[admin post] [sticky entry] Admin Post: Sticky: Feedback and suggestions

Mar. 18th, 2014 09:59 am
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Hi folks, a very rare mod post.

I’m not sure if this has been done before or not, so I thought that it would be good for us to have a feedback and suggestions post.

This is where you all tell me what is working, what isn’t working and anything else in-between, and although I aren’t screening comments, you can also PM me about anything related to the community at any time.

Mod contact info — I will get around to changing the mod contact info on the profile page because I’m not certain if the people named as contacts for the community are actively using Dreamwidth anymore.

Tags — I’m going to leave the tags alone for the time being but I would like to tidy them up a bit because there are several that haven’t been used for a long time and I still need to figure out what to do with those.

Over to you.

[sticky entry] Sticky: Useful posts!

Jan. 9th, 2011 06:28 pm
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samuraiter: (Default)
[personal profile] samuraiter
*coughs* I missed two days. Inexcusable. But let us say that this post covers the entire weekend. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Standard Sunday question: What are your projects for this week, if any?
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[personal profile] samuraiter
"Well, it's useless to be popular with the enemy."
— Bowman Jean, Star Ocean: The Second Story

What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: What is the worst grammar goof that ever got past you (and your betas)?
samuraiter: (Default)
[personal profile] samuraiter
"You turn the page, you wash your hands. You turn the page, you wash your hands."
Rocko's Modern Life

What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question for today: Do you ever flip a coin, roll a die, etc. when you are not sure what you should do next in a story?
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[personal profile] samuraiter
Another hurricane. And another. And another. My heart is with you if you are in path of any of them. ... Hurricanes aside, what have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

A relevant question: How many different ways do you back up or save your writing for the long term?
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[personal profile] samuraiter
I am going to use the Force here: You did notice that I missed a check-in for yesterday. *waves hand* There. Now! Let us continue. I will be your host for the rest of this month, and I look forward to ending September on a high note. What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

And a silly question to start things off: Do you do hand exercises at your keyboard before (or after) writing?
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[personal profile] lilly_c
It's time to sign up for the October WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of September.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


Copypaste below:



I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)
disgruntled_owl: annoyed owl (Default)
[personal profile] disgruntled_owl
How is your weekend going?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Today I

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wrote
3 (42.9%)

edited
1 (14.3%)

posted
1 (14.3%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
2 (28.6%)

took a break
2 (28.6%)

dealt with life
3 (42.9%)



When did you first start writing fanfic? What was your first fandom?
disgruntled_owl: annoyed owl (Default)
[personal profile] disgruntled_owl
Happy Friday!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


Today I

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wrote
2 (66.7%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (33.3%)

planned
1 (33.3%)

took a break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
0 (0.0%)



Feel free to post a snippet of something you’re working on, ask for help, or vent about something challenging in your writing. The weekend's almost here!
disgruntled_owl: annoyed owl (Default)
[personal profile] disgruntled_owl
How is writing, planning/researching, or editing going today?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


Today I

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wrote
2 (33.3%)

edited
1 (16.7%)

posted
1 (16.7%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (16.7%)

planned
4 (66.7%)

took a break
1 (16.7%)

dealt with life
3 (50.0%)



What’s your favorite book (or books!) about how to be a better writer?
disgruntled_owl: annoyed owl (Default)
[personal profile] disgruntled_owl
We’ve made it to Wednesday! If the first part of your week was super busy, I hope the second part provides more time and space to write.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


Today I

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wrote
1 (20.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
2 (40.0%)

took a break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
3 (60.0%)


I’ve been making super slow progress on a fic synposis. I’m trying to lay out all of its pieces before I turn it into prose, but I wish I could get to the actual writing! How do you approach projects? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
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[personal profile] disgruntled_owl
How is your writing going today?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


Today I

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wrote
1 (20.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (20.0%)

took a break
1 (20.0%)

dealt with life
3 (60.0%)


What are you working on this week?
disgruntled_owl: annoyed owl (Default)
[personal profile] disgruntled_owl
The summer is drawing to a close, and work, school, and regular life are back in swing. How does this affect your writing?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Today I

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wrote
3 (42.9%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (14.3%)

planned
2 (28.6%)

took a break
1 (14.3%)

dealt with life
3 (42.9%)


Do you typically write your stories from a particular point of view (first, second, or third person)? Do you switch it up depending on the fandom or the length of the story?


disgruntled_owl: annoyed owl (Default)
[personal profile] disgruntled_owl

Hope you're having a great weekend! How's the writing going?



Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


Today I

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wrote
1 (25.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (25.0%)

took a break
1 (25.0%)

dealt with life
2 (50.0%)

What helps you get in the mood to write? Music? A great hot beverage? Something else special?


lilly_c: (Default)
[personal profile] lilly_c
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


Today I

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wrote
2 (50.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
2 (50.0%)



Feel free to share a snippet of something that you're working on, link to something that you've posted. Ask for any help that you're needing - beta, alpha, fact checker etc.
lilly_c: (Default)
[personal profile] lilly_c
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


Today I

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wrote
2 (40.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (20.0%)

planned
1 (20.0%)

had a cheeky break
1 (20.0%)

dealt with life
2 (40.0%)



Discussion: what are you working on this weekend?
lilly_c: (Default)
[personal profile] lilly_c
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Today I

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wrote
3 (42.9%)

edited
1 (14.3%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (14.3%)

planned
1 (14.3%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
3 (42.9%)



Discussion. distractions. What are your biggest distractions from writing?
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[personal profile] lilly_c
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


Today I

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wrote
7 (70.0%)

edited
2 (20.0%)

posted
2 (20.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
2 (20.0%)

planned
3 (30.0%)

had a cheeky break
1 (10.0%)

dealt with life
2 (20.0%)



Discussion: challenge deadlines. Are good at meeting deadlines? Do ask for extensions? Do you ever drop out of challenges?
lilly_c: (Default)
[personal profile] lilly_c
Sorry I missed yesterday, I got too involved with editing a fic. How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Today I

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wrote
2 (28.6%)

edited
1 (14.3%)

posted
1 (14.3%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (14.3%)

had a cheeky break
4 (57.1%)

dealt with life
1 (14.3%)



Discussion: editing. How much editing do you do before you post?
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[personal profile] lilly_c
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


Today I

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wrote
4 (40.0%)

edited
3 (30.0%)

posted
1 (10.0%)

researched
1 (10.0%)

planned
1 (10.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
5 (50.0%)

dealt with life
2 (20.0%)



Discussion: what are you working on this week?
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[personal profile] samuraiter
The real question of the day is what happened to Day 1. The answer: It got devoured by my search for a new tablet. -_- But I now have that, so the show may continue. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Today, being Saturday, is traditionally the day for posting snippets and the like.

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