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Filter, anyone?

There's a wizard anthology that just opened for submissions, and I have an old wizard story.  I like this story, but it's gotten some rejections from other markets, and I know I've grown as a writer since I wrote it.  The thing is, I've read through it so many times I just can't see it fresh any more.  Is it really the best I can do with this story?  Does it have some huge flaw (or even minor flaws) that I'm currently blind to?  Or do I mostly need to find a different market for it?

I'm willing to share this story with a few people here, in a private filter.  I'm looking for people who will agree to read it and to comment on it, to tell me what they like and don't like about it.  Especially what they don't like. 

If that's you, please comment below.


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Jul. 23rd, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
I volunteer! As long as it isn't too much of a rush.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!

The submission window is months long, and just opened, though I don't want to delay too long; sometimes the early bird really does get the worm.

Also, I'm going to a convention this weekend where I expect to be short on sleep, so I wouldn't be starting a rewrite until next week at the earliest, and that not until I finish the obligatory web-search for jobs to apply for.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'll give it a whirl
Jul. 23rd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
I would be happy to read it and tell you what I think. I read a lot of SF and F but I don't know that I would be that good at critiquing.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)

I need an overall impression, and then specifics about what you liked and disliked. If there were sections that didn't seem right, even if you don't know why. If there were sections that confused you.

I remember times when a half-dozen people all didn't like the same paragraph, but all had different reasons why, and all the suggestions for fixing it were different. The writer, of course, gets to figure out how to fix that part of the story, but I learned a lot pondering all the various and contradictory comments!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
I currently don't have a lot of time on my hands, but I'd give it a read through.

I know the worst thing anyone can do is say "I thought it was good" and "I liked it" and refuse to give any criticism. Any good writer can handle criticism, and a good reviewer will not be afraid to hold back. What one person thinks may very well be what a hundred other people think. Asking friends at the lunch table does little to better a serious writer, unless they are dining with other writers.

I might have lost my voice for a while, but that doesn't mean I've stopped looking for it.

Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, and thank you.

It depends on the friends...though, on reflection, some overwhelming proportion of my friends are writers or artists or storytellers of one sort or another.
Jul. 24th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Oh, and there is something more useless than saying "I like it" but nothing more, and that's saying "I hate it" and refusing to say why.
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