Annie Sawyer's Ideas: "How's my driving?"
What is “How’s My Driving”?
"How’s My Driving?” is any constructive criticism that helps a writer improve their writing and how their character is written. It’s initially a way to help players improve small grammatical errors, their pacing, or sentence structure. The idea of “How’s My Driving?” comes in to help roleplayers improve as writers. I’ve seen it used on dreamwidth, livejournal, and invisionfree. And from what I’ve seen, it helps a boatload.
How would one go about doing, “How’s My Driving?”
Simple enough. The easiest way to do this would be to make a post on the main, asking the players who would like to participate to like the post. On the permissions post, the directions would be placed. Then, you really just get the ball rolling and help one another out. See what I mean by simple?
What are the directions?
For those who want to participate, the task would be as simple as turning on anonymous. Once they’ve done that, they would have the choice of whether or not they would like to critique their fellow players annonymously (with what they’ve seen from their posts) or merely receive the criticism themselves. Maybe it’s because of their excessive use of commas or random sentence splices? Possibly, it’s criticism having to do with a character completely derailing from their bio? What ever the issue is, it MUST be constructive, helpful, and honest.
"How’s my driving?" is not a something created for hate or drama. It is there to help writers improve on their writing — something I believe roleplay really is for, other than a bit of fun. By receiving feedback from other people, people are able to notice their weaknesses in their writing. I have seen many roleplays and their admins stating their want to help their players become better writers. So, I’ve decided to share something that could. Hopefully, some of you will take from the idea and use it in your own groups. It’s an idea I’ve seen used to make great writers out of good writers. Who knows — maybe it could even help you?