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Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:36 pm
by Evie_Redding
While searching Google for a question on inner thought and dialogue, I came across this website (The Editor's Blog). I thought about asking this question in the other topic thread in this forum, but I didn't want to derail the conversation.

It shows three options for said question I had, but my question is this: How am I to judge the credibility of a writing site?

It seems many people have differing opinions when it comes to writing, so I wanted to make sure I check reliable sources before applying new skills to my own work.

Thanks!

-Tanna

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:38 pm
by Oldtimer
If there has been no traffic on that site since 2012, Tanna, I personally would steer clear of it.

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:53 pm
by shadowwalker
There are indeed as many opinions on writing as there are writers. I personally don't pay much attention to writing blogs, but as with opinions on forums, you should consider whether or not the opinion jives with the books you enjoy reading. If the advice offered is polar opposite of what's done in books you love, then it probably won't work for you. And opinions/advice can offer opportunities to experiment; if something doesn't work for you, at least you gave it a try.

As to the voracity of writing sites themselves, I'd look at how they present their opinions/information. If they speak in absolutes, if they give you "rules", if they can't promote their ideas without tearing down those that disagree - it's probably not where you're going to get useful information/opinions.

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:17 pm
by Crono91
I totally agree with Shadow. Experiment.

Naturally, the novels you read aren't just for entertainment, but also think of them as textbooks. As you read books, always have these numerous questions running through your head, and make note of how that author did it, and see if you like it.

But everyone is different: for me, personally, since I tend to write in first person, I do not like having internal dialogue, since the whole book is already internal dialogue.

I think the only real rule for writing is: if you're going to break a rule, make sure you know the rule you're breaking.

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:40 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:51 pm
by Dreaming Imrryr
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Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:53 pm
by Crono91

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:44 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Judging credibility?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:35 am
by kamalayka