Welcome, Guest! Why not create a free forum account today and join in with the world's friendliest bunch of Kindle enthusiasts

Introducing Drabble Hippo

Thread Rating:
  • 2 Votes - 5 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 
Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
Yesterday, 07:42 AM | Post: #4591

Book Obsessive
********

Posts: 5,636
Joined: Feb 2013

Thanked 674 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Submitted my first one for yonks recently. I thought I was all drabbled out but then up one pops. Inspiration. Not as bad as expiration.

Master of Verbosity
*******

Posts: 1,141
Joined: Jan 2011

Thanked 65 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but shouldn't the Drabble be returned to the writer for the writer to do the corrections? Huh The art of writing is re-writing. If a writer can't write 100 words error free, what chance do they have with a 100 000 word novel? 
Roald Dahl said that he did at least 15 drafts of his short stories. One of his tips on writing is: "You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have written it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can. "
I don't think it's fair to expect a volunteer to do the work of the writer, who should not be submitting a Drabble unedited. Dodgy

(Stepping back in case I get shot down in flames. Those agreeing, please send marshmallows Tongue Wink
[Image: 51Jsj8BKT7L._SL95.jpg][Image: 61n%2BNqMHfRL._SL95.jpg][Image: 51tQNACHaQL._SL95.jpg][Image: 61YRPOlI-aL._SL95.jpg][Image: 516yhJDUG%2BL._SL95.jpg][Image: 615coUqLeML._SL95.jpg][Image: 51Ygt0kwwXL._SL95.jpg]
[Image: 616JvN8uAQL._SL95.jpg]
Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
Yesterday, 06:51 PM | Post: #4593

Book Obsessive
********

Posts: 5,636
Joined: Feb 2013

Thanked 674 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I tend to agree. If it's not up to snuff it shouldn't get in.
Offline Jonathan Hill Reading too slowly
Yesterday, 07:38 PM | Post: #4594

Author
********

Posts: 3,994
Joined: Dec 2011

Thanked 394 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I agree in theory but the work involved in returning drabbles to the author and asking for them to be resubmitted may be too much of a burden for the Hippo crew??
This Crazy Thing I Call My Life - the follow-up to the No. 1 Smash, A Christmas Outing - OUT SOON!!

Offline davidwailing Reading
Yesterday, 08:05 PM | Post: #4595

Auto
********

Posts: 4,003
Joined: Sep 2011

Thanked 461 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(Yesterday 06:05 PM)Jan Hurst-Nicholson Wrote: Wrote:  Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but shouldn't the Drabble be returned to the writer for the writer to do the corrections? Huh The art of writing is re-writing. If a writer can't write 100 words error free, what chance do they have with a 100 000 word novel? 
Roald Dahl said that he did at least 15 drafts of his short stories. One of his tips on writing is: "You must be a perfectionist. That means you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have written it again and again, making it as good as you possibly can. "
I don't think it's fair to expect a volunteer to do the work of the writer, who should not be submitting a Drabble unedited. Dodgy

(Stepping back in case I get shot down in flames. Those agreeing, please send marshmallows Tongue Wink
Did someone mention marshmallows?! Shocked

I do of course agree that rewriting is important, but we do have to keep things simpler when it comes to drabbles. I do not have time to send individual drabbles back to their authors and engage in a dialogue on how to improve them. 

But we cannot reasonably expect writers to hire an editor for a 100-word story, which would also seriously restrict the number of submissions. 

This naturally means that there will be many drabbles which are either not workable or a little rough around the edges. The former will simply be rejected and the latter polished and published.

Just to clarify, I am not a volunteer - Rosen has hired me to edit the drabbles. She is willing to pay to ensure they are good quality. (At my current rate of £1000 per drabble, I expect to retire by the end of next year.)
[Image: 415cTOxGWML._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51wNbPbpr3L._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51im-cXHh%2BL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 5197SvSCQ5L._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 519lLbh1VzL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 613-pfr3HsL._SL95.jpg]

Author blog: www.davidwailing.com   
Editorial services: www.storywork.co.uk
Offline Rosen Trevithick Reading
Yesterday, 09:31 PM | Post: #4596

Totally Splendid Hotshot Author
********

Posts: 5,142
Joined: Oct 2011

Thanked 264 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Clearly, nobody in this thread has every tried to send critical feedback to a BookHippo.uk contributor!

I can see it now:

"I cannot believe you have seen fit to ask me to redraft my drabble. I don't redraft! My words are a stream of consciousness that exist on a higher plane to grammar. I LIKE homophones - it's wordplay, don't you know! My spellings aren't wrong - they're progressive. I deliberately missed out a word because I felt my masterpiece was too good to redraft, so I just skipped the final word. I thought I'd leave it for the reader to imagine what I might have said. Because that's what great artists do - they evoke questions. By the way, I don't think my novel would have reached #1 in Western Romances Set in Essex if I needed to redraft my work, SOMEHOW!"

No, a simple new rule that anything submitted might be subject to minor error-removal is much kinder to the nerves.

Seriously though, David is right. It's not practical to contact authors to ask if it's okay to fix a typo - and that's what we're talking about: odd typos. If something needs a major re-write, it'll just be skipped, like in the olden days.
[Image: 51we%2BNvX2aL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51dlN%2BeBifL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51Y3bTpE8eL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51gmgMPfnBL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51qdNKyGE9L._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 61TE0dQyxjL._SL95.jpg]   [Image: 51Fbvd7KyWL._SL95.jpg]  [Image: 51YepJnT-dL._SL95.jpg]
Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
Yesterday, 10:08 PM | Post: #4597

Book Obsessive
********

Posts: 5,636
Joined: Feb 2013

Thanked 674 times

What I Read

RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Fair enough - but you're still over-paying him!

Currently Reading:Hell, yes! Last Book I Read: Favourite Genres:Fantasy, crime, thriller, horror, a touch of sci-fiFavourite eBooks:
See my recommendations
Currently Reading:Haven't got a Kindle. A big pile of books. Last Book I Read:Storm Prey by John Sandford Favourite Genres:family saga, humour
Currently Reading:too slowly Last Book I Read:The Cult of Me by Michael Brookes Favourite Genres:I'll give most things a try!Favourite eBooks:
See my recommendations
Currently Reading: Last Book I Read: Favourite Genres:Contemporary fiction, humour, mystery, thriller, SFFavourite eBooks:
See my recommendations
Currently Reading: Last Book I Read: Favourite Genres:Comedy; Crime, thrillers and mysteryFavourite eBooks:
See my recommendations