Wait. I have to critique other people’s writing before I can get my work critiqued? What madness is this? Scribophile’s karma system is anything but mad, it’s exceedingly clever and I wish I had thought of it first.

Uploading chapters to Scribophile

The first chapter of the first draft of my book went up extremely easily onto Scribophile's servers and was shot down just as quickly. My job as a Designer had prepared me for failure, as much as it had for iterating on constructive criticism, but by the dead I was not expecting the barrage of negativity that poured in.

A little context then: I had originally been working with an author at the very beginning of my writing life, and she was quite helpful, but she was used to being published, which meant she wrote a draft and sent it off. This, I've since learned, is unusual. First drafts are often rubbish even from the best writers. However, comfortable as I was beneath her wing I took it as lore that once I hit the end of Chapter 3 (seriously) that I would be able to send out my work to agents and the like. [...] Read full article

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To the uninitiated the web can be like a demon, long nails, rubber teeth… No wait. That’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer demon. A real demon is an entity you do not know how to work with, it sucks the life out of you and before you know it your soul is gone and…Too far. The demon analogy sucks. You’re here because you want to know what the hell the web is all about.

Researching a novel is as important as writing one, but how do you keep track of your notes? And don’t say Microsoft Word. No. We need something that can format the data into something cohesive and searchable, and I just so happened to be using a little service called Evernote…

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