Taylz user voices

The reviewing process here on Taylz is user friendly and extremely constructive. I can’t wa...

The reviewing process here on Taylz is user friendly and extremely constructive. I can’t wait to post one of my own stories.

Cameron Pittman - Boulder, USA

What a great idea! A genuinely wonderful resource for writers – both to read and comment on...

What a great idea! A genuinely wonderful resource for writers – both to read and comment on other writer’s stories and to have their own stories critiqued – and all so fast!

Daniel Gustin - London

When I first read an article about Taylz, I was quite interested to see how it worked. Then I sta...

When I first read an article about Taylz, I was quite interested to see how it worked. Then I started using the site, and have become progressively more excited about it. Each time I submit a story, or a new version of a story, it becomes more finely tuned, and for the first time I’m starting to feel like my stories are reaching the level I want them to be at. It’s a measurable, achievable improvement each time, with the review format ensuring that feedback is comprehensive, honest, and above all, very helpful. There is also the pleasure of being among the first to read some really great fiction from other authors. I wouldn’t just recommend Taylz as a useful tool for any short story writer, I would say it is essential.

AMouthfulofStardust - Australia

Receiving feedback from a wide range of readers in a guided manner is immensely valuable. The fac...

Receiving feedback from a wide range of readers in a guided manner is immensely valuable. The fact that they are not friends means they do not have to spare your feelings so their appraisals are honest.

Reviewing a variety of other genres and styles of writing also makes you aware of what works and doesn’t work.

The format of the Taylz programme is easy to understand and operate and should you encounter a problem and submit an email with a query, it is promptly answered.

An amazing free resource for writers trying to make a start.

Marie - Northern Ireland

Taylz reviews can make or spoil my day, but they are nearly always thorough. I find picking apar...

Taylz reviews can make or spoil my day, but they are nearly always thorough. I find picking apart others’ work using the survey format really helps me think about my own work too. Can’t recommend it enough, although you need to leave your ego at the door.

Abel - NSW, Australia

I’ve posted 14 short stories on Taylz, which have garnered 75 reviews between them. These r...

I’ve posted 14 short stories on Taylz, which have garnered 75 reviews between them. These range from high praise to virulent dislike, though most are in between. All the reviews I’ve received, however, have been helpful, and a few have been genuinely illuminating, pointing me towards changes in the story that improve it immeasurably. I like to think that the process is making me a better writer. The requirement to review another’s work to get a credit, which you then use to obtain a review to one of your own stories, is a great way to ensure that you, as a writer, retain a sense of proportion. Some of the stories you’ll see as a reviewer will not be your cup of tea, and it’s a good exercise to think outside your comfort zone and give theses stories as helpful a review as possible. Most of the stories I’ve read are as good, or better, than my own and some are very good indeed. There have been a couple that I’ve considered to be stinkers, and one review I submitted was, in retrospect, unkind. Looking back on that review and considering the feelings of the writer has made me resolve to try, even if I dislike the story, to be constructive in my criticism. I would guess that I don’t always succeed in the eyes of the writer reading my review, but I try.

Ross Burton - Stirling, Scotland

I discovered Taylz at the end of last year and it has changed my writing life. I have gone from h...

I discovered Taylz at the end of last year and it has changed my writing life. I have gone from hurriedly producing, maybe, two short stories a year to writing almost every day. I feel that I am part of a worldwide community of writers. The reviews I have received are so helpful, and this has given me the confidence to enter competitions and to send my stories to magazines. Belonging to Taylz makes me think that even I can be a successful writer.

Anne - Edinburgh, Scotland

After completing the Open University’s Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing cours...

After completing the Open University’s Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing courses, which both had wonderful secure forums for all students to present and discuss each others writing, I felt lost as I had nowhere to gain feedback on my writing. I needed to feel part of that online writers ‘club’ once more and to have that ability to share my work without it being classed as published, which, as you probably know, is essential if you want to enter your work in competitions.

 Taylz was the answer to my prayers (sorry for the cliche) as it allows me to upload a story, gain valuable honest feedback/critique from other like-minded writers whilst reading and critiquing other writer’s work in return.

I cannot recommend Taylz highly enough. It is a brilliant resource for all writers, both beginners and professional.

Carl Ebdon - South Wales

Taylz has proven an excellent tool in helping writers sharpen their voices, gain insightful feedb...

Taylz has proven an excellent tool in helping writers sharpen their voices, gain insightful feedback, and be part of a true writing community. Likewise, the reviewer’s own writing benefits by recognizing what works, or doesn’t work in a story, and ultimately carrying that skill to their own editing process.

Mark Romeo - New York, NY

Taylz provides aspiring writers of short stories with two kinds of opportunities: to read and com...

Taylz provides aspiring writers of short stories with two kinds of opportunities: to read and comment on the work of other writers, and to receive honest, well-structure feedback on their own writing. I have found the range of responses from a wide variety of readers who are themselves writers to be invaluable in the development of my own output;, Such frank comment and advice is not always easy to come by.

Reviewing the stories of others has helped me to focus on key aspects of the short story. The process often alerts me to weaknesses and missed opportunities in my own writing.

Oakley - Ayrshire

Taylz is the best writing feedback site that I’ve come across on the web. I’ve made n...

Taylz is the best writing feedback site that I’ve come across on the web. I’ve made numerous changes to my stories based on the reviews I’ve received and I’m convinced this has helped in getting them published. The anonymous element is crucial to the success of Taylz and I will continue to use it in the future.

Charlie - UK

I believe that taylz is an extremely valuable addition to the welter of sites aimed at aspiring w...

I believe that taylz is an extremely valuable addition to the welter of sites aimed at aspiring writers.  It is intended for those of us who write short stories, often the medium used by many of us to hone our skills before tackling more ambitious projects.

It functions on a quid pro quo basis in that every story you review entitles you to receive a review of one of your stories.  The more you review the more you can receive reviews.  I have found a number of my stories, that I thought were pretty good, have benefitted from some really useful feedback.  If you belong to a writing group of some kind you may have found, like me, that the group’s feedback on your work, while helpful, is not always well considered or substantial.

The advantage of Taylz is that a standard feedback form is used, asking for comments on a variety of aspects of the story, which makes comparison easy and productive.

The originators of Taylz are enthusiasts and have put in a lot of time, thought and money into delivering a service that is unique and of massive help to writers.  It deserves to succeed.

Anyone thinking of joining Taylz, and it is free, should only do so if they are prepared to take the process of reviewing others work seriously.  It is not for those who seek detailed feedback on their own work but who see the review as a minimal, ‘box-ticking’ exercise.

David Hemmings - Kent

Taylz is a brilliant opportunity for novice and experienced writers to have their work launched i...

Taylz is a brilliant opportunity for novice and experienced writers to have their work launched into the world and to receive detailed, unbiased critical feedback. Perhaps more important, the review process is superb for helping writers focus on what makes – or breaks – a good story. Reviewing other writers’ work inevitably leads to numerous questions – could this story have been written more proficiently? If so, how?  How would I have written this particular story – and why? – that are of enormous help in improving a writer’s own approach.

Sofia - Devon
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