Nov 2014 CWG Critique


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas hardly seems appropriate after this months dominant response to the theme. Again the allocation of points was really difficult and even with a predominantly common death theme the entries didn’t easily divide into common approaches to this theme. I was driven this month to considering what creative writing actually is and was again surprised at the plethora of information on this subject. It would seem that the notion of creative writing is only limited by the creativity of the originator (Hm! That sounds rather trite). I found this critique on a critique interesting.

Regarding the entries for November it was so hard to choose the entries for allocating the points. In the end I decided to look for the most creative for the set theme, but on reflection this didn’t help a lot as I found myself back wondering what creativity actually meant. All of the stories had good characterisation and were all good at setting the scene for the story, so it became difficult to say that any one was better than another. I gave 5 points to A Dark Christmas Tale because it was so different from the others and, it would seem, continues Dan’s writing of the improbable happening. I could have chosen from pretty well any of the rest but chose Americanmum’s Winter Solstice and finally; I thought that Fizzeerascal’s Planning For Winter And Beyond was a really neat murder.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT WINTER? Written by expatangie.

What Marija didn’t know was that Patrov had whispered ‘I know all about you and your bullying ways. Any more of that and you’ll have to deal with me. I didn’t think this needed to be said Angie. The ending was strong enough but I thought it could have been stronger with some dialogue/action implying the same (which the reader had already inferred).

Your stories read like prequels, I’m left wondering what happens next (but not disappointed). Maybe, like americanmum, we will get a sequel one month!

I liked the story and it brought back memories of those Russian Slices that I used to buy for lunch from a nearby patisserie.

SNOW. Written by Giselle.

A slight distraction to start – I thought the snow falling across the page was clever and wondered if web page graphics would ever be part of creative writing (they could make the production of a hard copy book more expensive – even graphic images).

The story was interesting and had the male psyche really buttonholed. Quite disturbing for a male to read, something I came across in This Book Will Save Your Life.

A DARK CHRISTMAS TALE. Written by Danthemann.

I like your writing Dan – always a bit creatively off the wall. With Glenfiddich 2 bottles £100 at Tesco’s (not the most expensive) but clearly no cheap stuff at this party. A clever and unexpected conclusion.

PLANNING FOR WINTER AND BEYOND. Written by Fizzeerascal.

I thought that this was a clever story and again an unexpected conclusion.

WINTER SOLSTICE. Written by Americanmum.

I’m not sure whether or not finding the body belonged at the beginning or the end of this story. At the end it seemed – to me- to appear as an afterthought. Nevertheless a very atmospheric story.

SNOW WHITE. Written by Gazoopi.

Having read the background to this story Gaz, I thought it cleverly contrived.

THE LORELEI. Written by Peter Barnett.

Sort of autobiographical.

THE DAY MY BUDGIE DIED. Written by Lostinwords.

This really captured a similar journey I made once in a car (without a budgie), I thought that the portrayal of the cold winter was really good.

FROZEN HELL. Written by Charles Stuart.

I didn’t realise until the very end that the character was dead Charles. I was kept in suspense wondering what was going to happen.

WINTER. Written by seadams.

This was really a sad tale for Christmas. I envy your ability to create those scenes.

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