I’m not an excellent writer. However, this does not mean there aren’t people who suck worse than I do, and it certainly doesn’t mean I can’t recognize writing bullshit when I see it.

One such instance of what I would call “bullshit” would be Amy Sterling Casil’s Hardcore Critique Guidelines. The first time I came across this page, I thought it was some kind of sarcastic joke, a clever satire of what most people think is important when it comes to writing. I was sadly proven totally, totally wrong, and humanity in general just got another five points off its score. And it was doing so well, too, what with Obama’s election and all.

Now to examine just why Amy Sterling Casil has no idea what she’s talking about.