Topic: Rules (Read before doing anything else)
The Review Chain is a house where people can get good constructive reviews on their work.
To sum it up you review someone’s piece and then someone else reviews yours.
This is how it works:
•The first person asks for a review on one of their pieces.
•The second person then gives the first person a constructive review. They can then ask for one of their piece’s to be reviewed.
•The third person then gives the second person a constructive review and then asks for one of their piece’s to be reviewed.
And on it goes, like a chain.
You have to review the exact person’s before you, which is the most recent one. Also you need to review the specific work they ask for, not just any of their works. Please leave the review on the work's page, not in the forums. You can only ask for one piece to be reviewed at a time, and if it is a novel, only one chapter.
Now the most important thing is that the review has to be constructive. A constructive review is not ‘I liked it. Keep it up.’ You need to state some particular things you liked about it and WHY. Also state some things that you didn’t like and WHY. Please do not state something you didn't like and not explain why, because they will not know how they can improve. Some points that you could comment on:
•Plot •Character’s •Dialogue •Writing style •Grammar/ spelling- paragraphs, tense, commas, etc. •Opening/ middle/ end
For the review to be considered constructive you need to state at least one thing you like and why and at least one thing you didn’t like and why. Your review must be at least 100 words- if it is constructive this isn't hard. The more you say the more the writer can improve.
Also be kind, we're all here to encourage one another. Rudeness won't be tolerated.
If you feel that you have been unfairly reviewed; so the reviewer hasn’t been helpful or said very little, or if you accidentally got skipped or missed, then let me know and I’ll take a look and see what I can do. I want to emphasise that you please let me know if someone hasn't given a constructive review. I do check some but not all so really you need to tell me. I am more than happy to do whatever I can to make sure you get a constructive review, that's what I'm here for. If the chain has continued on please still say something to me. I will always give a review to make up for skipped/unfair reviews, or any other issues.
There are different categories which you can post in:
- Short Stories
- Simple Reviews
In the Short Stories category you can only ask for short stories to be reviewed, in the Poems category you can only ask for poems to be reviewed, in the Novels category only novels. However in the Other category you can ask for anything to be reviewed. This can be scripts, essays, anything. You can also ask for stories, poems and novels to be reviewed in this section, it is open for everything. This is for the pieces that don't fit into the other categories but there isn't enough of that type going around to make it a separate category.
The Simple Reviews category is different to all the others, it is the place where reviews do not need to be constructive. This is for the people who still want to review but who may not have the time to give a constructive review or don't want to give one. Any types of writing can be asked for.
Not all of the categories appear on the homepage but they can accessed by clicking Forum. Also you can Subscribe to each topic to get updates.
On a sidenote please don't post irrelevant things to the forum topics already there, or create your own. The main reason for this house is the Review Chain. If there is a topic you'd like to see, which you think would be helpful for the group, then you're welcome to send me a message and I'll see what I can do.
If you want to advertise your writing without reviewing there's a topic called Writing Plugs where you can just ask people to review your writing, or mention a bit about it.
If anyone has any questions feel free to ask, I am more than happy to answer or explain anything. If anyone has any suggestions those are also very welcome.
If you want to give any feedback/ideas, etc. anonymously I've created a survey. You can say anything you want here:
Thank you to those who have read through all these rules. If you haven’t read all the rules and just skipped to the end go back and read them (this is your second warning).
I hope everyone enjoys this and gets some great reviews from it.