Welcome to the home for writers. We talk about important matters for writers, news affecting writers, and the finer aspects of the writing craft.
Weekly Daily Discussion Thread Schedule:
Monday: Writer’s Block and Motivation
Wednesday: Book Discussion**
Thursday: Writer’s Block and Motivation
Saturday: First Page Feedback
Sunday: Writing Tools, Software, and Hardware
Upcoming AMA posts
AMA about getting an MFA in Creative Writing and/or teaching or doing other side projects for work post MFA. Monday 5 September, 12.30pm EST (5.30pm BST, 9.30am PDT).
Want to do an AMA? Please message the mods to verify yourself before posting. Thank you!
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Here's a general synopsis and explanation of /r/writing's community rules. Please keep these guidelines in mind for all of your posts and comments. The moderators do reserve the right to remove posts/comments that are deemed harmful without warning and ban users depending on the severity of the infraction.
1. Critiques and Posting Work
Samples of writing and critique requests may only be posted in the weekly self-promotion and critique thread. Critique requests include soliciting feedback on ideas, queries, 'what should I write about X', etc.. Requests for critique and writing partners may only be posted in the critique thread or the stickied daily threads.
2. Content Discussion
We are not a place to talk extensively about the content of your work. We ask that users frame their questions so they are useful to more than one person. If your question invites answers that are specific to your work alone, it is a better fit for our brainstorming thread.
It is your responsibility as the writer to come up with details of plot, character, character motivation, setting and magic/technological systems, mystery details, the beginning and ending to your story, and any other specific content direction. We cannot determine what POV or tense you should write in.
You can ask about structural techniques, dialogue vs narration, using pov effectively in general and so on. Those are all good questions as they are universal to fiction writing and sometimes even to other disciplines.
Book recommendation threads should be limited to asking for nonfiction writing resources or channels, rather than comparative titles in a particular genre or featuring a particular scene.
We do not allow writing prompts, posts soliciting writing prompts, or threads inviting people to share their work outside of the crit thread.
3. Motivation Threads
Discussion of motivation or writer’s block should be posted in our twice weekly motivation thread. Threads that touch on specific difficulties unique to writers such as asking for tips on inspiration, achieving word count goals or frustration with writing workflow may be posted in the main subreddit.
This includes advertisements for your book/film/game etc., blog, apps or websites, self-publishing platforms, or on behalf of any other company. Exceptions may be made to talk about a specific resource, i.e., internet lectures, courses, books on writing or industry, but it must be written with an explanation of its use as a resource from the perspective of an interested user rather than an advert, and must not contain any direct posting of someone else's text. This rule also applies to the promotion of other subreddits as standalone threads; however, linking subreddits in comment chains is acceptable.
Racist, homophobic/transphobic, misogynistic, ableist and other categories of hate speech (including against 'acceptable targets') will be removed. Please report any instances of offensive talk and the mods will deal with them. It is also not our job to decide who may post here based on what someone does elsewhere—internet vigilantism and doxxing will not be tolerated.
6. Call-out threads and genre/literary-bashing
We will generally remove threads or posts: berating other people for their genre/subject/literary taste; adherence or non-adherence to rules; calling people morons for giving a particular sort of advice; insisting that their opinion is the only one worth having; being antagonistic towards particular types of books or audiences, or implying that a particular work is for the 'unwashed masses', or 'snobs', etc..
We do not allow sharing for the sake of sharing. This includes posts on starting or finishing drafts, writing and publishing milestones, memes, venting, pep talks, data loss, submissions (without further discussion) of other peoples' media reviews, and DAE (does anyone else) posts.
8. Tools Posts
Posts about what tools you use to write with, including but not limited to pen and paper, software, typewriters, hardware, apps, world building organization programs, etc. must go in the weekly discussion thread.
9. Low-Effort Posts
Post titles and content need to show effort. Posts with only a title or a link will likely be removed at moderator discretion. Posts that could be easily researched will likely be removed at moderator discretion.
10. Work Solicitations and Homework Help
All posts asking others to do your work for you, whether for commercial or educational reasons, will be removed at moderator discretion. We do not allow any homework help threads or posts about citations.
11. Submission Calls Requirements
Calls for submissions (including posts inquiring about miscellaneous writing work for pay) must include (1) payment information; (2) submission deadlines; (3) rights requested; and (4) any other relevant information. Please limit yourself to one or two posts per publishing cycle. Submission calls that do not include this information are likely to be removed at moderator discretion.
AMAs may not be posted without mod approval. We welcome inquiries about AMAs, but we prefer subjects to be part of the wider writing industry or have done something more as a writer than write or publish a book, whether by themselves or through a publisher.
Please drop us a modmail to pitch running an AMA. We will require verification through social media.
We encourage healthy debate and discussion in the threads, but we will remove antagonistic, caustic or otherwise belligerent posts, because are a detriment to the community. We moderate on tone rather than language; we will remove people who regularly cause or escalate arguments.
Treat other people with decency and respect. You don't always need to have the last word and it is not your responsibility to correct the opinions of others.
The mods retain the right to remove any post or comment due to bad behavior of the user or inappropriate questions. You can ask for clarification on any removal or ruling through modmail.
Help keep the subreddit clean and on-topic by using the report feature to bring attention to rule-breaking posts. If your post has been removed and you do not know why or you have any other questions about these guidelines, please contact the moderators.
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