Someone in my local writing group submitted a short story, and it's one of the worst things I've ever read. The subject matter is unsettling in ways that are almost illegal to discuss, and besides that, it's just horribly written. Like, bad grammar, bad diction, zero plot. It's like revenge-porn-wish-fulfillment, like if Frank Castle worked on SVU and was also a demon. But that actually sounds kinda awesome, whereas I had to force myself to read this a second time to do all the basic editing.

I'm not the leader of the group, so I can't just unilaterally ban the writer. And in general the group has been pretty positive-focused and constructive, even when someone's stuff is terrible. But this is a whole new level of terrible, and I'm not sure how to convey that in the group (yes, I'm a bit of a snob, but I read a lot and I have high standards). I'm thinking about writing the group leader and voicing my concerns, but I haven't done that, and I'd almost prefer to do it in the group, face to face, because I like to be forthright.

Anyone ever run into a similar situation?

Source: reddit post


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