Waiting for inspiration is like waiting for friends. If you sit around the house and don't go out and meet them, they will never come. You have to make things happen. Writing is an active occupation, not a passive one.
-- Judy Delton
Welcome to the newly revised The Writer's Den Guidelines. Please read over these guidelines carefully, thank you.
Submitting Your Story
- All files must come as an attached file. If this is not possible, you may send it in the email directly. If you do this, please break up your story. For example: Your story is 5 parts -- send the five parts as a different email.
- You must send files as: TXT (with line breaks), RTF, MS Word, Word Perfect or HTML. No other file formats WILL BE ACCEPTED! If you require special formatting, I suggest using MS WORD or Word Perfect. Later versions (say Word 7 and Word Perfect 7) include a HTML converter right in the word processor, use that. It will format your story for you and it saves me time.
- Please put a blank space between paragraphs.
- Do not include any special formatting. If you wish to have special formatting. If you require special formatting, please convert the story yourself.
- Break down your story into parts. It was required, but no longer. Short stories are generally no more than 7,000 words. Anything longer is called a novella or novel. Those types have chapters. :)
- Include a disclaimer. Example Unless you really want to get sued (not that it'll happen, but you may tick off a producer or something -- and it covers my butt).
- Include a synopsis or short summary of your story within the story itself. Example
- At the end of your story, include either a "The End" or "To Be Continued" along with your name and email.
- Proofread your work. I'll correct misspellings and some grammatical errors, but that is it.
- Please include at the beginning of the story if there is any violence, sex scenes, language whatever.
Send Story Submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Short FAQ
Sending story...what should I include?
Include your name, email address and short summary (don't forget the story). All this should be included within the story itself.
If you don't do this, your story won't be published.
I want some special formatting done...?
Please understand that black on white is best thing possible for stories. I use the standard Times New Roman font for the stories. If you want a different font, ask me. Usually Arial, Verdana, Helvectia and Times New Roman are the most commonly used fonts. Anything else is considered 'inappropriate' (don't ask... it's one of those dos and don'ts things of web design).
I just remember something in my story...
Don't even THINK of asking me to re-write your story. If you want to change it, send me a whole new version of it. (All new versions must abide the new 'guidelines.')
I sent my story to you, but it has been added yet...
This either means I don't have the time at moment or there is a problem: send me email. I try to get stuff up as fast as I can, but remember, that I'm a very busy person. So PLEASE BE patient.
Can I add pictures, sounds to my story?
Sounds: If I have them in MIDI format and the file isn't too big (under 35k) I'll place it on the page. Pictures: No.
Can I have my story removed?
Of course. But why? Probably not my place to ask. I'll remove it the first chance I get. It may take a few days to get it fully removed from the archive. It may reside on the server for a period of up to two weeks.
Tips on Grammar
The its vs. it's war.
Its is a possessive pronoun. For Ex. The dog wagged its tail.
It's is a contraction of IT IS. For Ex. It's time to go.
Your vs. You're
Your is a possessive pronoun. For Ex. That is your toy.
You're is a contraction for YOU ARE For Ex. You're such a ham.
Whose vs. Who's
Whose is a possessive pronoun. For Ex. Whose toy is that?
Who's is a contraction for WHO IS. For Ex. Who's coming to dinner?
There vs. Their and both of them vs They're
There is an adverb, noun. For Ex. There are just too many guidelines
There is a possessive pronoun. For Ex. Hollywood Video has their own website now.
They're is a contraction for THEY ARE. For Ex. They're staying over tonight.
Two vs. To vs Too
Two is quantity. For Ex. There are two apples.
To is a prepositioin. For Ex. I'm going to the store.
Too is addition. For Ex. I want to come too.
A lot is two words. For Ex. There is a lot snow outside my house right now.
... vs. .......
Okay, when ending a phrase with the "..." YOU SHOULD ONLY USE 3 "..." not "............"
Some Writing Tips
Every time someone else speaks, start a new paragraph.
All punctuation for dialog goes in between the quotation marks. For Ex. "Can I come with you?" Lee asked.
Paragraphs. Try to keep them as short as you possibly can. They are hard to read on screen.
Use the spell/grammar checker on your word processor, it's there for a good reason.
When a character thinks to him/herself, don't use quotation marks. You can put thoughts in ITALICS. Use "*" at the beginning and at the end of the thought.
There many other errors that I cannot list here. However, look into buying a book called, Write Right by Jan Venolia. It's a quick guide to punctuation, grammar and style. It's very helpful.
Write Right by Jan Venolia
Published by Ten Speed Press and Periwinkle Press
Some Writing Terms You Should Know
Alternative -- This means same sex relationships. The stories are enhanced to a point of being damn near XXX rating.
Slash' -- This refers to same sex relationships as well, referring to guy/guy stories (for ex. Kirk and Spock getting it on with another).
Subtext -- An act or a touch or a saying that can be interpreted in a sexual manner.
Uber Stories -- Uber in German, means "super." Generally refers to the characters being placed in the future.
Hurt/Comfort -- Involves at least one of the major characters in a life or death situation and the healing/comforting process that follows.
Novelette -- A short novel.
Vignette -- A very short, but complete story.
Mary Sue -- We all have Mary Sue's in our stories (most of the time). Generally the person that makes the greatest impression, but usually ends up deader than a door nail by story's end.
There are many more terms. But since I do carry Xena Fan Fiction I should cover what most of the stories are.
The ideas reflected in the Xena: Warrior Princess fan fiction doesn't necessarily reflect how the webmaster of this SITE feels about the series/characters. Don't assume anything! The subtext is an audacious gag to me that was purely unintentional. And it was unintential. The web played a big part in the producers pushing this gag. And I'll admit it ... it is sometimes funny.
This sums it up for the guidelines. I hope everything was understandable. Happy writing!!
All stories published in this archive are copyrighted to the respective owners. All characters and TV series are copyrighted to the respective studios and producers. The Writer's Den makes no claim to hold a copyright on stories published in this archive. It is utlimately up the author to place a disclaimer on the story. Fan Fiction Archives CAN NOT be held accountable for the failure of the author's to comply to these rule and CAN NOT be held accountable for any wrongful doing on the author's part.
Anything that is written by the authors doesn't not necessarily reflect the views of the Staff of The Writer's Den. We do are best to ensure safe surfing. We only promote stories, art and poems and other fan related items that are in good taste and are within the 'general' realm of the TV series or character of which it is based upon.
This is a general disclaimer and it is subject to change. All rules and guidelines are subject to change.
As the "Senior Editor" of The Writer's Den, I reserve the right the remove any story, poem or artwork at anytime with or without prior notice to the creator of the work. I have the right to refuse to post any story, poem or artwork that I deem 'inappropriate' for this website. All authors have the right to appeal my decision. I AM GOD, MY DECISION IS FINAL (I'm kidding ... guys ... really.) Basically, if it didn't happen in the series, then you probably shouldn't write about it. This MEANS that I will not accept ANY alternative works (alternative? huh? okay... meaning no Tiffany and Julie involved in a torrid love affair with one another. You may hint at it, but don't mention it. Same rule applies to the very popular "Xena: Warrior Princess" nothing more than what is shown in the series.
Try to keep your works PG-13 :)