(#) notsosaintly 2008-04-23If you don't want to put the effort into writing a summary, how can you expect people to put the effort into reading it? Really, you are underestimating your readers' intelligence by thinking we'll read with that summary. Remember: "A story is only as good as its summary." Write a summary, let me know, and I promise I will read.
Author's responsethank you for my first review!
u are obviously experienced in summary writing so cud u give me some tips.
i just didnt want to ruin the story.
Xxx Nica xxX
ive changed the summary now but i still dont know if its any good. please tell me what i need to improve on
Xxx Nica xxX
(#) notsosaintly 2008-04-26I can't respond to the original review I left, so I'll just write a new one. Believe me, you can't ruin a story by the summary. But if you don't write a halfway decent one, you won't get people interested enough to read your story.
Some people will take a quote out of the story and use that as their summary. Others will ask themselves what they would say if they had to describe the chapter in a single sentence. Sometimes it's really easy; sometimes not.
Like, for example, chapter one. You could say, "Ryan convinces Brendon to come out and play." That would perk up a few readers' ears (or eyes).
For chapter two, you could say something like: "A simple park outing results in tragedy."
Another thing. Rethink your title. You most certainly can't use something like that for a title if you're serious about posting. Think about the overall idea of the story. From what you've written so far, could the story's title be something like: Healing Brendon.
Now in an attempt to be even more helpful. If you've read other stories that have been posted, you may have noticed that between each paragraph there is a space. In other words, when you are writing do not hit the Enter key until your paragraph is finished. Then hit Enter twice. It makes it easier to read.
Remember that each time a different person speaks, it is a new paragraph. When someone is done speaking (such as "Let's go to the park!" Ryan said.) when the story bits continue, make that a new paragraph too.
Also, a lot of readers will give up and go away when they see everything's been written in lowercase. You know, capitalize beginning of sentences. Use periods. That kind of stuff. You'll be taken more seriously.
I hope this helps!!
Author's responseuv been a great help thank you
hopefully now my fic will be a bit less crap! thankyouthankyouthankyou
Xxx Nica Xxx
i have done what you said
Xxx nica xxX
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