OK all, time to set a few etiquette ground rules....
1. Please do not quote the ENTIRE post containing the story. It is unnecessary and makes you have to scroll a ton more just to see your 1-line comment. If you want to talk about a specific part of the story, then quote that, but please refrain from quoting the entire original post.
2. Try to give more feedback than a few words such as "This was great!" While that is encouraging to the original poster, try to give them a few reasons as to why
it was great. Not only will this be a better use of your post, but it'll let the author know what everyone likes and he can focus on that more later.
3. Constructive Criticism - While there's not a lot of poor stories being written, if someone does, don't just give complete negatives, try to work in a few positives as well. A well balanced comment goes a long way towards someone improving their writing.
4. Please use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar (except if used in dialogue where it deserves to be that way). Also, remember to space out your entries so it's not a huge wall of text. Hitting the "Enter" key a few times can really make a difference in someone reading your story, or just skipping over it.Valdarez
has a few simple spell checking solutions below:
The easiest way is to download and install Firefox. Firefox has a built in spell checker that works on nearly all text boxes. I use it and it definitely works on The Row's forums. It saves me from a ton of spelling errors. Now, if only it had a grammar check. :) Download Firefox here --> www.mozilla.com/firefox/
Another way to spell check your work is to download and install Open Office a free alternative to Windows Office software giving you a Word Editor, Spread Sheet Editor, Presentations, and more. The Word Editor will let you create, edit, and save your work to your local computer. If you're writing something that's fairly long then this is the solution that you really should use. Especially if you want to keep your work for a long time. Download Open Office here --> www.openoffice.org/