Things to check before posting a story here.

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There are some good guides on here for people who are beginning writing a story. (http://www.adisc.org/forum/stories-progress/1846-how-write-good-story.html) But what if you’ve already written a story? Naturally you’re excited to share it with other members here. And of course you want to receive good and constructive feedback, and for your story to be judged on it’s quality and content.

However, sometimes other factors will get in the way of people judging your story on the right things. The most common ‘mistakes’ people make when posting a story are: Including inappropriate content, poor spelling/grammar and not formatting the text appropriately.

To try and make sure your finished story is judged on its quality and content, here is a quick checklist to run over before you post your story here.


What to check before posting a story here:


1) Ensure that your story follows the rules (posted here). Stories with explicit sexual content, or overly graphic descriptions of using diapers etc are not permitted. If necessary edit your story to remove any inappropriate content.


2) Check your work with a spellchecker to pick up on any spelling errors. If you know you have problems with spelling and grammar then consider asking a friend to proof-read or even edit your work for you.


3) Proof read your story at least once to check that everything makes sense. Are you character's actions and motives clear? Are all events plausible in the context of your story? Has everything been explained? If you think something might not be clear to the reader, add in some more detail to make sure that it is.


4) Ensure that your story is not a ‘wall of text.’ This means making sure there is a blank line between each paragraph, which is essential on the internet. If you don’t break up your paragraphs then it can become very difficult for the reader to follow on a computer screen, and they will likely not bother.


5) Ensure that you have formatted any dialogue correctly. This is one of the most common mistakes that people make. Every time the person speaking changes you must start a new paragraph. This means some paragraphs may only be a few words long, but that is fine.

So, for example:

“Jordan, dinner’s ready!” Mom called from downstairs. “Okay Mom, coming!” I shouted back down to her, closing the chat window on my computer. I went over to my closet to get a jumper, it was always cold in the kitchen. I pulled it on over my head. “Jordan, get down here now! Your dinner’s getting cold!” Mom called down again, she has no patience. “On my way,” I shouted as I ran down the stairs, taking them two at a time.
Should read:

“Jordan, dinner’s ready!” Mom called from downstairs.

“Okay Mom, coming!” I shouted back down to her, closing the chat window on my computer. I went over to my closet to get a jumper, it was always cold in the kitchen. I pulled it on over my head.

“Jordan, get down here now! Your dinner’s getting cold!” Mom called down again. She has no patience.

“On my way,” I shouted as I ran down the stairs, taking them two at a time.

6) Accept that you may receive constructive criticism or otherwise receive feedback different to that which you hoped for. Take this feedback away with you and use it to help you to improve your future writing. If you don't think you can accept criticism along with praise then you may wish to reconsider whether you wish to post your story here!


When all that is done you should be ready to post your story, and hopefully to receive comments which reflect the quality and quantity of your work rather than those which are mainly pointing out errors.

Finally, once your story is posted do make sure to come back and thank the people who comment for their feedback!
 
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