What to Post Here/Guidelines

Started by Jubal, August 12, 2015, 11:59:43 PM

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Posting Guidelines Thread

Here are some guidelines for what makes a story suitable for posting here:

  • It should not be a fully traditional story in a form easily available elsewhere (your own modifications of traditional stories are fine). Whilst a huge amount of good storytelling is based on folk tales, we can't reasonably collect the myths of the whole planet here!
  • An exception would be if you're posting a traditional tale but with significant annotations and ideas for how to tell it - though if you're doing a "how to tell X" thread that would be better in the main spoken storytelling section rather than this story bank.
  • It should be of a form that is good for storytelling, if not explicitly designed for it. Ideally you should have told it or heard someone tell it to confirm this.
  • In general, avoid personal or historical anecdotes here unless they have been specifically heavily doctored for telling. The anecdotal/personal storytelling tradition is an interesting one and totally valid for discussion here, but it's also by its nature personal: other people aren't likely to tell your personal anecdotes.
  • Stories with punchlines are alright, but this isn't really a joke-sharing forum; extended punchline jokes probably aren't best placed here.

And some notes on how to post:

  • Obviously, include the full story, roughly as you would say it though this doesn't have to be exact. Don't worry about neatening the prose too much - the aim is to get the story down, not the exact wording (unless the story relies on a pun or refrain).
  • A bulleted summary for tellers may be useful, and would be good to include.
  • Please do include some telling notes with your story - for example, whether you include any sound effects when telling it, any particular visual aids you used or found useful, any more difficult areas or bits to emphasise, etc.
The duke, the wanderer, the philosopher, the mariner, the warrior, the strategist, the storyteller, the wizard, the wayfarer...