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On Reading Instructions

INFORMATIONPosted by Leif Ahnland 25 Apr, 2009 11:27PM
Since the writing has really taken off since last Thursday, this might be the time to come with suggestions for how to post and read stuff. Since a blog offers the possibility to comment, a sort of dialogue can actually take place between reader and author. But, it can be a good idea to help the reader by explaining how a specific post should be understood/interpreted. Even more so here since we are using it as a tool for publishing and feedback.

Exercises: If it's an exercise there's nothing to it really, just describe the task and perhaps any rules (timelimits, wordcounts etc.) that are relevant to the reader. Check out how Georgie did it here.

Stories: For your stories it might be important to instruct the reader what to look for. Or ignore. Perhaps you don't want them to come with feedback on the plot but only on the characters' physique and/or how you describe what they feed their pets. Maybe you are not interested in comments on grammar, spelling and vocabulary but then again maybe you are. If you have a clearly stated reading instruction as a first paragraph, in bold or italics, the comments you get might be more to the point, or at least help you with specific problems. Joe's instructions here is one example and here is another one.