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…  

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.

Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Dawné Dominique

Dawné is a writer and an artist. 

As D. Thomas Jerlo, our guest has a number of books. 

D. Thomas Jerlo’s novels inexplicably draw readers deep into mystical worlds where magic rules and battles between good and evil are forever constant. Blending reality with illusion, readers are riveted to the spellbinding plots and unforgettable characters.

As a best-selling and award nominated author of fantasy and paranormal, D. Thomas Jerlo’s novels hook unsuspecting readers into worlds of mage’ic and refuses to let them go until that last page is read.

Although published in the United States, D. Thomas Jerlo is a Canadian author through and through. 

She is also the owner of DusktilDawn Designs.  

“Everything in life happens for a reason, be it good or bad, and 
it’s because of this we learn to never take anything for granted.”

www.dthomasjerlo.com

Blog or Website

Blog or Website

July is Website/Blog Building Month

Let’s start off with a Topic Chat about the difference between a blog and a website.

What is the Difference Between a Blog and a Website?

The difference, it turns out, may be only in our minds.  To begin our July Theme we will look at Blog/Website Building in Geek Speak and Plain English so we have a better understanding about what we are planning and why.

Trish Jones says it well in her article about Blogs vs Websites–

For those of you who may not know what a blog is, it’s short for web log, and is a frequently updated website consisting of blog posts, or entries (more often than not, dated entries) that are arranged in reverse chronological order. So when a reader comes to your site, they see your most recent article (often called posts), first.

Trish Jones 

 

Future Topics

Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Emerian Rich

HorrorAddicts.net is a podcast, blog, and publisher that promotes and investigates the Horror Addict lifestyle. 


h o r r o r . a d d i c t s: people who are physiologically or psychologically dependent on items depicting macabre events. 

My name is Emerian Rich, the Horror Hostess, Publisher, and ghoul in charge.

Music has the power to soothe the soul, drive people to obsession, and soundtrack evil plots. Is
music the instigator of madness, or the key that unhinges the psychosis within? From guitar lessons
in a graveyard and a baby allergic to music, to an infectious homicidal demo and melancholy tunes in
a haunted lighthouse, Crescendo of Darkness will quench your thirst for horrifying audio fiction.

HorrorAddicts.net is proud to present fourteen tales of murderous music, demonic performers, and
cursed audiophiles.

Crescendo of Darkness includes:


Audition” by Naching T. Kassa
This could be a guitarist’s ticket to the big time, if he survives auditioning in a ghoul-protected
graveyard.


Circe’s Music Shop” by A. Craig Newman
A music store owner, who won’t be bullied into submission, teaches two hitmen the meaning of
pain.


Last Lullaby” by Emerian Rich
An opera diva is haunted by a dangerous secret which threatens to end her career and her life.


Loved to Death” by Sam Morgan Phillips
Death explores his dream of being a rock star, but can’t avoid his purpose when a young woman
forces him to live up to his destiny.


The Music Box” by Daphne Strasert
When a mom finds her childhood music box, she unleashes a tragic horror on her family, dooming
them to repeat history.


While My Guitar Gently Bleeds” by Benjamin Langley
A rock musician is visited by an undead band member and forced to pay for his crimes against rock
‘n’ roll.


Six String Bullets” by Cara Fox
The pull of a busker’s song becomes too much for a young woman to resist.


Lighthouse Lamentation” by R.A. Goli
A lighthouse keeper helps a mysterious guest, but the stranger’s haunting sea shanty might drive him
mad.


Solomon’s Piano” by Jeremy Megargee
A grieving husband builds an unnatural piano, but can his music raise the dead?


They Don’t Make Music Like That Anymore” by Kahramanah
A musician’s obsession with creating a masterpiece leads to him discover why they don’t make music
like that anymore.


Become the Music” by H.E. Roulo
A cellist would do anything for her child, even give up music, but that might not be enough to stop
a curse from consuming her baby.


Keep the Beat” by Calvin Demmer
A young girl questions why her tribe plays the djembe drums every night and finds it may be more
than just a tradition


The Legend of Crimson Ivory” by Sarah Gribble
An audiophile finds a legendarily sinister demo at a used record store and decides to play it, despite
his friends’ warnings.


A Whisper in the Air” by Jeremiah Donaldson
Employees at a job find solace in playing music on break, but a haunted melody draws in more than
just new musicians.


Crescendo of Darkness


Direct link: https://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-Darkness-Jeremiah-Donaldson/dp/1987708156
Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson
Cover by Carmen Masloski
HorrorAddicts.net Press


Let music unlock your fear within.

That’s Not How I Remember It!

“Dude, like no way. That’s not the way I remember it – at all. You can’t be saying that.”

May is Memoir Month at The Writers Chat Room.

Come visit on Sunday as we talk about memory. Should you share with family and friends, especially during your first draft? When does a memory become more fiction than fact? Does family input rob you of a story which should have been yours?

How True and Factual Does Your Memoir Have to Be? 5 Principles

Much of what we remember is forever lost in the physical world, however much it may shimmer and possess us now. Can we trust our memories as “facts?” And what if others disagree? How do we explain our creative process and answer their protests? Here are a few principles to assist you.

Read the whole article and come chat with us.

May 6th at 7PM ET at The Writers Chat Room

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Join us throughout the month of May as we focus on Memoir Writing

it’s your story

Wednesday and Sunday we will talk about what defines a memoir.

How does it differ from a personal essay or an autobiography? When does a Memoir slip into the area of becoming a Therapy Journal?  What is a Fictionalized Memoir? Is a Fictionalized Memoir the thing we write while waiting for our ‘characters’ to pass on?

We will start with these questions and begin exploring things to include and avoid while writing a memoir.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MEMOIR, PERSONAL HISTORY – WHAT’S THE DIFF? AND DOES IT MATTER?


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Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne

Sunday, April 29th
Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne joined forces in 2012 and in collaboration, they have written several novels including The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother. 
They are collaborating actively on several more novels and together, they also host the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which has featured such guests as Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, Christopher Moore, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, VC Andrews, Preston & Child, Charlaine Harris, and Christopher Rice.
Currently, Thorne & Cross are writing the continuing Ravencrest Saga, and a sequel to Tamara’s Candle Bay, which will feature Michael, Winter, and Chynna from Alistair’s vampire novel, The Crimson Corset.

Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne

Children’s Literary Agents Roundup: How to Write for Young Audiences

Join us for our final topic chat about writing for Children & YA Readers and mark your Calendar for Sunday’s Guest Chat.
Four agents who represent children’s literature, took time out of their busy day to share their insight and wisdom on platform, writing picture books, and writing for young audiences. If you want a better understand of what these agents are seeking in their submissions inbox and in their clients—and thus developing a better understanding of how to approach them and find representation—be sure to pick up a copy of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018 for the full roundup!
We have Guests on Sunday.