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A teacher, student, writer, and opinionated reader. Retired from fanfic (mostly), but not writing. Responsible for the cleverpun's Critique Corner review series: http://tinyurl.com/h3ftsm3

Recommended Groups/Resources

The Proofreader Group -- As long as you read the rules and are willing to vet people before asking them, this group is a fantastic resource for writers of all types.

The Big Master Review List -- A list of all reviewed stories with links to those reviews. It is maintained by Singularity Dream. Obviously such a list can never be truly complete, but SD does a fantastic job maintaining it. This is a great resource, whether you are an author, reviewer, or reader.

Writers and Reviewers Institute for Technical Excellence -- I've had excellent experiences with reviewers from this group; they are thorough and don't pull any punches. Sadly, they appear to be inactive at this time


Taking Review Requests [OPEN] · 11:36am Jan 23rd, 2016

If [OPEN], I am accepting new requests. If [CLOSED], I am working on current requests (check back later :twilightsmile:)

If you follow me, then you are likely aware of my ongoing review series. In order to mix things up a little, I am now taking requests for stories to review. Like everything in life, there are some caveats:
*Only request reviews for one of your own stories.

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"If Titanium Dragon is the final boss of Fimfiction, cleverpun is the optional boss that's even harder to beat!" — Horse Voice

"You're hard mode. Or maybe I'm hard mode and you're nightmare difficulty, where there are demonic spiders lurking around every corner and you only get one heart." — Titanium Dragon

The Worst of my Stories

Improvement is inevitable, and that means that not everything one writes is going to be good. This is a list of stories I wrote which are bad. Please start with stories besides the ones in this list. I could un-publish them, but even terrible writing has value sometimes. I could do better now, but they are important reminders of how far I've come.

“It's hell writing and it's hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.”
― Robert Hass


cleverpun’s 2019 Reading Journal: January · 7:01am February 6th

Welcome to my reading journal. A common piece of writing advice is that to become a better writer, one should read a lot. There is truth to this, of course, depending on what one reads. Every month, I’ll run down all the books I’ve read, in about 300 words apiece. These aren’t full-blown reviews, but hopefully there’s still some useful information buried in them.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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"There is no danger in asking a 'stupid' question: the danger is in continuing without the answer."

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2594334 It's Magilou from Tales of Berseria.

Who is the woman in your avatar?

2551908 I actually have guidelines for requested reviews right over here. If you want to request a review for a specific story, try and meet them. If you want to just say "review one of my stories please", then that's fine, but the story I end up choosing may not represent you very well.

For writing advice, I do somewhat regular blogging about writing topics and techniques. Looking through my blog for the #writing tag should turn up most of them. I try and reply to comments even on older posts, but obviously I may have changed my mind or learned something new since writing a given post.

And don't worry about it. I'd much rather someone ask me a question than continue on without the answer.

Fair answer.

Out of curiosity, what would it take to have you tear one of my works apart? Would it help if I wrote something of your choosing? And do you have any writing advice you could share?

Blargh. Sorry for the question galore.

2551715 Neither; trying to cut down on caffeine :applejackunsure:

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cleverpun's 2016 reading journal · 11:04pm Feb 4th, 2016

A common piece of writing advice is that to become a better writer, one should read a lot. There is truth to this, of course, depending on what one reads.

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