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Here's a brief FAQ on what I want to do and why:So wait. You're going to revise the first chapters AGAIN?
The first several chapters of the story need heavy revision, no doubt about it. I don't think it's uncommon for a story this huge to go through several drafts before it's polished. In my case, I just made the mistake of posting the drafts before they were finished. XD So yes, I want to revise the story. I think chapters 1-3 need complete rewrites, chapters 4-5 and 7 need moderate fixing, and chapters 6 and the first part of 8 need more minor fixin's. Any future chapters...well, not sure yet. XDWhat do you need me for?
Well, I only want to post this story ONE MORE TIME and be done with it. The more advice I can get on how to fix the existing chapters and how to improve the in process chapters before they get posted will be invaluable. So, if you agree to give me advice, you get to read the new chapters before anyone else.I get advance reading of the new chapters?! Sign me up!
Wait, not so fast! ^_^ There is, of course, a catch. And that is that you have to give honest, brutal crit of the existing chapters and of the new chapters when I post them. Meaning, this isn't a place for people to just come and preread the chapters. The community would be closed to the public, and the only people allowed to read the entires will be people who give me crit.But I thought you already have a beta?
I do, and she's beyond phenomenal! But the more opinions I can get will only help me to consider more options and more ideas. ^_^So...how much do I have to write about each chapter/chapter section?
Not a dissertation or anything. I expect anyone who joins to tell me what they liked and why, and what they didn't like and why. I don't want a full blown beta, but I do want a decently sized comment telling me what worked and what didn't and why, and possibly be willing to have a conversation with me about how to fix it. As for length...considering that every post is maxed at 8,000 words, I'd say at least several paragraphs per post.You mean I have to write several paragraphs on every single post?
Yes, every post. However, I'm not planning to post anything publicly until the story is finished entirely, so you can take your time with commenting. My goal is to have the fic finished by October 31 so I can spend NaNoWriMo 2008 on the sequel, Legacy
. So as long as you comment before I post the chapter, you're good. ^^How brutal do you want the crit to be? You do tend to get a bit defensive...
I know I have gotten defensive in the past, and I do apologize. This story is my baby and I put a lot of myself into it. All I can say is that in this instance, I'm asking for crit and I will take it as a compliment that you're giving it to help me. ^_^ As for how brutal...be honest! Brutal is fine. But...do toss me a bone once in awhile about something that was good, please? ~_^ I would also ask that you not get offended if I choose not to take your advice in some areas. It's not that I don't appreciate it, but it's my story and I need to be happy with it, an some people just have different preferences.I want to help, but I don't exactly have a ton of time. How quickly are you wanting feedback?
Like I said above, take your time. I'll post reminders before I need the feedback, but I don't expect that you'll have less than several months to go back and comment. I'll just ask for your word that you'll get to it eventually.English isn't my first language, but I want to join. Can I?
Absolutely! I'm not only looking for spelling and grammar help ('cause I'm pretty darn good at those things anyway), but characterization and wording and plot. Any advice you give will be valued and appreciated. <3I didn't read Of Age before you took it down from the internet. Can I join?
Sure! As long as you're willing to give honest crit.How long is the story, anyway?
I so far posted 7 chapters out of 12, but the chapters get way longer as the story goes on. I'd say what's posted so far is about 130,000 words. I'm thinking the total word count will be about 250,000.Geez, that's long. How often are you going to post?
Well, for the existing chapters, I'll probably do one post per week. Most of the chapters don't fit on one post, so you'd have max 8,000 words per week in the beginning. Though, again, you can take your time. For the rest of the chapters not yet finished, I'll post less frequently, as I get them done. It might be quick, it might be slow. But as I said, you have literally months to respond. ^_^Am I going to get spoiled for the ending?
Nope. You'll be seeing the chapters early, but the events will all be in order and you won't be spoiled. If you WANT to be spoiled...as a thank you for helping me, I'll give you spoilers. ^_^What if I read a chapter or section and I have nothing to crit? Is that okay?
If you read something and can find nothing to improve, I'll probably think you're insane, but it's fine. XD But I would expect you to, in that case, tell me what you thought was good and specifically why so I can learn from it. A comment such as "Great chapter! I see nothing to improve!" is not allowed. Also, if you NEVER have any criticism...well, we may have a problem, because the point of this is for me to improve the story, not to get praise.I read all this and I think I can help you. What do I do?
If you're interested, please comment here. If I get any interest at all, I'll create the community and post here letting people know it's done. Membership will be moderated so when you join I'll have to approve you, which I will do if you've commented on this post. ^_^ Then you'll have my undying gratitude and you'll basically own me: any favor you want, it's yours! And then I'll start posting with chapter one.I have a friend who's not on your flist that may be interested.
Great! I'll make a public post on the new community telling anyone all the information, and they can comment there if they're interested. <3When will I get to start reading new material?!
Hopefully not long. I've gotten quite a bit done on the rest of chapter 8, and even chapter 9! But I am, as always, at the mercy of the fickle Muses. We shall see.
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