Creative input

Creative input

LilyLust LilyLust
I think I can seriously do better in my reviews. I was wondering if you wonderful people could give me some creative input. So I can write better more informative reviews.

Don't be afraid to be honest, I'm a big girl and can take it. I want to write good...great reviews, and I know I'm not there yet.

Thanks
03/27/2009
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ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
Hmm...brave. lol. Good idea, though. I know I could do better on my reviews, too. I'm not sure I could take the criticism, though. But if I (or anyone else) do have any input on yours, do you want it as a private message, or here on the forum?
03/27/2009
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
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Originally posted by ZenaidaMacroura
Hmm...brave. lol. Good idea, though. I know I could do better on my reviews, too. I'm not sure I could take the criticism, though. But if I (or anyone else) do have any input on yours, do you want it as a private message, or here on the forum?
Oh. Ha ha. I changed my profile pic. Surprised me. Sorry. Off topic.
03/27/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
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Originally posted by ZenaidaMacroura
Hmm...brave. lol. Good idea, though. I know I could do better on my reviews, too. I'm not sure I could take the criticism, though. But if I (or anyone else) do have any input on yours, do you want it as a private message, or here on the forum?
either I guess. I just want to write good review with info that people want. Or I feel like I'm wasting everyones time that reads my reviews. I'm actually thinking of rewriting some of the ones I have written. But yeah either I guess.
03/27/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I find it helps me to make an outline of points I know I want to include and then fill it in.
03/27/2009
That Weird Guy That Weird Guy
I think this is for everyone not just you..

Catchy, funny, cleaver titles always make me want to read a review. But coming up with a good one is hard and time consuming.

Like I read someones profile and their text motto thing was..

"I'll try it before you buy it."

I though that was so awesome and cleaver.
03/27/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
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Originally posted by That Weird Guy
I think this is for everyone not just you..

Catchy, funny, cleaver titles always make me want to read a review. But coming up with a good one is hard and time consuming.

Like I read someones profile and their text motto thing ...
Yeah this is a little hard for me, I'm not that cleaver. But I'll try harder, thanks.
03/28/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
Ok I got some great input, here and messaged to me. So I found a product I've used and wrote a new review trying to include the info that I was told. Please read it and tell me what you think. link
03/28/2009
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by LilyLust
Ok I got some great input, here and messaged to me. So I found a product I've used and wrote a new review trying to include the info that I was told. Please read it and tell me what you think. link ...
I think you did a good job of describing the problems with this product. However, I would suggest using spell check.
03/28/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by That Weird Guy
I think this is for everyone not just you..

Catchy, funny, cleaver titles always make me want to read a review. But coming up with a good one is hard and time consuming.

Like I read someones profile and their text motto thing ...
I really hope you mean clever.

I'm not hanging around anymore if people are running around with cleavers!
03/28/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
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Originally posted by Tuesday
I think you did a good job of describing the problems with this product. However, I would suggest using spell check.
I did use spell check, but just in case I read over it again. The only thing I found was I think I used the wrong sent. Is that what your referring to?
03/28/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
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Originally posted by LilyLust
I did use spell check, but just in case I read over it again. The only thing I found was I think I used the wrong sent. Is that what your referring to?
There are a few other small but noticeable errors, but I can see how you might miss them if you just skim over your review (I miss things like the 'm' on "them" and sometimes when I change a sentence I muck it up). The best way to catch these errors is to read it out loud to yourself, or have someone else read it to you. Reading it out loud forces your brain to only read what's on the screen/page. When we read "silently", we have a tendency to fill in missing words/letters subconsciously.

I have an idea. I used to be part of a fanfiction writing community, and many of the authors there often recruited one or two beta readers who helped them proofread their chapters/stories before they were posted online. It didn't cost anything, and helped the community build stronger ties with each other. I know not everyone is picky or cares about the little mistakes, but for those who really want a "peer edit" on their reviews before submitting, how about trying out this beta-reader system?

I'll volunteer myself I'm not picky about writing style (I often write in sentence fragments myself for emphasis), but I can catch most spelling and grammar errors (well... except the bit about ending sentences with to/with/for/etc.) If you or anyone else wants someone to help proofread reviews before they go live, PM me! I'd be happy to be of assistance.
03/28/2009
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by LilyLust
I did use spell check, but just in case I read over it again. The only thing I found was I think I used the wrong sent. Is that what your referring to?
There were a few more. The word 'experience'. The word 'message' in paragraph two should be 'massage.' In the second to last paragraph, 'hey' should be 'they.' So spell check wouldn't have helped you with most of those.

BTW, I've noticed that there seems to be no correlation between spelling ability and intelligence. I think because I work with copy editors and my sister is an editor too that I may notice these details more.
03/28/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
Thank you both. I will go bad and fix the mistakes. And keep you advise in mind. You both were a lot of help.
03/28/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
*back. *your.

Man I'm having typing issues!
03/28/2009
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by Miss Cinnamon
There are a few other small but noticeable errors, but I can see how you might miss them if you just skim over your review (I miss things like the 'm' on "them" and sometimes when I change a sentence I muck it up). The best way to ...
I'm going to take you up on this offer for my next review. Thanks for offering.
03/28/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
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Originally posted by Tuesday
I'm going to take you up on this offer for my next review. Thanks for offering.
Cool. Glad I can help!
03/28/2009
PurpleReign PurpleReign
Miss Cinn's offer is very kind and I hope any of us wanting another pair of eyes on reviews take advantage of it.

I think the best advice has been given out by her as well: proof-read...read out loud...slowly, deliberately...or get someone else to read it over.

I'd also suggest writing the review on another program, and leave it alone for an hour or even a day, and then go back and read it over and polish it. Then cut and paste the review pieces into the correct EF boxes. If you compose on the EF form, you're sort of compelled to let it go too quickly in order not to lose it when you log off.

I've spent most of my life until recently as a writer...and I still load things up with typos, mis-spellings, and editing mistakes (changing something incompletely or cobbling together two sentences). Most magazines, newspapers and book publishers copy edit fanatically; here we all have to go the extra step or two to keep up EF's polish and utility.

And as Tuesday wrote, there's no relationship between intelligence and spelling mistakes...but the perseverance and patience in catching and fixing things is part of the boring 'job' aspect of writing.
03/28/2009
That Weird Guy That Weird Guy
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I really hope you mean clever.

I'm not hanging around anymore if people are running around with cleavers!
Sorry! I suck at spelling, firefox has saved me from so many spelling errors though..

I wish firefox would have the same features as Word, so that way you could catch the spelling errors for the wrong word if it is spelled properly. Like cleaver and clever...

Cleaver titles would chop you to pieces if you voted useless...
03/29/2009
TinyTease TinyTease
I hear you, Spicing It Up! I always wonder about the usefulness of my reviews. I mean, the usefulness votes are great, but some actual feedback is always the most helpful!

I would say that I tend to like reviews that have a tone of playfulness to them and also have a good amount of information. The review doesn't have to be 800 words long, but, the more info you can put in, the better.
04/07/2009
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