Critiques - Read OP's rules, you fools
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Okay guys, the last one was the best I've ever seen on /lit/ (sorry for deleting the original redo yesterday, I was not feeling well) so let's give it a go again. I'm sorry to say this will probably be my last one for a while. This is where the magic comes from:
1. I will be providing critiques to people who either include a critique in their post or link back to their submission with a critique. Choose who you think you can provide to most thought and assistance to, as if I find your critique to be lazy or insubstantial you will be instructed to compensate.
2. Most people will not get past rule 1 as it cannot be "enforced" and the reward is less guaranteed. The idea is to continue providing critiques past the first, linking back to your original submission in the hope that someone else also providing multiple critiques will see and choose yours. It would only take a few people doing this to provide a revolving door of critiques.
Remember, a the purpose of a critique is to provide perspective and even a great critique is just one person's perspective. A good author needs to know what not to listen to but you must also keep your mind open and be wary of yourself.
Be honest but constructive. There is always the chance of praise but if you are looking for look elsewhere. I encourage everyone to read as many submissions as they can and if you see something you like it won't hurt to drop a compliment as the author will appreciate it - you know you would. Tell your subject what they did right so they can build on it but focus on the critique, not the commendation - that is the purpose, after all.
Good luck everyone! Remember: "The first draft of anything is shit"
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This might be a shitty question, but I'll try it anyway. How do I get into reading? I really want to be one of those people who reads a book a week. My vocabulary is suffering big time, and I just feel like it'll be beneficial mentally to me (if that makes sense). However I can never really bring myself to read without having to deliberately force myself. When I do read, I'm kinda slow, constantly have to re-read, and my attention is hard to keep. Rarely do I read a book that's just locked in my attention.
For example, right now I'm basically free for the rest of the day; plans were canceled. I know I'm going to just sit on the computer and do unproductive things all day, and I have at least 8-10 books on my very modest bookshelf right now that I haven't read yet, yet I just don't feel any desire to pick one up and read. Not to mention I have like 100+ books on my Amazon wishlist I have a bit of an interest in reading.
Maybe I need to just buy a really comfy chair or something. Any advice?
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I've masturbated to this book so many times. I've read it 77 times, each time discovering new complexities. Every single page of my copy is marked with findings and annotations. Shit, I meta'd this book so hard I had to break its spine (/lit/erally) and put all the pages in a binder. I've fucking masacrated the plot, the internal semiotics, shit, even characters stood no chance against my inquiries. Niggers, thanks to this book I've obtained various literary skills such as actually counting the time characters spend on talking when moving from point A to B - shit's cray. The afterword? I know it by heart. Eco would be my literary waifu if he was a woman, unfortunately I'm not a faggot, so our relationship is purely platonic. If I was to mark on plebeian decimal scale, "Il nome della rosa" (I've learned fuckng Italian thanks to this book) would score an erection/10.
What are your favourite books, /lit/?