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Let's (Finally) Get to Pinning a "About" Thread:

 1 chihuahua 0, Wed, 21st Dec '11 3:18:14 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
It's about time we set up an "About" thread for Writer's Block. On-Topic already has one, Yack Fest already has one, and pretty much every major forum has one.

Cygan Angel wrote one a few months ago, but I lost track of it. However, I don't think it's long enough.

So, I present a rough draft that I had literally written while writing this post:

Writer's Block is the sub-forum for writers. Despite the name, this sub-forum can be consider a way to chip away "writer's block"...or as a procrastination device. Your choice.

Here, you can talk about being a writer, talk about and post your story, critique other stories, ask questions, discuss the craft—in short, discuss writing in general from a writer's perspective.


General Discussion Threads:

  • Writer's Block Daily: The most permanent and prominent discussion thread in Writer's Block. Updates about your writing can go here, although minor derails about writing are allowed and encouraged.
  • Random Questions Thread: Have a question that you don't think deserves its own thread and Google isn't spitting out an answer? This is the place.
  • General Writer's Block Thread: The darkhorse of the bunch. It serves the purpose of the former two, but with looser rules.


Critique Threads:

  • Troper Critique Thread: Want a critique as soon as possible and not concerned with quality? Drop your story here. Critiques aren't guaranteed, but this thread is good for short pieces.
  • Uncle Drunkie's Writer/Critic Dating Service: Want a beta reader for your longer piece? Write up a ad, and wait for a PM to arrive in your Mailbox. Someone is sure to be interested in your work.


Other Threads with Wiki Pages:

  • Character Development Thread: This is a closed-setting free-form shared-story thread where your character can interact with other characters within a loose set of rules. No sign-up, no GM, just drop in.
  • The Fear Mythos: A collaborative Alternate Reality Game spanning dozen of blogs. The mythos is centered around "Fears", Eldritch Abominations that will never die.
  • TV Tropes Writing Contests: Held periodically, these contests are based around submitting short stories based on a theme. Judges volunteer themselves off the forum. Reward? Bragging rights (and possibly a t-shirt).

Thoughts? Did I forget anything? Is there anywhere where I can make it shorter?

edited 21st Dec '11 3:20:40 PM by chihuahua0

I think it'd be good to make clear the distinction between Writer's Block and Word Building somewhere in there.

Rabid Fujoshi
That's a good point.
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 4 Psycho Frea X, Wed, 21st Dec '11 3:55:56 PM from Transcended Humanity
Yay we're well on our way to filling half of the first page with pinned threads.
Rabid Fujoshi
[up]Was that being sarcastic?

I think we need etiquette rules and rules about what kind of threads are allowed.
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 6 Psycho Frea X, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:00:43 PM from Transcended Humanity
 7 Schitzo, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:01:43 PM from Akumajou Dracula Relationship Status: LA Woman, you're my woman
TvT
Rolling updates also.
ALL CREATURE WILL DIE AND ALL THE THINGS WILL BE BROKEN. THAT'S THE LAW OF SAMURAI.
 8 chihuahua 0, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:08:35 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
I can do rolling updates. Personally, I want to be the one to post this thread, since I'm sure I'll be here for a while. If not, a mod can always take over.

So, suggestions for rules? We may have to make multiple posts for this thread.

I like things so far. smile

 10 Noir Grimoir, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:18:07 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
  • 1. Be polite, friendly and encouraging.
  • 2. Discussion and critique is encouraged, but never make it personal, stick to the topic or piece of work at hand. Conversely, be objective about a subject of your work, a mere expression of dislike or disagreement on a topic is not reflective of that person's opinion of you.
  • 3. Where necessary agree to disagree to keep the peace. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
  • 4. We are loose about brief thread derails, but if a topic seems to be garnering a lot of discussion, please move that discussion to a new thread so the old thread can get back on track.

That's what I got so far.
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 11 chihuahua 0, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:26:43 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
For World Building:

World Building is Writer's Block sister forum. If you want to discuss specific settings, and elements of it, you can go there.

How about that?

edited 21st Dec '11 4:26:55 PM by chihuahua0

 12 Noir Grimoir, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:27:23 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
Short and sweat, sounds fine to me.
SPATULA, Supporters of Page Altering To Urgently Lead to Amelioration (supports not going through TRS for tweaks and minor improvements.)
read
Should we mention author threads, or are those too numerous?
oddly
 14 Noir Grimoir, Wed, 21st Dec '11 4:45:12 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
Oh, The "What's a good name for this?" thread should be on there.

edited 21st Dec '11 4:45:22 PM by NoirGrimoir

SPATULA, Supporters of Page Altering To Urgently Lead to Amelioration (supports not going through TRS for tweaks and minor improvements.)
^^ I still propose there be another section just so authors can share their work — without being jumbled amongst numerous brainstorming threads.

 16 Noir Grimoir, Wed, 21st Dec '11 5:05:13 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
I think there should be a whole subforum for that.
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 17 nrjxll, Wed, 21st Dec '11 5:06:59 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up][up]I personally think that would be best done with some kind of subforum, though that's not really an option at present.

Or maybe we should make a thread where people can create links to their published (meaning "put up anywhere it can be read") works?

edited 21st Dec '11 5:07:08 PM by nrjxll

read
Most people already have it in their signatures, I believe, not that that amounts to much.
oddly
 19 chihuahua 0, Wed, 21st Dec '11 5:14:35 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
[up][up] That's a good idea.

I'm really hesitant on linking threads that aren't pinned or don't have a wiki page. We'll either crowd the post (concise is the word) or we end up having dead links. Plus, there's the whole issue of what threads are notable or not.

But it's your guys call.

 20 nrjxll, Wed, 21st Dec '11 5:20:57 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up][up]Particularly for those of us who have forum gingerbread disabled.

read
Yeah, prolly best to avoid the author threads as a whole.
oddly
No. A new section (like Writer's Block, World Building) for works still seems reasonable.

 23 nrjxll, Wed, 21st Dec '11 5:49:07 PM Relationship Status: Not war
It would, however, require some effort on Fast Eddie's part. I think a single thread collecting links to all works that can be read might be a good substitute in the meantime, or if he's not interested.

 24 Eldritch Blue Rose, Wed, 21st Dec '11 6:13:40 PM from A Really Red Room
The Puzzler
[up] He seemed to have made that Media Recommendations subforum fairly easily, so why not a Writing Works subforum?

edited 21st Dec '11 6:13:56 PM by EldritchBlueRose

So now I know that my lack of success in college is due to ADD — or sleep apnea. I need to do a sleep study some time.
 25 Noir Grimoir, Wed, 21st Dec '11 6:20:09 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
Someone could ask on the tech wishlist on behalf of the Writer's Block community.
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