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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
25 Apr 2017, 07:42 AM | Post: #4591

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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.

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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

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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
25 Apr 2017, 06:51 PM | Post: #4593

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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
25 Apr 2017, 07:38 PM | Post: #4594

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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??
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25 Apr 2017, 08:05 PM | Post: #4595

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(25 Apr 2017 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.)
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25 Apr 2017, 09:31 PM | Post: #4596

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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.
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25 Apr 2017, 10:08 PM | Post: #4597

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

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

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(25 Apr 2017 09:31 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  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.



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

I can see it now:

"I cannot believe you have seen fit to edit my drabble. 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 misspelled a word because I felt I need to introduce new words to the lexicon. I thought I'd leave it for the reader to imagine the new meaning of the misspelled word. Because that's what great artists do - they evoke questions. Tongue
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28 Apr 2017, 10:38 AM | Post: #4599

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

It looks as though the number of drabbles submitted is on the up! I guess having a steady flow of them in the newsletter reminds people to keep posting.

This is really great for BookHippo.uk, as the more fresh content the better, in terms of our search engine rankings and relationship with our partners.

Thanks to all the contributors, moderators and David.
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12 May 2017, 09:53 AM | Post: #4600

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Thank you to the author who submitted TWENTY-FOUR drabbles.

However, we need more by other authors, to help keep the drabble slot varied..

Please write and submit!

Thank you. I really appreciate all the drabbles. They give BookHippo.uk that all-important original content.
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