Hello, Episode community!
Considering that many of us have several issues with several stories in Episode, I thought with the help of @amberose we could all discuss how to improve on our stories.
How can we do that?
By observing the mistakes made by others so that we could avoid them.
How do we observe these so-called mistakes?
Well, that’s where I come in! You can apply below to have your story reviewed by me, and I’ll say my piece of advice and open it up to the community on their opinions as well. I don’t have to be the only one reviewing your story, but if no one else wants to comment then that’s fine!
YOU CAN JOIN IN ON THE FUN, TOO!
Yes, this is optional. You can always just scroll through the thread for the advice!
Have you ever been bored and need new stories to read?
Do you enjoy helping others with their writing skills?
Well, maybe reviewing stories is the job for you!
You can choose a submitted story to review, your choice! Reply to the author’s submission form or tag the author so that they can read your review!
You don’t have to read the entire story unless you really enjoy it. 2-3 episodes should be good enough to form a solid opinion on it.
If you choose to talk about a story, please mention the author’s name and story title so that we know which story you’re talking about.
Here is a basic form that a community member can fill out when reviewing a story:
- What can this author improve on regarding dialogue?
- Rating of the story out of -10/10. Explain your reason.
- If the author is writing about triggering topics such as mental illness, abuse, or other topics. What could they have improved on? Are they properly discussing this issue? If inapplicable, just write N/A below.
- Overall, what was your impression from the story from the cover and description alone? Would you have read it if it wasn’t for the thread? Would you continue to read the story? Why or why not?
- Cliche rating! Does this story have cliches? How many could you spot? Do they work well with the plot or is it too much?
- Are the characters flat and boring? Explain.
- Praise! Every author needs a little bit of encouragement. What did you find likable about the story, the characters?
What would you like us to focus on?
First off, I highly recommend looking at Cookie’s Tips and Tricks thread! Her advice is spectacular and I enjoy looking through every so often. Not gonna lie, she’s inspired me to make this. Thanks, Cookie!
Secondly, some of these tips are based on my own opinions! You may not agree with everything I’m going to say.
- Adding in “diversity, POC” into your description is not going to give you brownie points for being inclusive or diverse. Most stories I’ve seen with this in the description have very bland, one-dimensional POC characters who are POC just to be POC. No seasoning, no flavor, nothing. You may think of diversity as skin color, but diversity isn’t only race. It can also relate to flaws, mental and physical disabilities, personality, and more. Now, I’m not advocating for authors to put in disabilities and mental illnesses to “spice up” their stories, but I want more people to realize that diversity is more than just skin-deep. Try creating complex backgrounds for your main characters! I assure you, your story is always getting better.
- Outlining your plot. I made a mistake on this for Echo Creek. Now, I know better. Outlining your stories, characters’ personalities and backstories, and worldbuilding make a huge difference. People will notice the extra effort you put into your world! This is optional, but it’s something I enjoy to do nowadays. Makes my stories spicy.
- I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this problem in Episode stories… so much that I personally don’t read many Episode stories anymore. The lack of sensitivity for difficult topics, such as abuse, sexual assault, and just generally traumatizing subjects amazes me. Honestly, amazing. Please do your research if you decide to write a story based on any of these topics, or if you plan on writing a character going through these types of personal struggles. Do research on research and do it again. Have beta-readers read over your story and see if you approached the issue correctly.
ADDING MORE ADVICE AT A LATER TIME.
Author's Side Note
Yes, I have written 1/3 of a story and then stopped because of some of these issues. I do plan on continuing Echo Creek if anyone’s curious. I don’t like how it turned out and I think it’s cringy so I’m revamping it.
Am I working on other stories? Why, yes, thanks for asking. I am. So thanks for willingly asking me that. Totally didn’t just add this in just to say I’m writing a new story.
I’m constantly improving as well, so please, don’t think of me as a pretentious jerk when I give out my reviews. It’s all for the common good in the end! Better writers, happier community members.
STORIES TO BE REVIEWED
- She Knows Best by @BEEBS07
- The Key Holder by @Goji
- Blind to Blood by @Uglygh0stt
- Motherly by @Drama_club25
- I made the devil cry by @Vendula
- Ring Of Life by @Emma_episode_03
- The Precarious Betrayal by @Queen20
- A Different Path by @alwaysauthor
- Breaking Boundaries by @Faith.episode.cats
- Queer: Daisy by @Bertha
- Striving for my Happy Ending by @mitsuki.writes
- 1 Million Dares by @Carnahae
- The Interview by @Hazeo
PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED STORIES
- @Samii - Undercover Hunter
- @Fettuccine - Viral
- @Bertha - Between me and the sea
- Snapshot by @Phoenix_11037
- This is a thread on what we as authors can do to improve on our writing, coding, spot directing, dialogue, and more. This is NOT a place to speak down upon others’ writing. This is a place of upliftment. No matter how poor or good your writing is, you can always improve!
- Don’t make snide comments on other’s writing. Again, this is a place to help people improve. Some will be better than others. Some will be…worse than others. As long as you enjoy what you do, it’s all Gucci.
- Don’t go off-topic. That’s just annoying and distracting from the purpose of the thread.
- This is not some R4R. DO NOT DO THAT HERE THERE ARE THREADS FOR THAT.
- When applying to have me “review” a story, do NOT submit other people’s work. I repeat, do NOT submit other people’s work! Now, if you’d like us to discuss a featured Episode story, we can all vote on which one we’d all like to talk about.
- If you do not agree with my tips, tricks, advice, etc. Do not try and start up some petty little argument. It will not last. We can always respectfully disagree and still enjoy each other’s company.
- Constructive criticism is a YES! As an author, you’ll get people who love reading your work or hate seeing it. No matter what, you’ll get criticism from both sides. Whether it’s constructive or not. So it’s best to get help here! From your friendly, neighborhood Jade.
– SIDE NOTE: Don’t get angry when I try to help you out. I’ve noticed a lot of Episode authors cannot handle some slight criticism. If you ask for help, don’t get upset when it’s not all praise. Trust me, I’ll find something wrong. No matter how good your story is, there’s always room for improvement.
Overall, this thread is for everyone to benefit from and continue to improve as writers. Have fun discussing!