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Why I Use Prolitfic
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Hyba
August 2019
Writing
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Written by
Hyba
August 2019
Writing

Many writers out there don't know that Prolitfic exists. Prolitfic is one of the few platforms I use to share my writing, and to be perfectly frank, I've only shared one piece so far - a short horror story. It wasn't even the final draft of it - it was a much briefer, skeleton draft I'd created before giving it more flesh. It's called "Brittle Teeth", and you can check it out here - but be warned! There are elements of body horror. Why didn't I upload the final draft? I guess I wanted readers to look at its more solid parts, rather than the artistic and aesthetic flourishes I've added to create a deeper atmosphere. I wanted to know if the story as a concept works - and if you want to get some feedback for a short story, Prolitfic is the place to go. 

It's a great platform. But I have to be honest. It's also extremely nervewracking.

In order to upload your story, you need to review someone else's first. For a while, I only reviewed other writers' works, getting the hang of the platform and thinking about which story I should share first. All of my stories are experimental in nature - experimental because I like to delve into topics and subjects I hadn't before looked at (so, perhaps not experimental in the vast field of literature, but experimental to me all the same). So, I know that they all have their faults. In the end, it came down to "Brittle Teeth" because it was the only story I felt confident enough to share. It had gotten great reviews on Tumblr, and I wanted to put it to the test on Prolitfic because the feedback there is always constructive criticism, and I wanted to know what did and didn't work in my story. 

Reviews on Prolitfic work in two ways. First, the reviewer gives you a rating out of 5 stars. Then, they write the review, focusing on technical parts of the story - did the dialogue work? Did the story flow? Is the writing style effective? Does the plot deliver? Does the start hook in the reader? Does the twist at the end work? All of this and more - you can expect reviewers on Prolitfic to be very thorough, which is another reason I like this platform so much!

I uploaded "Brittle Teeth" and logged out immediately, purposely forgetting about it for two days. I figured it would take at least that long to get a review. When I logged back in, I did indeed have a review - and it was a fairly positive one! It made me feel great about my story - and about my decision to upload it to Prolitfic. I got some great feedback from the review, and while I did have that little anxious beast within telling me to ignore all the "negative" aspects of the review, the truth of the matter is that the review itself is quite spot-on. Reviews that followed highlighted many of the same issues in the story, and while it's hard not to feel too torn up about my story - my hard work and effort - being criticised, it's important for me to keep in mind that this is going to make it better, and that's what I want in the end. 

The great thing about Prolitfic is that you can rate your reviews. So, if a review was absolutely, positively the most helpful review you've ever gotten, you can give it 5/5 stars. If it wasn't helpful at all, you can give it a 1/5 stars. You can also reply to a review - which I plan on doing to all of my reviews, once I get the chance to sit down and focus on that story. 

So, I use Prolitfic as both a reviewer and a writer. I'm glad to say that my first story uploaded to the platform wasn't a disaster (as I was honestly afraid it was going to be). I'm also happy that the platform gives me a chance to read some superb short stories (and, in some cases, chapters) and review them! It is helping my development as a writer in so many different ways, and I've only just started using it.

If this sounds like something that you'd be interested in, definitely give it a look-see and let me know what you think!

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