Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

8.1.2 Commenting on your fellow writers’ stories

Now read and comment on the final stories of your fellow writers in the following activity.

Forum assignment activity 8: Giving feedback

Go to the forum thread for this activity [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   and feed back on at least one story by another writer.

Remind yourself of the points made in Giving feedback to other writers about how to give feedback and what questions to ask yourself about the writing. Make notes in your journal about the stories you read:

Assignment guidelines

Give feedback on the following aspects of the author’s assignment:

  1. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the character portrayals?
  2. Were there any very clear, or any confusing, elements of the story which related to approaches taught on Start writing fiction?
  3. Did the story have a plot, causality and conflict? How did it engage you?

In your feedback, you should:

  • ensure that you make at least one positive comment and at least one critical comment about each piece.
  • give reasons for your comments, don’t just say ‘I liked this’ or ‘I didn’t like that’.
  • write at least 150 words per story review. You can, and may often want to, write more.
  • check the guidance in the Feedback guidance PDF on giving and receiving review comments.

Finally, if you have time, make comments on more than one story – try three stories; it is better to do a thorough job on three than a less helpful job on more.


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