Thursday, April 28, 2005

Tips for New DS Writers

Greetings, new writers! We're happy you're here! New writers always add a new dimension to the story, and we can't wait to see what you come up with.

It can be a little bit intimidating to get into the Ditto Story, so I'm making this page of tips to help you get started. If anyone has ideas for other tips, PM me! I'll always be happy to add to the collected wisdom.

1. Read the rules! (well duh...) Miss Pole has posted the "hard-and-fast" guidelines under "Ditto Rules" at the top of the Ditto Club forum. If you have any questions about anything, you can PM her and she'll be happy to explain.

2. Read as much as you can of the current story and the previous stories so you understand what's going on in Ditto Town. The previous stories are archived at in a downloadable format. The Ditto Census (Sherriff's Department and Library) contain short biographies of many of the characters that have appeared in all the stories. Look through all the information on this page, the Ditto Story Index, too. (It's not that long!)

3. Make a character of your own. The Ditto Census contains little questionnaires that help you think about what your character should be like. If you still don't know where to start, any of the experienced writers will help you. Needless to say, this is the DITTO TOWN story, so your character should either start out in Ditto Town or be planning to go there soon.

4. You don't need anyone's permission to post your first segment in the story, introducing your character. But make sure it doesn't conflict with anything that has already been posted. If you want your character to interact with someone else's character, contact the "owner" of that character by PM to discuss it with them. We all do this as a courtesy so that we don't interfere with someone else's planned story line. In fact, we often collaborate with one another in co-writing posts. You'll be amazed how the interaction between writers can often produce a segment that's better than the sum of what they could have done independently!

5. Don't get insulted if someone asks you to change something (especially if it relates to their character). Writing a collaborative story is a process of compromise and cooperation.

6. Don't forget to BE CREATIVE and HAVE FUN! :o)