DO you know what? I was reading a write-up in the Big Issue today about ABCtales, the crux of
the article was how the site was aimed at encouraging people of all abilities to submit stories
of any subject matter. What it omitted was that we still get the occasional pompous, self-satisfied
wannabe writer who gains more pleasure from gloating over the less established, less experienced
writers who want little more than to be read and criticised. As one of these people (who freely admits
that grammer and spelling is not a strong point - yet) I find it painful that people still highlight
mild, unimportant petty mistakes that the less pragmatic would simply gloss over un-interested.
I'm not saying that spelling and poor grammer isn't important - of course it can make a good story
great when everything clicks into place perfectly and every aspect smacks of precision. But surely
the ethos of ABCtales is to ensure the good become great through encouragement and guidance - not
nit-picking and arrogance. I'm sure the well-trained eye can find many errors in this little
rant and I apologise if they offend. In fact, no, I do not apologise. Tough! Read something else.