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  • Welcome to Worldsmyths!

    We are a community for fantasy writers at all stages in their writing journey. Our community centers primarily around the forums for discussion of the fantasy writing we all enjoy, our Library for members to share their fiction, member-generated writing resources, and our Discord server for faster paced discussion of writing (and of life in general). If you enjoy writing fantasy, please consider making us an online home! 

  • New Features & Changes

    It seems I got a little over excited last night and gave the go ahead to put the forum online without making sure all the permissions were good to go! My mistake, and sorry about that. Thank you to all the members who have been keeping us updated on what's working, what's glitchy, and what can be improved! Here are some highlights of some changes and features we have going on after the software switch. The Library Some of you have already begun exploring the Library! It was the main reason for our switch. You're able to copy and paste formatted text (which seems to work best from Word and only sketchily from Google Docs at the moment), and you can divide your work into chapters with the pagination feature. There are fields for author's notes, content warnings, genre, and more. And members can react to, comment on, and review your work! You can react and respond to their reviews, as well. There are a ton of great features. Clubs We have a new feature called Clubs on this software, and I'm giving it a trial run as the Restricted Section instead of having it be a forum. That way members can apply for membership in the club, and if they're 18 or older, we can accept them. I sent invites out to a couple people I noticed who were participating in the Restricted Chatter board before, but I know I didn't catch everyone. Additionally, members can apply to start their own clubs, and they come in a variety of access levels. You can allow all members to view club content, or members can see that the club exists but must join to read content, or even make the club completely invite only. This could be great for a book club or for a small critique circle. Resources We have an opportunity to build our own catalogue of writing resources here on Worldsmyths! We're looking for members to create their own guides, resource lists, and references, as well as reviewing various writing resources and sharing reflections on writing craft. For some information on what to submit, check out our Contribution Guide.

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    Donating to Worldsmyths

    Worldsmyths isn't a costly endeavor, really, but it's not free, and if you're interested in helping the site keep going or in adding new and improved features, we'd certainly appreciate donations! Here's a breakdown of the costs of running the site, keeping it up to date, and some new features that could be added. If you do choose to donate, please tell us what you want your money to go toward so we can use it appropriately! Minimum Operating Costs Hosting (Hawkhost): $3/month Domain renewal cost (namecheap): ~$10/year That's all it takes to keep us running, and we don't depend on donations for these minimum costs, but if you want to help out we appreciate it! You're also welcome to help us recoup the costs of the site upgrade if you like, but we upgraded without expecting anything like that. Software Support Renewals (per 6 months) Core software: $50/6 months Theme: $10/6 months Installed modifications: $9/6 months Discord widget: $5/6 months Member of the Month: $4/6 months We don't need to renew the software to use it, just to get updates when they come out and support if we run into issues. Potential Modifications to Add iAwards: $25, $7/6 months, members can earn awards and achievements that show up on posts Member Away: $12, if you're going to be on hiatus you can put an Away message Threadstarter: $14.95, $4.95/6 months renewal; pull Goodreads info about a book into a thread Moods: $10, allows you to show a mood (with a mood icon by your avatar) Add Items to Mobile Navbar: $9, if you want to change the main nav buttons on mobile You're also welcome to browse through modifications yourself and see if there's something you want to see added to the site, but we ask that you discuss it with us before donating if you choose something that isn't already on this list so we can make sure it'll work out. This is the main site for modifications and themes.

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    Welcome to the New Forum!

    Hi everyone, and welcome to the new forum!

    We're very excited to have you here! We know that the site is different now and it might take some time to get used to, but we're happy to help along the way!

    We're excited to have a library for submitting work (one in which you can copy/paste with formatting from Word!) and a section for submitting writing resources, and we hope you'll help us fill them with fun submissions. We're also looking for your feedback on what you like, so we've made a post here for you to give us your feedback in. Any feedback you can think of would be super helpful and greatly appreciated! Also, we'll be posting something soon about potential member donations for getting extra features members may be interested in, or for helping with the cost to run the site, so be on the look out for that!

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  • December Writing Challenge

    01 December 2018, 06:00 AM    31 December 2018, 06:00 AM
    NaNoWriMo is over, and it's back to monthly writing challenges! This month you have a choice of two challenges: 1. Write a story that ends in a cliffhanger. Torture us. Leave us wanting more. But in a good way! (and/)OR 2. Pick 3 or more ideas you played with for the daily Advent Calendar challenges and combine them to write a new story. Word Limit: No minimum; max of 5000 words
    Deadline: Monday, December 31st, 5:00pm GMT-5 (the event may show 5pm in your home timezone, but it closes at 5pm Eastern Standard Time!) If you're planning on entering, we'd really appreciate you RSVPing so we get an idea of what turnout will be! There's a maybe option if you aren't sure 🙂 How do I submit? Easy! Just add it as a story to the Library and tag it with "dec 18 challenge." You can comment here or on the associated topic if you want to make sure we don't miss your submission, but as long as you tag it correctly and submit on time we should see it! Voting will go up sometime the evening of the 31st.

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    Advent Day 9: Joy Magic

    09 December 2018
    Time for another Magic Sunday! Give us a bit of worldbuilding -- specifically revolving around magic of some kind -- relating to the prompt(s). If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 9' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 9th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are your prompts today: AND/OR  

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    Advent Day 10: Joy Character

    10 December 2018
    It's Monday, so it's time to work on a bit of characterization. You can use the image prompt below directly, or more indirectly by describing a character's reaction to pregnancy (their own or someone else's). If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 10' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 10th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here is your image prompt today:

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    Advent Day 11: Joy Tradition

    11 December 2018
    For Traditional Tuesday, tell us about a tradition or celebration that is considered a joyful time for a group of people in your world. If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 11' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 11th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here is your image prompt today. If you can't think of anything from your own world to share, imagine this kid is at a celebration of some kind, and tell us about it! 

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    Advent Day 12: Joy Plot

    12 December 2018
    It's Wednesday, so it's time to work on plot! This can be a general idea for a plot, a plot twist, anything like that. (I got a little excited on prompts, forgive me, haha.) If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 12' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 12th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are today's prompts: AND/OR AND/OR

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