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54374 No. 54374 Locked [View] [Last 50 posts]
Hello /fic/, and hi Ponychan as whole! I've only posted under this name once or twice before on this chan - usually I post as an anon, or just lurk (I don't really have all that much to say about everything). So I guess that makes me a newfoal. Heh.

Anyway, from a bit of careful observation, I've noticed that bros are allowed to post compilation posts for their stories (that is correct, right?). I only have one story at the moment, but it's going to be a fairly long one, and I'll probably end up writing a few more after it's done.

So anyway, here's Long Distance - a story about a unicorn, a pegasus and a zebra who set out from Fillydelphia to have crazy adventures all across Equestria and eventually travel beyond its borders and to the land of the dragons.

EQD Page: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/story-long-distance.html
FIMFic Page: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/997/Long-Distance

Direct doc links:
Chapter 1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15FE0i56FI3up-cagHI3WsNVb3nH9R49q1Y0XWMvk9ig/edit?hl=en_US
Chapter 2: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mJuYmQnvKhoF0wQpo0SjZIb8hcFy8hVSttDmw954ZbU/edit?hl=en_US
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>> No. 116245
GDocs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17aAsLB8fSkyLKpjL08hWLOg1yq_6IJ-C7GRY5XBzTLs/edit
FIMfic: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/997/17/Long-Distance/
PFA: http://ponyfictionarchive.net/viewstory.php?sid=538&textsize=0&chapter=17

>hope my image gets uploaded this time...
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GDocs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JwBWbgdkz7hVIMFcRSWizCP99y2_UtzWnjG1H612070/edit
FIMfic: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/997/18/Long-Distance/
PFA: http://ponyfictionarchive.net/viewstory.php?sid=538&textsize=0&chapter=18

Acknowledgements: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P8KAW6s_zFU-niWG1FLb020-siU-jYRuJr5GzzUFBfQ/edit

Direct all further inquiries to http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/57538

Mods, please lock this. Thread >>54374, I'm going to miss you. I will return with a new author thread (one where the OP isn't my first, tripless post on this board) at some point in the future, but for now it's "Goodnight, sweet prince."
>> No. 116389
Locked as requested.

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111302 No. 111302 [View] [Last 50 posts]
Ponychan is calling to me, and I feel the time is right.

Please observe the following rules. Failure to do so will result in banishment to the dark city of R'lyeh your being ignored in the queue.


1) I do not have content restrictions of any kind. However, if you would like to have a mature story reviewed, please send it to my email rather than posting it here. My email is [email protected]

2) Please use the following format when submitting:
a) Title
b) Tags
c) Synopsis
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>> No. 115898
Many thanks for your input, Umbra!

Indeed, I had a terrible feeling that my writing was riddled with instances of blatant telling, and I'm glad you pointed that out (along with the many other issues). It appears I have much to learn. However, your positive response to my premise is very encouraging, and I plan to thoroughly revise this in the near future. Perhaps I'll even send it your way again.

Until then,

Cheers, and thanks again.
>> No. 115904
Oh, seeing how mine is next in queue, could you look at the second part of chapter one as well? I've broken the story up into 9 parts for planning and writing, but most of the actual chapters are going to consist of 2 or 3 parts. The first chapter is 'Celestia and Luna', which are the names of the two parts in it, and the two parts together only come to 7kish words.

>> No. 116343
I won't be giving line by line commentary until the queue is cleared, as that would take far too long. Should you need edits or proofreading, I suggest checking out the FimFiction proofreading group.

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96408 No. 96408 Locked [View] [Last 50 posts]
#Discussion #Advice
In the simplest terms, this is an advice thread. I am offering my services to answer any and all questions related to writing, and I will do them to the best of my ability.

Examples include but are not limited to:
-wording choice (No, I will not edit your entire story)
-grammar help (No, I will not proofread your entire story)
-world building
-plot shaping
-character development

and basically, anything that you can think of. My only stipulation is that these questions be specific, or at least compartmentalized. Some simple questions have complex answers, and I accept that. My aim for this thread is for it to be a place where anyone even you can ask questions about writing, from "What is a sentence" to "Given that character X has motivations Y, what would be a way to get him to go looking for character Z in setting A?"

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Due to Nick no longer being with us (see >>116040 for further details) I ask that the Mods lock this thread.

Nick's... he's no longer capable of helping anyone anymore...

Proof is my tripcode; he gave it to me prior to his... departure.
>> No. 116076
You make it sound as if he's dead.
>> No. 116084
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What Ion said. He's left the fandom and dealing with personal issues. Putting it the way you did is a little misleading, though I doubt you intended it as such.

Anyways, thread locked for now. Nick Nack, if you ever do want to return and such, assuming this thread stills exists, it will be unlocked at your request.

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#Author #Single fic #Normal
I tried sending in a story to Equestria Daily the other day. They recently replied to me saying it had "systemic issues" that needed to be addressed before it could pass. I honestly don't know what they're talking about, but they said coming here to get it reviewed could help.

Title Captain Colt Stallion

Author: Blue Breeze

Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/44208/Captain-Colt-Stallion

Summary: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a pegasus. It's a griffon. It's a... Oh, I give up. Wait, it's the one and only Captain Colt Stallion, the superhero who is half colt, half stallion, and 100% stallionly. And he is the only thing standing in the way of evil-doers from destroying the proud city of Maretropolis... Celestia and Luna help us all.

Tags: Comedy, Random, Alternate Universe
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>> No. 116017
Yeah, thanks. I'm a bit new here. I did read the rules, but they confused me at first so I just said "screw it" and posted to try my luck.

As for the name thing, it's a silly parody. I know it's not absolutely clear, but the name is meant to not make sense on purpose, much like the rest of the fic.
>> No. 116018
You wrote this as if you do not take it seriously, how do you expect me to? I know it is a comedy, and a parody, but a parody at least takes itself seriously.
>> No. 116021
Here's the thing, I don't expect you to take it seriously.

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So...Never used a Chan type site before, so forgive me if I'm doing it wrong. Anywho, I'd really like to write a fic, but inspiration and ideas seem to hate me, and I can never think of any. I was hoping you guys could drop off some suggestions that could perhaps give me an idea. Only thing I'm really against is grimdark.

So...thanks guys!
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>> No. 116007

My heart bleeds for you, sicne this sums up my first three fics: They're all over sixty thousand words long, they all need a painful amount of editing, and none of them are even close to being presentable. :(

I loved writing them, and my writing has improved a great deal because of them... but I feel like if I'd practiced on smaller stories first, my writing would have improved before I'd brought out the big guns.

Regardless, don't get discouraged. The real secret to improvement is to keep writing, and respect reviews for the gold it is. Writing is hard work no matter how you go about it, so you might as well enjoy yourself! :)
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115363 No. 115363 [View]
So the One Man's Pony Ramblings guy did a post today where he talked about what he was reading, and I started to wonder: what do the people around /fic/ read when they aren't reading pony? So, why don't you all tell us what you're reading right now! Highbrow literature, popular fiction, schoolbooks, whatever.

The only not pony related thing I've got going on right now is <i>Battle Royale</i>, which I started because I heard it was a lot like Hunger Games, which I loved. So far, it's been pretty good too, but I'm only on chapter 8. What about you all?
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>> No. 115897
"All Over but the Shoutin'" by Rick Bragg, because I'm leaving the South soon, and the book reminds me of home.
>> No. 115924
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Why The West Rules... For Now. 'Fans of Niall Ferguson will undoubtedly enjoy Ian Morris' offering, stretching from 'Ancient History to Neuroscience'.'

I picked it up while travelling. I saw the cover in the window and though, "Shit. That's a good question." Well worth reading, as it covers pretty much everything. Unless you happen to be a creationist.
>> No. 115958
Godel Escher Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid.

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113502 No. 113502 [View] [Last 50 posts]
Last Event: >>105796
Accolades and previous event statistics: http://goo.gl/hgnDc
Current list of participants: http://goo.gl/RtmbP
All anthologies: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/fic+Write+Off

Hello, and welcome again to the write-off. This edition marks two special changes in the workings of the event. First and foremost: The prompt is changed. Instead of being prompted with words, you’re going to be prompted with pretty pictures. See >>/art/112923 for how the /art/ side of this event will run. The second change is the judging. Instead of the public doing the initial voting and then the finalists being judged privately, the intial round of judging is done by the authors themselves! Each author is given six stories for preliminary judging, and the top 60% from these rankings make it through to the public-voting stage. Sound good? All right, then. For those not in the know, here’s the lowdown:

– Participants write stories over a 72 hour period
– The stories are prompted by artworks drawn by our friendly neighbour /art/isans.
– Participants submit their work to an anonymous anthology
– Authors and readers then rate the stories
– Finally, everything gets wrapped up with author reveals and winners announced
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>> No. 115928

And here I was all prepared to pack my bags and wish everyone luck and have fun.

Suddenly... I'm in! So... Good luck everyone and have fun!
>> No. 116801
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Put in old thread and saged because I'm an idiot.

>My first thought is 'Huh.' The beginning was pretty confusing, and I needed to read it very slowly to even pretend to follow what was going on.
Interesting. I wanted the narrative to be more tangible than the poem but, at the same time, to contain less soul. I wanted the narrative to be incredibly clear to contrast with the florid, meatier, poetry. I’m curious to know if it was the prose, the poetry, or an attempt to reconcile the two that was confusing.

>However, as I read on, I realized the importance of the story (at least, to me) was in the implications.
That is a good way as any to describe it.

>Very little was freely given, conjecture and close attention to detail filled in the blanks.
Yes, very much this. The plot of Raindrops is not its focal point. One will not like my story for the same reason one would like a well-written crime novel whose twist ending’s ingenuity in subversion keeps them awake for nights on end. Neither, still, will one like Raindrops for its premise. Some stories are read because you just have to see how the author pulled off a cyborg half-demon attempting to save his adoptive wolf family’s race from extermination by alien Luddites; Raindrops is not one of them. That leaves, in my estimation, character.

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113136 No. 113136 Locked [View] [Last 50 posts]
Previous thread >>109878

Hello again, fillies and gentlecolts, and welcome to the THIRTEENTH installment of the “Ask An Equestria Daily Pre-Reader Anything Thread”! Feel free to ask us anything* and we’ll do our best to answer.

*Disclaimer: Our knowledge of quantum physics is limited, so please try to keep questions on that subject to a minimum.

I’d also like to include a brief FAQ in this initial post, since we seem to hear a lot of the same questions:

Q: How long does the pre-reading process take?
A: Depends entirely on how many pre-readers have free time and how interesting the story looks. Could be an hour, could be a week.

Q: Am I allowed to respond to pre-reader feedback?
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>> No. 115972
Indeed. A semi-clop starring Trixie could probably make it onto the site, assuming there isn't one already.

The story is a comedy with a smattering of Ren and Stimpy-like humour, the sort that makes you gag and laugh at the same time. It shouldn't cross into, say, Fallout: Equestria territory. Think a more twisted version of Nightmare Before Christmas.
>> No. 115978
New thread's up:

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100799 No. 100799 Locked [View] [Last 50 posts]

Welcome to the study—or as we call it, Insanity. I’m LunarShadow, and this is my partner in crime, Kurbz. Together we’ll be tag team reviewing all of your fan-fiction. So go ahead, shoot us a story or two, and we’ll see what we can do. Wait, what’s this? What do we specialize in? Erm... nothing. Just overall proofreading from light grammar to overall plot. Curious as to where you are in the queue? Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/74e4mtm Have a question? Join us at #LSStudy or #Kurbz'sPalace at irc.canternet.org. We’ll do our best to sort out any problems there may be.

Whoa, slow down there, buddy! Before you post, maybe you should read...

    The Rules
1. Read the sticky.
2. Between the two of us, we’ll take anything except clop and extreme gore. But that shouldn’t be an issue, right? You know, against the rules and all?
3. Title, tags, synopsis in any order. But you must have them.
4. We’ll try to be nice about reviewing, but we aren’t afraid to chew you out if it’s needed.
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Godspeed, you magnificent bastards.
>> No. 115657

If not, lock please?
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Thread locked at request of the OP.

No. 115619 Locked [View]
#Discussion #Normal
I'm working on a new fanfic that isn't really ready for posting. Even this, the intro/hook is going to undergo changes. However, I'm curious to see what bronies will think. After working on it for months I need some fresh perspective from ponies I don't know. I don't usually trust chans, but this one's recommended by ED so you get first look. I hope you enjoy it. ^^

The Stars Will Aid Her
Part 1 - Canterlot

The grand city of Canterlot. Our capital. Canterlot castle was constructed first out of marble white enough to match the fur of it's inhabitant, our monarch, Princess Celestia. The city itself sprung up around it, high on the cliff face. It can be seen for miles. On a clear night it can be seen all across Equestria, if only as a glimmering light in the distance that could be mistaken for a low hanging star.

It's beauty is undeniable, and it's just as beautiful up close. Home to the greatest ponies of art, music, and architecture, to be here is to be immersed in beauty. With the leading ponies in fashion, the best athletes, the supermodels, and not to mention the nobels, even the inhabitants themselves are stunning to look upon. Don't mistake it for a city of airheads though, the sharpest minds pushing the boundries of magic and the natural sciences call Canterlot home as well.

But there is an underside to Canterlot that you ponies who've never visited can see. Even visitors aren't given a glimpse, as those who live here understand you're transient and not a part of the game.
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>> No. 115621
Well... I thought I had. But like I said, chans aren't normally my thing. Until I posted this I didn't notice the "read more" link.
>> No. 115623
Well, now's your chance to remedy that little oversight.
Google Docs is preferred for such things and, if I may be so bold, your introduction smells more of synopsis. If you want people to help you with the idea, visit the Story Forge. If you want to refine the synopsis, there's a Synopsis Review thread. If you have an actual chapter you want reviewed, well, you'll trip over several before leaving the first page.
>> No. 115624
What Ion said. I'll be locking this thread now, if you're looking to get a review or critique, be sure to visit a reviewer's thread.

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108996 No. 108996 [View] [Last 50 posts]
Oh my, a big Bloom picture. You know what that means, right?

Here's the deal. I know you lot are terrible at keeping to a schedule. I also know that I'm just as terrible at keeping to one. What do we need? An accountability thread, of course.

So what we do is this: You put your name down and say how much you're going to write each day. You can choose your own limit: 30 minutes, 50 words, 1000 words – whatever you feel comfortable with. But you must meet this limit every day.

The 31 days start Sat, Jul 07 and end Tue, Aug 07. (The timezone is whatever time you live in. This is a personal thing, after all.)

If you want to play, say in this thread: “I, <name>, commit to writing <some limit> per day for 31 days starting July 7.” Since I only host events I want in on, here's my commitment: I, RogerDodger, commit to writing 500 words per day for 31 days starting July 7.

If you fail to meet your own limit, you must post in this thread saying so.
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>> No. 115312
Well, the 31 days are over. Congratulations to everyone who participated, and doubly so to everyone who kept to their pledge.

I suppose we can use this as a general "post your progress" thread now, seeing as that's what most people have been doing anyway.
>> No. 115434
72 words for today.
>> No. 115517
Why is it that the only time I get surges of inspiration is at four am? It's good, since I haven't had one in a while, but it's still pretty annoying to get out of bed and go on the computer. Not that I'm complaining, though... well, at least, not much.

560 words for today. Might write more later, which will technically still count as the same day, won't it? Hmm... oh well.

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#Reviewer #wunderbar poetry
Ohai! So I see you have looked at that reviewer tag above and have decided to bow before me, the great and glorious… you know what, never mind. You’re here for a review, so let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

My name is Bearycool (obviously…), and I am a reviewer and part time editor who likes long walks on the beach, and making people cry with sad fics and intentional horrible OCs. I have edited stories such as Of Steam Gears and Wings, Of Challenges and Kisses, and other such things. I have reviewed a plethora of fics anonymously, both bad and horrible. I’ve also reviewed good fics, but those aren’t worth mentioning… I have written a good amount of fanfiction, so I have had my degree in punishment from reviewers, and also praise too.

Tl;dr: I r great reviewer.

Now that we got my credential straight and you know that I’m not some random loser at the park begging for bits, let’s get some ground rules straight!

I WILL review these, but you must send me an email on that stuff (Because, honestly, we’re on Ponychan and that stuff is a big no-no). However, you are not allowed to just show me straight porn or gore. If I wanted to see that junk I would’ve gone to a site for it. Give me some plot to go by and character development, and then I will review it. Also, your fic will be on low priority on my list, so don’t go holding your breath, because you will die from asphyxiation.

Uncommon Formats: I is great at the poetry.
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>> No. 108471
Title: Virtuous, Foalish Decisions
Tags: Dark, Adventure, Crossover-ish?
Author: Margos
Characters: Pumpkin Cake, Pound Cake
Synopsis: The pony author Keen Pip II has a story tell, but she would rather you didn't read it. Not unless the idea of a story about very unfortunate, newly-orphaned twins protecting the secrets of a certain sugar bowl from mysterious forces who would use them for evil sounds like the kind of thing you'd like to read.


(This is kind of a crossover? I'm not really sure, since no characters from the other work are ever mentioned, and it takes place completely in Equestria. Plot elements are borrowed from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, though. So it is technically a crossover. I guess it's a crossover the way things like Fo:E are crossovers?)
>> No. 115199
Due to your inactive status I am going to request a review from another reviewer for my fan-fiction
>> No. 115243
Locked as per request, since the OP has left.

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114741 No. 114741 [View]
So at some point today on IRC, there was an analogy comparing writing to cooking, and further discussion about the "ingredients" of a story. I resisted the urge to make a smartass comment about Frank's Red Hot, with its tag line "I Put That **** On Everything".

The more I thought about it though, I figured it could be an interesting discussion topic. As a writer, what is your "Frank's Red Hot"? What are the characters, themes, tropes, and so forth which you see popping up time and again in most/all of your own stories?


I'll start. First one that comes to mind is Twilight's adorkable mode, as it's present in all my published and unpublished fics. Best poni gonna poni. Besides, it's just too damn fun to write her being adorkable.

I'm also infatuated with in-media-res, cold starts, and... I don't recall the literary term for this, but basically where a character reacts to an action, and only then does the narrator actually mention that "oh yeah btw, this action happened."
>(Paragraph of scene description, no mention of RD being in motion)
>“Rainbow Dash!” called out Fluttershy. “Where are you going?”
>Rainbow Dash hovered above the pathway, looking back in confusion. “Uh, to talk with him? He’s kinda the only thing here, besides the lamp post.”
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>> No. 115073
The only two really constant things I ever use are Twilight Sparkle regardless of whether or not the mane six is relevant, and a ridiculous story line that makes no sense.

Like this one for example.
>> No. 115074
I forgot to mention the key element to my stories.

I don't write to entertain other people, just to entertain myself
>> No. 115123
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I just returned from my long trip and saw this thread. Now, I'm compelled to comment.

Well, if I had to explain themes that I tried in all my stories, not just pony ones (which I haven’t quite finished, but will soon), I would say they are quite a few themes I like to play with.

For starters, I usually give my stories a cyberpunk/Dungeon-punk/Fantastic Noir feel, though only when dealing with alternates (which I find myself using quite often). When dealing with the standard canon verse, I try to play things as straight as possible, all the while inject a few of the ideas that have come to be some of my tropes. Regardless, I do try to emulate the show's messages as best as possible. Part of the appeal is to show how worlds can start off bleak, but grow light due to the protagonist's actions.

These are the themes I find myself using the most:

-Alternate timelines and universes (where applicable). The grand majority of my stories in this fandom will likely deal with Alternate universes, never losing sight of the ‘true’ origin, but always showing how small events changed the world in more ways than one.

-Antihero, Byronic leads, and Knights in Sour Armor; characters who, by all means, are the opposite of what the ‘hero’ is expected to be. These characters become leads either because they are compelled to act due to some ulterior motive, get dragged into the conflict unwillingly, are born with an unchangeable fate they will struggle with all their lives, or through various events find themselves charged with protecting the ‘hero’. They change and grow, and often end up better than they started, but this may not always be the case.

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105482 No. 105482 Locked [View] [Last 50 posts]
Well that was embarrassing. Anyways...

Hello everypony! My name is Khakispony, and this is my new review thread. I’m not the most experienced or the best reviewer, but I want to help you with your fics. When I’m not playing vidya games, working, writing my own fics, or doing something important, I’m going to be reviewing. That being said, I have a couple of ground rules to help make the process as easy as possible.

1) Read the Celestia d#nmed sticky. Seriously, there is no excuse for not having read it.
2) No gore, but smut... Ok, I can take some smut. Still, you must send me a private message by fimfiction (http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Khakispony) if you want your smut to be reviewed. It will be added to the queue for my convenience, but shall not be discussed on the thread.
3) No meta. NO!
4) Patience is a virtue, and I expect you to have it. I’m doing this to help you, not because I’m required to. A week is the minimum waiting period between being added to the queue, and whining to me about how I’m ignoring you.
5) Be polite. Please?

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>> No. 115036
Okay, where is it? Also, are you keeping the stories in your current queue?
>> No. 115038
Ooh, never mind. I was expecting it to take longer for me to find that thread than it did.
>> No. 115096
Thread locked by request.

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114491 No. 114491 [View]
#Discussion #New Thread Idea
I just figured I'd drop this here. I've had this idea for a while, and it finally got to bugging me enough that I've at least typed it up. I'd have posted the darn thing already but I have a strong feeling this won't be met with the same enthusiasm I'd originally hoped. That and there's no way I'll be able to run this by myself, I'd need help from more experience reviewers, and it just wouldn't be right to post this without everypony's consent, or at least a good number. Let me know what you think ponies.
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>> No. 114545
This kind of idea has been tossed around for a while, I think January was the peak of it, when Ion-Sturm proposed an example badfic be written to strengthen the weakest reviewers on TTG. At that point in time, the minimum quality for review was even much lower than it is today. Basically though, the idea was discarded as a negative application of time for all those involved. Why have a standard story for people to read when there's so many stories that need work already?

I don't think anyone proposed the solution as this, but my idea was: To have new reviewers post that this is their first/whatever# review when they grab a story on TTG and ask for a seasoned reviewer to give them pointers when they finish.

Alternatively, just ask in IRC if someone can join them on a review.
>> No. 114561
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I still think this should be used. Just a short, one or two-thousand word story with a few errors of each kind sprinkles in it, like tense confusion and improper dialogue punctuation. The point isn't to make a badfic, it's to make a first draft. The story should be perfectly legible to the reader and even enjoyable, if one were to discount the minor annoyances in it. It also wouldn't be required, although it should be strongly implied that they should give it a go to make sure their mechanics are up to snuff. Getting a bad review is even worse than no review, in my opinion, since it can send the author on the wrong track or convince them that their story is fine when it patently is not.

A more advanced one for style and characterization could also be made, but we'd have to see how well this one fares before that happens.
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What if rather than write poor fiction, one could submit scrapped fics they've already written. I have a couple of dead fics I'd be willing to donate

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