I don't like it," Lisa replied, having removed his hand from her as she wiped away the sweat.


Just look at how many lines it took us to write the previous text, compared to the one we did in script format. Can you tell the differences? To begin with, in the last example we have given a very detailed description of the environment in which our characters find themselves. We have also delved further into the physical actions of the two protagonists, while showing the feelings they face with an attempt to hold hands.


As we have seen with these simple examples, we noticed that the script format really hinders our narrative instead of making it easier to read, the only thing it achieves is to confuse or even hinder the imaginative capacity when reading. Unless your intention is to make a theater script to be performed, it is not recommended to use this format as it can be even annoying for your audience.


I hope this blog post will help you when writing your story, as I emphasize the importance of the layout of the chapter to be published, so that it is friendly to the eye and does not generate later confusion, since it is the the way you present yourself to your readers, and details like this can make your future audience stay or go, no matter how much potential your story has.


As a last tip, speaking of structure and narrative, I also remind you to avoid using emoticons or kaomojis to avoid narrative. It's unprofessional and very informal, and it's also a reason for readers to skim over your story. Personally, it is one of the reasons why sometimes I pass by many stories that caught me in synopses, because the same thing happens with the script format, they eat up the narrative and take away the depth of the story . It is not the same "she blushed slightly as she lowered her gaze" to simply writing a "uwu".


See you in the next post, until next time.

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