Quarterly Critique Chat

Would you like a critique from the entire chatroom? Then read and follow the guidelines EXACTLY. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Email sally@writerschatroom.com 200-300 words from your work. Paste your submission into the email, do not send an attachment. Do not hit reply!

Use the subject line “Submission: Labor Day Critique“.

Copy this list and put it at the beginning of the email, with your answers:

  • Genre: 
  • Format: (short story, novel, etc): 
  • Section: (beginning, middle or end of piece)
  • Name you intend to publish under: 
  • Name you use in the chatroom: ​​​​​​​ 

You can add one or two sentences to set the scene, if needed. But no more than two sentences. 

Submissions must be received by 3 pm ET on Sunday, 09/02/2018, to be eligible for chat.

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Submissions that follow the guidelines will be used in the order they are received. I don’t know how many we will get through, but the queue starts when the first correct submission is received.

I strongly suggest you submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the writing will be openly discussed.

If you are not in attendance, your submission will be skipped. It’s a waste of everyone’s time to critique something if the author isn’t there to hear it.

Fiction, nonfiction, essay, query letter…it doesn’t matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene into 300 words. Full scenes get better critiques.

Why only 300 words? More than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be able to read it, to give a good crit.

Please be on time for this chat. Crosstalk, including greetings, will be kept to a bare minimum. Make sure you have floated and enlarged your screen in chat, so you can keep up. Here we go…let’s see how many of you have learned to write well and follow submission guidelines. First submission up for crits is…  

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August is Humor Month!

We are talking Humor all month long. When you drill down on humor as a writer’s tool things tend toward serious things right away. 

Tim Jackson put it in a nutshell when he wrote, “So let me, first off, provide my wholly unscientific theory of being funny: Some people are funny. Some people are not. Pretty simple, really.” 

Tonight’s topic is about how to write a Humor Essay. It seems many of the How-To articles I am tracking down are written for school aged people. I’ll be adding Bonus Links after the main feature.

How to Write a Humor Essay

 
A good humor essay will have your reader in stitches.


When it comes to telling jokes, it’s often said that it’s all in the delivery. By writing a humor essay, you can get around that one hurdle, but there are others to avoid. A successful humor essay will entertain readers as much as a successful comedian will entertain audiences.

  • Pick a topic that is easily accessible
  • Keep it short and sweet
  • Tell a Story
  • Contrast Funny with Sad and Mundane

The Following are Bonus Links, a few are Contenders for another Topic Chat.

Laughing Through Life: Humor in Autobiographical Writing

Humor Writing: 15 Markets That Pay You to Make People Laugh

Honest Writing Is Funny Writing

Memoirist Sean Wilsey says he knows he’s finished with a story when it makes him laugh.

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