Stuck in my Craw

Stuck in my Craw

A Story by barleygirl
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just a little rant . . .

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I’m a hard-working reviewer, so I feel justified ranting about things I see so often while reviewing. I try to be gentle, but this is stuck in my craw . . . I must cough it out before I get nasty. (I apologize for reaching “b***h” a few times). I patiently write out the same suggestions day after day. Please make some effort to craft your writing before squandering my time on this same basic stuff. Honor your readers' time.

  1. Those who boast about being a big deal in their profile. Often I read a few pieces, quickly revealing such a writer is more about seeking fame and fortune than truly immersing oneself in the craft of writing. First rule of writing: SHOW don’t tell. Better to show through your writing that accolades are deserved, instead of bragging in one’s self-description.

  2. Writers who post two or three pieces then solicit many reviewers via friend request, read request, and messaging. Such folks appear to be about popularity and praise instead of spending the time to become good writers. Such obvious instant gratification feels offensive to those of us who spend the time it takes to hone our craft over the years, while reading and encouraging others (which helps improve our own writing).

  3. Those who post a book (minimal chapters) when they can’t write a comprehensible paragraph. It shows a severe disconnect between lofty goals and actual proficiency. Try practicing on a bite-sized chunk of writing until it sings instead of blathering on for multiple pages toward some imagined masterpiece very few will ever plow through. It's impossible to review a long piece that's haphazard and messy.

  4. Writers who brag in author’s notes about not editing anything . . . then get bristly at the most polite suggestions. Very occasionally we do get brilliant stream-of-consciousness gifts that require little editing. But most of these self-absorbed spiels need significant pruning and word crafting, even if the initial version is pretty good. Don’t cheat yourself by rushing out a fresh creation without coaxing it to the fullest impact and artistry.

  5. Those who write the same message over and over (often it’s “love”) using slightly different words or structure. Get out into the world and observe the billions of aspects of life, waiting to be written about. For those chronically bleak writers, get outside your self-absorbed thoughts and routinely put yourself in other people’s shoes. It’s impossible to develop a wide variety of multi-layered characters from a narrow point of view.

  6. Writers who rely on common words so over-used that no meaning, no originality, no imagery is conveyed. “Beauty” and “beautiful” . . . the flattest, most meaningless words ever. Dig deep for original details to show us what this looks like instead of being lazy and relying on these simple over-used words. Reach beyond the primary colors of red roses, blue skies, and yellow sun (ho hum!) Find colors that convey more of the senses, such as lemongrass, lavender, and sage.

  7. Those creating one-dimensional characters based on mostly appearance. How boring the Kardashians are, with so much beauty and bling! Real compelling characters are both likeable and disagreeable, just as we are. Memorable writing shows the quirks, weaknesses, and awkwardness of real people living authentic lives. If I read about another pair of physically beautiful specimens making exquisite perfectly-timed love, I think I might barf.

There’s more stuck in my craw, but people can only absorb a limited number of listed items like this. Telephone numbers are seven digits because research shows that people forget anything after that. So when writing a list of points, stop at or before seven.





© 2016 barleygirl



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barleygirl
Thank you for taking my suggestions to heart, if the message applies.

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Thank goodness someone has brought this into the open.
I enjoy reading short stories that get to the point and poems that don't require a kaleidosope of a mind to detect the pattern. So often I get requests to "befriend" , but find their work is incomprehensible. Regrettably,I have to decline, as I could never give a meaningful response to their work. I feel that writing successfully depends on communicating with your. reader.
So more power to your pen ,Margie. You have proved this in your diverse, but, understandable styles.
N.






Posted 10 Months Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

I oscillate between reading & reviewing only the clear pieces by safe writers . . . and lately I've .. read more



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This one is a very strong write and new writers like me can learn a lot from it :-)
Kudos to you for putting forward these points through your write. Honest and transparent reviews are always better than the superficial ones. I just loved these 7 points and I am gonna take them into a note.
PS : Most overused words are indeed beautiful and very beautiful.I too use them while giving reviews ;)

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

9 Months Ago

I sometimes have to delete "very" from my reviews, as it will crop up too much! But this isn't about.. read more
I agree! And feel free to point out anything in my writing, I won't get "bristly" :)

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

Thank you for your good-hearted response! I smiled at your "bristly" remark! *wink! wink!*
Well done Moses! Your ten commandments should be our rod and our staff. As you know I have been in the promised land for some time now and i still haven't a bloody clue what's going on - for all I know WC is run by the CIA to draw out subversives. WC is open to all and so it should be expected that 'all sorts' will bring their work to it. Part of the problem is that it is very difficult to judge your own worth as a writer and the lazy habit here of lavishing praise on mediocrity doesn't encourage personal development. Personally I will be quite brutal to the deluded meglomaniacs that seem to be attracted to this place but encouraging to those beginning writers who need nurturing. I agree with all your well made points and have often felt like a good rant myself as i have clicked on yet another bland bit of writing.
I hope you don't get too het up on this. I think there's a lot of interesting psychology going on in this website!
Cheers,
Alan

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

I love what you say about megalomaniacs vs earnest writers welcoming help. There are clues that tell.. read more
7 sins eloquently presented. There are many more of course, but such behaviour is not limited to poets, and it's not going to get any better in this soundbite, increasingly narcissistic world.
KNow what I dislike most, the morons who post utterly inane comment on social media sites. 'Oohh, look at me, I had strawberry jam on my breakfast toast today instead of marmalade,'

Wish the toast would stick in their craws!

Beccy.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

What you're saying here deserves a write of its own! That whole soundbyte way of interacting anymore.. read more
[send message][befriend] Subscribe
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Thank you for writing this truth.
I get lots of RR and I didn't know you could turn them off until recently...I used to read through all of them and try my best to say something...lol then it used to piss me off because it was draining...lol.
Oh now I'm worried, I use the word 'beautiful' quite often...haha but that's what I actually mean ; ) I'm an awful reviewer and I know it.
You're awesome BG and so good for my own slow progress ; ) hugs Starz x

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

I think overall that your word choices are always unusual & original. I use "beauty" & "sweet" often.. read more
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10 Months Ago

You're so cool!
Something that really annoys me is when writers do not make it clear what to focus on. Some writers just like to express themselves on here and that's fine, but if no one tells me that's all they want to do, then I'm going to review as I always do, which is blunt and honest. Another thing is when I say I'm confused about something and then the writer gets defensive and tells me I can't tell them how to express themselves. I get perplexed because I don't tell anyone how to express themselves, but if something is unclear, it's just unclear.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

If I didn't understand a piece of writing, I used to just click off it & continue elsewhere. But fee.. read more
just like a punch in the gut! a word for the wise, huh? I could echo many of the other reviewers but I'll say this, it's better to have you as a friend.
love it, Marge.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

Better to have me as a friend, especially if your breath is like roadkill! *heh! heh! heh!* Thanks f.. read more
There is a huge smile on my face. You said eloquently and elegantly what so many of us think every day on WC. Thank you, Margie! I was out of town so I did not see a lot of what was going on for a couple weeks. I will catch up as I can. Lydi**

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

I've read similar rants, but usually the writer is too sick and tired, so the anger drowns out the m.. read more
This is an awesome list. It would be something I would want to print out and hang on my wall. I agree with all the entries. Things all writers need to be mindful of. I definitely agree that reviewing is beneficial for both the writer and reader, as far as improving goes.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

10 Months Ago

Thank you for your vote of confidence. Hopefully I'm not breaking too many rules as I preach it! *wi.. read more
Oh, can I add that I hate damned generic love poems and break-up poems too. Unless they're about dogs...dogs are fine.

Posted 10 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Tony Jordan

10 Months Ago

excuse me - too funny James - and I agree about dog break up poems - lmao
James

10 Months Ago

yea, them too.
barleygirl

10 Months Ago

Hilarious! Nothing worse than twenty "love" poems in a row by someone who evidently doesn't realize .. read more

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