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    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! 

  • IMPORTANT: Feedback Request Forum

    It was recently suggested that we add a forum for requesting feedback for our submissions to the library! You can find the new forum, which should be members only, here, in addition to the rules which you can find here. We are looking for some feedback regarding this section. @Penguinball and I were discussing it and thought that this would be a good discussion and opportunity to get feedback about this. We seemed to agree that there are two schools of thoughts when it comes to feedback - there are those of us who want "oh, I really liked this/didn't like this" and may not be looking to fix anything with that particular piece, and there are those who want more detailed feedback so that they can make appropriate changes to improve it. Those who just want the general reviews may be more willing to share their raw writing, whereas those who are looking for the more honest, detailed feedback may be more hesitant to do so, which is likely one reason as to why there aren't as many submissions to the library being made. As far as feedback goes, there are those who are more comfortable giving or receiving their feedback in a less public matter, such as in a Google doc. While we are totally okay with this, we also want to encourage members to give each other their feedback through the review feature of the library, so that newer members can see that yes, members are being given feedback.

    So, what do you guys think? What's the easiest way to handle this? Should we give those who wish to give more detailed feedback the option of doing so in a Google doc rather than in a public matter? Or is there maybe something else that neither of us are currently thinking of?

    Additionally, we were uncertain as to whether or not we should have a hard cap for the amount of submissions a member can ask for feedback on. For example, let's say Joe Shmoe comes along and he has ten different stories that he's submitted to the library. Should he be able to request feedback on all ten submissions at once, and make ten different posts requesting feedback? Or should we have a cap of, say, five submissions that he's allowed to ask for feedback for at once? Do you have any feedback for the rules for requesting feedback that you can think of and should be added?

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    May Worldsmyths Community Writing Challenge Sign Ups

    REMINDER: The first day to sign up to participate in April for the Worldsmyths Community Writing Challenge is this Saturday, April 6th, by 11:59 PM EST GMT-5. The sign ups are here. Remember, in order for your words to be counted for the month of May, you have to have signed up by May 4th by 11:59 PM EST GMT-5. If you have any questions, please PM @Jedi Knight Muse. To sign up, you must: 1. Have an account 2. Read the blurb, which has the links to the FAQs and other important info 3. Join the Club and sign up by replying to this post with your word count pledge. A Few Reminders: For every hour of editing, you can count 1,000 words You can count any kind of world building, plotting, character development, etc notes towards your word count that you write during the challenge To be able to get an accurate final word count for your participation during the six months, it's ideal if you try to check-in with your word counts at least once a month. Here is the link for April. If you have a question about the challenge, please post here. We encourage you to help us advertise the challenge (and even the site in general)! You can find info for advertising the challenge here.

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    IMPORTANT: Worldsmyths 2019 Feedback Survey

    Our three year anniversary is approaching, and we'd like to gather feedback from the community regarding the site, so we can do our best to continue to grow and improve it. Any feedback you can give is greatly appreciated. After all, this site wouldn't exist without you! If there is something that you would rather say privately and not open in a public post, please send a private message on the forum to @Jedi Knight Muse with your feedback. You can answer whatever parts of these questions apply to you (i.e. if you do not use Discord at all or not much, you can choose to not answer all of them), but we ask that you answer each question as best as you can. To answer the questions, please go to this post and respond to it.

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    April Community Challenge Reminders

    REMINDER: The last day to sign up to participate in April for the Worldsmyths Community Writing Challenge is this Saturday, April 6th, by 11:59 PM EST GMT-5. The sign ups for May will be posted on April 20th. To sign up, you must: 1. Have an account 2. Read the blurb, which has the links to the FAQs and other important info 3. Join the Club and sign up by replying to this post with your word count pledge. A Few Reminders: For every hour of editing, you can count 1,000 words You can count any kind of world building, plotting, character development, etc notes towards your word count that you write during the challenge To be able to get an accurate final word count for your participation during the six months, it's ideal if you try to check-in with your word counts at least once a month. Here is the link for April. If you have a question about the challenge, please post here. We encourage you to help us advertise the challenge (and even the site in general)! You can find info for advertising the challenge here.

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    April Worldsmyths Community Challenge Sign Ups

    The sign ups for the month of April for the word count challenge has been posted! You have until Saturday, April 6th by 11:59 PM GMT-4 to sign up for the challenge. In order to sign up and pledge a word count, you will need to:
    1. Have a registered account on the forum
    2. Join the Club for the challenge 3. Reply to this post with the word count pledge you would like to make for the month of April. For more information about the challenge itself, such as FAQs, you can go here. WorldAnvil and Paperweight Editorial are both sponsoring the challenge this year! For more information on the sponsorships, you can go here. If you have any questions about the challenge or anything else, you can send a PM to @Jedi Knight Muse!

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    Worldsmyths Million 2019 Discussion

    Worldsmyths Million Writing Challenge
    2019 So last year, we held a writing challenge from March to the end of August called the Worldsmyths Million challenge. It was basically a six month long version of NaNoWriMo, where members signed up to commit to reaching a specific word goal through those six months, and our overall goal as a site was to reach one million words. One of our members, @JayLee, has her own editing business and sponsored prizes for it through that. Like NaNoWriMo, only words written for fictional projects are counted towards your word count goal, and this is the only time where counting words written for role playing, fan fiction and non-fantasy is allowed. You can include world building information, role play posts, outlines, etc, as long as it's written between March 1st and August 31st.

    Unfortunately, we had a lot of members who signed up for the challenge but went MIA within a few months or less and never fully committed to the challenge. I was talking with my co-coordinator for the challenge, @Manu, and she suggested that instead of having one goal that members have to sign up for to reach throughout the six months, we would allow members to sign up and pledge a smaller goal each month, and at the end of August we would tally everyone's word counts together to see if we reached 1 million words again. So basically, it would be a six month long version of Camp NaNo, where you get to choose the word count goal you want to aim for each month, instead of like last year where you had to pledge a goal and could only decrease it for the entire six months instead of increase it for each individual month. We decided that it would be good to see what kind of interest there is in this challenge again, and see if doing it this way is something that people would be interested in. Once we know how much interest there is, we'll go from there with modifying the challenge information from last year to work for this set up. Last year, we had the following goals that people could sign up for: 15k: This should give you 82 words a day 20k: This should give you 110 words a day 30k: This should give you 165 words a day 40k: This should give you 220 words a day 50k: This should give you 275 words a day 60k: This should give you 330 words a day 75k: This should give you 410 words a day 100k: This should give you 550 words a day 125k: This should give you 685 words a day 150k: This should give you 820 words a day 175k: This should give you 955 words a day 200k: This should give you 1100 words a day So, here are the questions we have that we need answers for: 1. How many of you are interested in this challenge? Do you like the idea of this new set up?
    2. Do you think we should stick with these same goals that members can sign up for each month? (We could probably add in 5k and 10k to the list, but I just copy and pasted from last year's Google doc for this post.) Please reply to this post with your thoughts and whether or not you'd be interested in participating. Once we have an idea of how many people are interested, we'll work on getting you more information about the challenge!  

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