Welcome to Once’s Review Thread!
Before requesting, please carefully read through everything below, as it is all important information. Thank you!
In order for me to take your requests, familiarize yourself with the rules beforehand.
Only Request If You Want A Review: This topic was created to assist writers in improving their content, not just for someone to earn extra reads. Detailed reviews take effort to write, and it’ll delay how quickly everyone else receives their review(s) if you do so.
Be Polite: Disrespect will result in the removal of your story from the queue.
First Come, First Serve: To be as fair as possible, the story I read first is automatically from the writer who requested first.
Be Patient: In my free time, I review stories. However, my life doesn’t revolve around it, so, if you feel like it’s been too long, check the queue first before asking me when I’ll finish yours. Reminders to complete your review is welcomed.
Acknowledge You Have Read My Review: Many people have requested one day, and disappeared the next. To ensure the success of the topic, your first chapter will always be reviewed, but until you have acknowledged reading it, I will not continue you story. All you have to do is either ‘heart’ my post, tag me, or comment, and I’ll continuing reading chapters two and three.
(If you want me to take a closer look at other chapters beyond the first three, or to elaborate, feel free to PM me.)
Keep The Topic Clean: Don’t spam on here. If you have questions or comments that could apply to (almost) everyone, post it on here. Otherwise, PM me.
One or two warnings will be given if you break these rules, but if it’s happening constantly, you’ll be deleted from the queue.
My opinion and explanations for improvements will be divided into five parts.
Title, Cover Art, and Description: First impression is important. A title should relate to your story, and be unique too. Ask for opinions, or create a poll if you need help in brainstorming a title. Search the Episode app, and make sure yours isn’t the same as countless others, as it can become confusing. For your cover, try to make them eye-catching. If you haven’t already, I recommend you request from forum cover artists, who can be found in the “Art Resources” section. A story’s description plays a key role in who clicks on your story and who doesn’t too. Look over it, and ask yourself questions such as: Would I continue the story if I read this? Is this different? Does it capture the essence of the story?
Plot: A plot is one of the core pieces to every story. Is it attention-grabbing? Are there too many holes? I’ll also predict where I believe your plot is headed.
Characters: How are they designed? Do they stay consistent? Do they have different ‘voices’?
Directing, Choices, and Music/Sound: How well do you utilize Episode’s resources? How many choices do you have, and how impactful are they? How does your use of music and/or sound set the atmosphere, therefore improving your overall content? This includes spot directing, zooms, pans, and etc. If you need help with directing, look around the forums, as there’s many people available to help.
Overall: This sums up my final impression of your story.
Keep in mind that this is my perspective only. What I think may not always be what others think too. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and ultimately, this topic is to shed some light on what you could improve on. Don’t be discouraged, be motivated to improve.
I am still learning as a reviewer, as you are learning as a writer. Honest, constructive feedback will be offered, but if you are offended by what I wrote, or want to clear something up, PM me please. I will take the blame for anything offensive I might have wrote but privately, and in a civil manner.
Story Style (Classic, Ink, Limelight, Spotlight):
Number of Chapters:
Episode Story Link:
Any particular aspect you’d like me to look at?:
After I have accepted your request form, I will ‘heart’ your post, and add your username and story title to the queue. If I do not approve it, I will tag you, and explain why, so you can correct your format.
If you have more than one story you want me to review, or an unpublished story, request away! I can review the same story again, only after three weeks, and you have made a major change to at least one aspect of it.
“H & V: From Zero to Hero” by Dr.Smile (Chapter one)
“Choose?!!!” by ya (Chapter one)
Fantastical: Silhouettes by aprilish (Chapter one)
“From This Day Fowards” by goth.gaia (Chapter one)
“Girl of Deception” by IDONTKNOW (Chapter two)
“H & V: Taming him (CC)” by UnknownSnowflake (Chapter one)
“DEMIGODDESS” by Giselle Cresent (Chapter one)
“Publicity Problems” by Karlon Artis (Chapter two)
“Blind Starlight” by Chelsea Alexis
“Let the Demon Inside” by Nierido
That’s all for now. I look forwards to reviewing your stories, and working with you all. ^-^