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07 November 2011 @ 07:28 pm
FAQ & Rules  
What is writerverse?

Like many other land comms, writerverse is an interactive community with teams and challenges much like whedonland and stargateland. Our central theme is creative writing - original fic, fanfiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, screen-writing, and much, much more. Challenges will primarily be individual with a mixture of team challenges and games.

We are a reinvention of the defunct community fictionland.

What kinds of things go on?

The challenges are primarily individual writing activities. We have writing prompts, skills oriented challenges (word count, critiquing, genre, themes, etc), and games (author BINGO!). The goal is not only to get you writing, but also to help sharpen your skills as a writer.

My writing is kind of private...

While we certainly understand the hesitancy, for challenge purposes, works will be made public to the comm at large - the comm itself is a closed community. If it were to be discovered that someone were stealing works, it would be grounds for immediate expulsion from the team. Just like any other comm, creative works belong to the author.

I really like to write tentacle p0rn. Is that allowed?

Yes! However, there are rules for ratings and you need to make sure you follow them. Follow those and write about octupi and women until your heart is content. The only thing not allowed is RPF.

What about works I've already written? Or that I've written for another comm?

The goal of this comm is to get you to write, not merely win challenges. While it's perfectly acceptable to write pieces that are part of a larger whole (so long as they stand on their own for the challenge), we ask that you not use items written for another comm. If something is languishing on your hard drive and you think it fits perfectly, please by all means, rework it and polish it for submission. On occasion a moderator may be willing to allow previously posted pieces (i.e. for another comm), but that will be on a per challenge basis and will be stated in the rules (so don't ask, the default answer is no).

So I'd like to join...

Great! Be sure to finish reading all the rules... Membership is always open as there is always something going on. Phases run for three months with the first phase starting December 1, 2011 (ending Feb. 2012).

How often do I need to participate?

The expectation is one challenge every two weeks. Membership is struck through regularly, so stay active and if you get overwhelmed...

I need a break!

Sometimes life gets hectic. We get that. Please go to THIS POST and let us know if you need a hiatus. You may go on hiatus for up to TWO WEEKS. If it's going to be longer, depending on how far into the phase we are, you may consider sitting out the remainder of the phase and coming back at the start of the next. The important thing is to communicate!

What if I'm inactive?

Inactivity is assessed every two weeks. While we understand that things happen, if we hear nothing and have no idea, we will remove you from the comm, at which point you will need to reapply. Please be aware - you will be removed from your team and from writerverse. At the end of each phase, we will also remove you from the Bookclub. That means you will lose access to your entries. Posting in the Bookclub is usually optional, so long as the story is posted someplace public (that can be viewed by the members of writerverse). You may delete your entries from the Bookclub at any time, so if you are purged for inactivity and wish to do this, please do so before the close of the phase. Please note: On-going, phase-long challenges (like the Table of Doom and Read and Review) do NOT count towards being active. Members must participate in regular challenges throughout the phase to be considered active.

What are sig icons/sig tags?

Points have to go to teams and it's hard if people aren't indicating what team they're a part of (it can mean extra work for the mods!). This way everyone involved wins - you have the opportunity for an extra point and we know where to allocate points. Win win! Sig tags are usually 300 wide and 200 tall. Icons are 100x100 per LJ requirements.

What are the communities associated with writerverse?

writerverse is the comm proper where challenges are posted.
wv_bookclub is our social comm where you can chat about writing and so forth
wv_library is our comm where you are allowed to post your entries for the various challenges posted in writerverse.
The two teams are team_prose and team_poetry

Posting FAQs: It's highly encouraged for shorter works to be posted in a comment in direct response to your team thread for the challenge. However, you are welcome to post your works in the Library (wv_library) if you are looking to get feedback/critique. Posting at the Library is optional. You may also post on your personal journal so long as that entry is public. Please do not post stories to The Bookclub.

Who's in charge around here?

The co-ownes are nynaeve_sedai and jennickels.
Our mods are:
Team Prose: ami_ven & slashluv18
Team Poetry: duskblue & x_disturbed_x
The Bookclub & the Library: All of the above

GENERAL RULES
1. Respect - This is the first and most important rule. Writing is a deeply personal experience, that said, putting it out there means there will be responses to it. Not only should feedback be thoughtful (that doesn't mean praise only!), but it should be phrased politely. Likewise, authors should expect honest feedback and should demonstrate grace no matter the response.

2. Feedback - We're a community of writers. Not only should we be writing, but we should be reading and we should want to see all of us excel in our art! Feedback should be thoughtful with a proper mixture of what is good and what could use improvement (and hey, maybe nothing needs improvement, wouldn't that be grand?!).

                Example:
                Good: I loved the dialogue! Their voices flowed well and I could see the two interacting exactly like that. I did struggle with your descriptions though. You said the tree was "green" but most trees are. Perhaps you could research a more concrete location and help bring it alive for the reader!

                  Bad: Ugh. I hate these two characters. (or) I really can't see this happening. (<-- lacks anything concrete to help the author).

3. Rating/Language - We use the following and allow ratings: NC-17, R, PG-13, PG, G. Anything above PG-13 should be a cut to your journal (with appropriate warnings - see more on ratings and warnings and what requires cuts HERE). Please try not to be overly vulgar in your regular socializing, we want this to be a safe place!

4. Participation - Every two weeks you must have participated in one challenge. Period. We will be vigilant and delete. If you are removed you must reapply. It's not fair to anyone if you are part of this community and fail to participate. We currently do not have a waiting period for you to reapply.

5. Spam - This is purely for challenges. Don't Spam. Period.

6. Read the rules - we make no exceptions. When a challenge ends, it ends and we're not all in the same time zone. There will be word requirements. There will be other requirements. Know your challenge and follow the rules.

7. Graphics - please use your own Photobucket or other photohosting site for banners etc. Thank you!

Still interested? JOIN HERE (and be sure to give us your favorite book/poem/play and favorite author as your passcode! This way I know you read the rules!)

Many thanks to stargateland for their amazing FAQs on which I modeled ours :)
 
 
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Kimberlyet_tu_lj on June 18th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hi, newbie question. From the rules I understand that you don't allow previously written/posted stories for challenges, which makes sense. By the way it was worded, I wasn't sure about stories that responded to multiple prompts. Is it okay to post a story written specifically for a writerverse challenge, but which is also written in response to an active prompt at another community? I pick up prompts from different places and sometimes it's the combination that inspires. I wanted to see if that was okay before the situation comes up, since I know it will at some point.
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on June 18th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
The way I've always explained it is that we want to be the original prompt. If another comm allows combinations, then you're welcome to submit your piece to their comm as well. As for combining the two...we have allowed in the past, so long as the challenges end roughly the same time (so they're running near co-currently - so if you see a prompt on the Table of Doom and a prompt elsewhere, it would be a no-go because the other challenge is ending before our challenge). But say one week you're writing a Quick Fic and you see a prompt elsewhere that enhances your story and you want to submit to both, we'd say that's in the spirit of what we're trying to do here at writerverse, which is to get people to write and get new stories out there. We're not running around policing people and we generally go by the honor principle.

We just don't want people being points focused, if that makes sense.
Delilah Draken: Aurora Borealisdelilahdraken on October 7th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Hallo there.

I have a question similar to the one asked above about using prompts that also come from different commnunities. If I were trying to write for tamingthemuse, where one gets a prompt every week and the principle of the thing is to not stop writing, would I be allowed to use said prompt for a writerverse challenge even though this writerverse challenge might run longer than the promt week at TtM?

And a second question, because I didn't see it mentioned in the rules: Is fanfiction allowed or does one need to write only original material for writerverse?
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on October 7th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
For writerverse, we do ask that we are the primary prompt supplier - so you could write for your other comm as well, but the prompt should be our prompt first (so it should be in answer to our challenge, and our challenge should be the one ending first for that reason). If the other comm doesn't have an issue with you submitting something from another comm for one of their challenges, then you would be in the all clear.

And yes, fanfiction is most certainly allowed. The only writing not allowed is RPF (you can find more information about that here.
macara on December 5th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Another Newbie question, I'm familiar with Stargate land because I live with elaiel and I am interested in joining, but I was wondering what types of challenges you have. Thanks x Macara
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on December 5th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
We have most of our challenges from Phase 1 available to view. If you go to the main comm and browse through, you'll see the earlier entries. Many of our challenges will look like those. Thanks!
rubystandish: Bleach_Winterrubystandish on December 8th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hello,

I'm new and read and read the Rules but I'm still a little confused on where to post stuff. Do I post it on my journal and then a link on the writerverse community? Or do I post the link onto my team community? Or do I just post the actual fic on the community instead of my journal?
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on December 8th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
In each challenge it will state that your options are (unless otherwise noted):

1. If short enough, you can post it in a comment directly to your team challenge thread.
2. Post it under a cut in wv_library with appropriate headers and provide a link with the appropriate submission form to your team thread within a given challenge.
3. Post it in your journal as a public entry so that it can be viewed by everyone and provide a link with the appropriate submission form to your team thread within a given challenge.
mamcumamculuna on January 26th, 2013 04:02 am (UTC)
Question about the length and size of the challenges. I just found this commmunity and really want to join, but have a very busy period coming up for the next couple of weeks. I won't have time to write anything very long right away, but really want to get started. How long must the writings be?
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on January 26th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
We generally have at least weekly Quick Fics which have a minimum of 100 words. So you can write stories of varying lengths - we try to keep it broad. Some of our members are drabble fans and others want to write epics and we want to accommodate authors of all types :)
Fictional Faerie: Empires [Tomscrunch]fictionalfaerie on March 13th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
Hey! Question~
I played a while back and ADORED it, and how it actually affected my writing and I felt like I was growing stronger, etc--- then some RL bull came up and I slacked off because the internet and my activities on it were kind of the least of my worries--- relatively sure I was purged for inactivity and whatnot...
Are there consequences to that? I'd love to rejoin now that I've sorted things out, but wasn't sure if it'd be okay since I disappeared like that...
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on March 13th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
No consequences :) We try to be laid back about it so to rejoin, fill out the application again and we'll get you squared away.
walkthatwalkwalkthatwalk on June 21st, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
Okay I have a question. I know that RPF isn't allowed, but what if I have an original verse that started off as RPF like 5 years ago? The verse has evolved so much that I am able to write scenes without any of the minor RPF that is left in the verse. Would this be allowed?
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on June 21st, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
I think we could allow it so long as none of the remaining RPF pieces are incorporated. :)
sexycazzysexycazzy on June 24th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
hi can I ask, is it okay to have my fics beta~ed before they are posted?
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on June 24th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
Absolutely!
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Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on July 5th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
Cuts are made (usually) the first of the month, with the holiday and me being due any day now, things have been a bit wonky. I'll add you again, just keep in mind for future notes that if you're on the list, cuts will happen on the 1st so if you have something, try to contact a mod to let them know! :)
Melissa: team poetry (writerverse)dreadfulpenny81 on August 3rd, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
I was cut but I just posted about two days ago. Could someone please look into this for me? Thank you!
Nynaeve Sedai: Writerverse Modnynaeve_sedai on August 3rd, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
It's possible the challenge hadn't been counted yet :) I can re-send the invites. What challenge did you submit to?