Author Topic: Trying to post a story  (Read 2067 times)

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November 16, 2015, 06:19:15 PM

Offline Sparx

When I try to submit a post in the new author board, I get this message.

The following error or errors occurred while posting this message:
Your session timed out while posting. Please try to re-submit your message.

My only thought was, is there a word limit on posts? I've re-tried several times.

November 16, 2015, 06:48:08 PM
Reply #1

Offline Sparx

Ok, I got it to work. I was able to modify the half posted message and get it to stop timing out.

I reported the post to the mods, asking to have it removed, so if the mods see this first, please cancel that. Not a big deal if it gets X'd, I'll just repost it.

Thanks :)

November 16, 2015, 07:34:02 PM
Reply #2

Offline Jed

It looks like everything is fine.  Yes, there is a limit on characters for a post; I just don't recall what that is, but your 3 posts combined are no where coming close to that limit (it's really a lot).

I got no message about removing anything, so must have gone to Admin.  Nothing will be removed.

November 17, 2015, 07:35:38 AM
Reply #3

Offline Sparx

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It looks like everything is fine.  Yes, there is a limit on characters for a post; I just don't recall what that is, but your 3 posts combined are no where coming close to that limit (it's really a lot).

I got no message about removing anything, so must have gone to Admin.  Nothing will be removed.

Thanks man. That kind of leads to another question. What type of length do people around here like for a single post in a story thread? Part of the reason I put 3 posts was trying to figure out what my problem was, but also I was checking out other peoples stories, and I didn't see anything over maybe 1000 words. Do people like more bite sized chunks, or would you prefer an entire chapter in a single post?

That question isn't just for Jed, obviously, but anyone who reads this.

Sparx

November 17, 2015, 10:37:07 AM
Reply #4

Offline Badman

Hi Sparks,
                A bit of an odd one about length. The shorter they are the more likely they are to get split by others posts in the interim. For me as the line length here is about 30 words give or take it only takes me a maximum of five lines for my longest paragraphs. I believe in a lot of 'white space' around my writing simply to make it easier to read, especially on a screen. The trick for me to is to find natural pauses or breaks (after all you can always add or omit lines from a previous post later) in the story or scene to place a break.

                I read a lot (2 or 3 books a week) and for me if the format is 'invisible' as I read then that's great. If I find there are massive chunks of text or very obvious or awkward phrases etc. then they take me out of the story and back to the format. If that happens too often I'll just quit reading. There is enough good writing out there without wasting time on poor writing. Yes we all make mistakes and try new things but personally I like to be engaged, intrigued and invested in the characters or situation.

                Natural points to break a post (for me) are; at the end of a day, at the end of a major event or action scene, when changing a point of view (i.e. between victim POV and assailants POV). A classic example of the last is the first "Into the Gap Series" by Stephen Donaldson about the rape of a woman by a space pirate and her subsequent rescue by a military hero. The same event essentially told through three different sets of eyes and setting up the main protagonists for an epic space opera.

                Whoops slightly off topic but put the breaks where you feel they 'fit' and see how it goes.
 
                 One last piece of advice. If ever a post fails and it appears to 'vanish' try the "Back" on browser 9 times out of 10 it'll take you back to the text entry you were trying to send.


 

November 18, 2015, 03:34:48 AM
Reply #5

Offline Jed

For me it's mostly how far I've gotten and able to proofread before posting.  Many stories are works in development, something is ready to post when I think so.  I also count pages and try to make each chapter similar in length.

Sometimes I like ending a chapter on a cliff-hanger hoping people will keep looking for more to find out what happens.

As far as length, if someone wants to post a long story as a single post, that's fine.  However, I have seen at least one story on another site that is just so long that it got ridiculous.  I also am not a big fan of one paragraph at a time....that's even more tiresome, and I lose interest.  Most of my story posts are about 2-3 pages in MS Word, but that's just me.


November 28, 2015, 09:21:40 PM
Reply #6

Offline Sparx

Thanks guys, My posts are sitting at about 4-5 pages in word each, and it seems to be working well.