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The Fan Fiction Rules - Read Me~

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by Psychic, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Jersey Jimmy

    Jersey Jimmy WORST PERSON EVER

    Walls of text? Ew. Ew. I'd never even consider something like that. I try my hardest to keep all of my stories well-formatted and easily readable. I'd say I could do three chapters a post until they eventually become long enough to drop to two, then one per post.

    And thanks for the welcome! Hopefully you guys don't think I suck at this... hehe oh Arceus please let my stories be good.
  2. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant

    Actually, I think I found the fic in question, and it looks like you write (on average) four pages per chapter early on. Given that our minimum's two pages per chapter, you pretty much have nothing to worry about. The two-pagers can be posted separately as well because the majority of your work already fulfills our minimum.

    On that note, because you actually do meet our minimum requirements for page counts, I'd hate to say it, but this is actually a case where you'd run into another rule of ours about one post = one chapter. D: Sorry about that! If your chapters were shorter than two pages long but were still okay to post, I would've probably been okay with the idea of letting you post a bunch of tiny chapters in one go, but because you're actually good on the minimum requirement...!

    (Sorry to sound a bit anal there. x_x Because you average four pages per chapter, while I don't think you'd hit our character limits—because yeeeeep we have one of those due to the other forums and the shenanigans they get up to—there's always the possibility of running into that issue. That and, like I said, it's just easier for folks to read if you kept them separate. *nod*)

    But haha, good to hear you understand about walls o' text. ;D
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2015
  3. Jersey Jimmy

    Jersey Jimmy WORST PERSON EVER

    Wait, One Big Conspiracy, right? You're saying those dinky little chapters that start the story off double the requirement?! That's... that's impossible. If so... Jeezus, I can only imagine how many pages the penultimate chapter is in Word (I used Google Docs for every chapter from Fourteen on).
  4. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant

    Haha, the minimum requirement's actually pretty low and easy to achieve (~if you put your mind to it~ ... *cues Sailor Moon Says music*) precisely so that most people can hit it without much of a problem. It's pretty much so low that not writing enough to make it either means you were really trying or not even trying at all in anything regarding your fic. That's why it's actually one of those rules folks shouldn't really worry about. XD
  5. Jersey Jimmy

    Jersey Jimmy WORST PERSON EVER

    Ah. Maybe I should lower my expectations for things, then. And if you read any of the story, what did you think of it?
  6. Blackjack Gabbiani

    Blackjack Gabbiani Clearly we're great!

    I'm pretty sure some chapters of Obsession were only about half a page long. How did they get past that?
  7. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant

    First and foremost, are you absolutely certain that some chapters are only about half a page long? Some folks think that their work is very short, when in actuality, it absolutely meets our requirements without a problem. Like I said, the bar is set pretty low for a reason.

    Second, as I've said before, there are a couple of factors that go into whether or not a fic is passable. If most of your chapters meet our requirement, we generally let the odd short chapter here and there slide. This goes especially if your fic is passable in terms of quality anyway. Likewise, if your fic is passable in terms of quality from the get-go and if the shortness of each chapter is just part of the style of the fic, then we also tend to be lenient. The rule is in place to push people to take their time with their chapters and create enjoyable content that they've proofread and edited properly.
  8. AmericanPi

    AmericanPi Write on

    Just pointing out that the sentence in bold should be changed - if I remember correctly, recently the rules were changed so that people could post in Completed Fics. I'm not sure, though.
  9. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant

    Good eye! I've just gone ahead and fixed it up. Thanks for pointing that out. :D
  10. Dust_monster

    Dust_monster Scribbler

    Hey there!
    Got a question regarding links in stories.

    In future chapters of my fic, I was intending to link to youtube videos where "background music" could play, like say, during a Pokemon battle. Said link would just be there in the middle of the chapter (when it's intended to be played as background music, or mood music, for the ongoing chapter.) Is this kind of practice allowed?

    Haven't seen any clear-cut rules about that, so thanks for clarifying.
  11. Negrek

    Negrek Lost but Seeking

    It's fine. People do that all the time.
  12. Psychic

    Psychic Really and truly

    Hey all, just wanted to let you know that the following has been added under rule #2 under the Rules for Readers section:

    This has kind of always gone without saying, but we recently felt the need to officially add it to the rules. Thanks for reading!

    ~The fic moderating team
  13. Case Azula

    Case Azula Hades's Assassin

    How do i post additional chapters?
  14. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant


    You can post them in separate posts in your story's thread. Feel free to check out other fics around the forum for examples.

    Hope that helps!
  15. Case Azula

    Case Azula Hades's Assassin

    It does help! Thanks!
  16. Polipuff

    Polipuff Artisan of Words

    Hi. I'm new. How can I post something to help other authors? (It's not advice but a character sheet that you can fill out, specifically for pokemon fanfictions. I made it myself btw.) Thanks.
  17. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant

    Hey there! Welcome to the forums, and thanks for the upcoming content! ;D

    There are a couple places where you're free to throw in something advice-like. The Authors' Cafe is the place where all writing-related discussion, including threads for tips and whatnot. There's also a dedicated advice thread, Advice for Aspiring Authors. Either way, please note that we kinda frown on linking to external sites around these parts (it's advertising and all), so if you can simply copy and paste that character sheet, that'd be great. b)'')b If not (like, if it's actually a form made with Javascript or what-have-you), Iiiiii'll go talk to the other mods to see how best to handle that.

    I'd personally recommend going with The Authors' Cafe over AfAA, as that'll open your thread up to not only discussion of your character sheet (i.e., if folks can think of anything you might've missed, they can toss in suggestions and whatnot) but also allow folks to fill the sheet out themselves, which would then turn it into a rather fun board activity. The AfAA, meanwhile, is more for instances where you're like, "Here's what you need to focus on when creating your characters, and here is an accompanying character sheet as a kind of learning exercise." Which is totally cool too but less interactive. *nod*

    Hope something in this tl;dr helps. XD Welcome again, and looking forward to that sheet~!
  18. Polipuff

    Polipuff Artisan of Words

    Thanks. I will probably do that sometime next week.
  19. JX Valentine

    JX Valentine Ever-Discordant

    Hello, all! The mods have come together to draft another change to the rules, this time under General Rules:

    Technically speaking, this is an expansion on what was actually there beforehand, to add a bit more clarification and specifics. The first paragraph of this change in particular brings in a few new points, so please be sure to read it carefully. As always, feel free to ask questions if need be.

    Thanks for reading!
  20. Negrek

    Negrek Lost but Seeking

    Hmm, I'm a little unclear as to whether these are rules-rules or more like guidelines? Like, most of the first post is stuff that's actually enforceable by mod action, whether it's an infraction or thread closure, but these changes seem a bit more fuzzy. Like, would you actually infract someone for putting, "Please review, guys, it really means a lot to me" in their author's notes? I get that people bemoaning a lack of reviews all the time can get annoying and, sure, it's "bad manners," but unless it's something a person does a lot outside their 'fic thread even after being told to stop it doesn't seem like an actionable offense. If it's not an actionable offense, maybe clarify that in the paragraph itself, or put it in AAA or something if it's more a politeness thing and not a moderation issue.

    Likewise, the paragraph about how to respond to reviews... it seems kind of weird to take a hard line on how people should respond to criticism? Outside the general rules of being courteous and respectful to the reviewer, whether you agree with their advice or not, I don't think people are in any way obligated to learn from or put into practice anything given as feedback. Leaving aside bad or outright inaccurate advice, if people really refuse to learn how to punctuate dialogue, I guess that's their prerogative, but it doesn't seem like something worth giving them a talking-to about, much less an infraction. It also seems like it would be difficult to determine whether someone was properly reflecting on and implementing criticism--like, what if it just takes them a really long time to figure out dialogue punctuation, even with help? Again, would not properly putting into practice someone's review be an infractable offense, and if so, how would you actually define that? If not, maybe it's more appropriate for some general advice about how to handle criticism, but perhaps not the rules thread.

    Not sure how much of this is an actual change since I can't see the original, but that kind of stuck out to me.

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