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What can we do to make this section better, and possibly get more members to post their stories? Please let us know how you would like this section to grow.

Dina Hagler - 05:39pm May 7, 1998 PST(#1 of 29)

What do you guys think about having four folders:

Short-shorts (less than 1000 words)

Short stories (over 1000)

Novel excerpts (for members working on a book)

Add-on mysteries for all to participate

Or do you think stories should be grouped by author?


claire hoskins - 09:05am May 8, 1998 PST(#2 of 29)

some kind of grouping would be useful! To those of us who have to log in at work a quick reference guide would be helpful - saves a lot of time searching for something which we might want to read/participate in....

Keep up the good work!

Dina Hagler - 12:10pm May 8, 1998 PST(#3 of 29)


I think your posting is certainly "good enough."

Please have your author post some more stories. Everyone liked Mary Payson.

_Sunshine_ - 03:31pm May 9, 1998 PST(#4 of 29)
...redefining Normal, one day at a time.

Oh no! If we group according to number of words, then we'll have to count ! Hmm...

I like the idea of grouping according to author, rather than title.

CM :o)

JDough - 05:09pm May 9, 1998 PST(#5 of 29)

I like the idea of grouping according to type and general length (not counting words, necessarily). For instance, if it's an add to the story, I'd like that to be in a separate folder from a chapter or scene for critique. I also think BB has a valid point about fear of not being able to publish once it's "out there". However, I'm not sure an author who feels his piece is much better than the others would necessarily post something for critique anyway, so I don't think that's a drawback. --JB

Dana Gerr - 07:24pm Jun 15, 1998 PST(#6 of 29)

I just wanted to give some rave reviews here - I just found the site recently and I think the feedback and support are WONDERFUL! I swear, I will send in a finished story as soon as I can figure out how to do it. I'm a total technotwit when it comes to anything the least bit mechanically complicated.

I am just curious to hear from other aspring writers on this site - why DON't more people take example of this fabulous opportunity to get feedback from fellow readers/wrtiers? (That said, I better hit the word processor and get cracking.)

Dina Hagler - 02:21pm Jun 25, 1998 PST(#7 of 29)

At another site, people have mentioned that they didn't post here because the stuff looked so old.

Do you think we should delete items left over 30 or 60 days? Or put them in a general Archive folder?

Please let me know what you think!

I am supposed to be doing the housekeeping for this thread, and I would like to make it more interesting. However, there is so much happening with my own writing-- and so little time in each day! I haven't even read a solve-it in an entire month!

I surely don't want anyone to think this board is "LAME", and it would be nice to see some more stories here. What do you say, guys?


Simon - 04:21pm Jun 25, 1998 PST(#8 of 29)
It ain't easy being green

Dina~ Thanks for putting that solve-it of mine in a separate folder... I should have done that to begin with. Could you please put the Three-Ring-Thievery discussion in the same folder as the mystery, though? And by the way, what happened to my other solve-it, Weekend at Blackwood Manor? Anyway, I'm thinking of writing another solve-it to add to the pile... :o)

And yeah, I think an archive would be a good idea...

Dina Hagler - 08:38am Jun 29, 1998 PST(#9 of 29)


I am going to start another folder, not to be called Twists but something like "Suspense stories" or something (any suggestions would be appreciated).

Sorry about the fact that once we re-arrange the stories, they pop up in your subscriptions. I don't know what to do about that; I am the one shuffling, and the same thing happens to me.

RE: wrong categorizing-- just post a note as a new message at your story. It will be read, and then the story can be moved to the appropriate category and the message deleted.

I think that after all categorizing has been finished, that we will put all of those stories over 60 days in an archive folder, with the breakdown in categories there, and any new stories can just be added as their own discussion/folder, since the catchy titles are more compelling than being lumped in with the older stories (which also have catchy titles)in the categorized threads.

Therefore, when someone posts a new story, they can list at the beginning, the approx. word count, and the "category" of mystery.

But I would like others opinion on this (especially time limit as far as being considered "new") before it actually happens. Would 30 days be better? I will also see what can be done as far as not annoying us with "new subscriptions". But I have a feeling nothing can be done.

I am thinking after the "reoganization" process is complete, perhaps we could start having some monthly "excercises", of 500 - 700 words, to practice POV, description, or just in plotting (writing short shorts). Perhaps this would attract more writers williing to post their work, or give those that do read more confidence in posting here.

Please let me know what you think!

Thanks, Dina

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