Story-Bat is all about fiction. We promote imagination, creativity, and the fantasy worlds that exist within us. We don’t even want to know who you are in your normal life. In fact, sometimes it’s more fun not to know. We’re all about persona and creating pseudonyms. This enables us to create more freely and experiment with new things without fear of real-life repercussions.
But just because we’re creative and encourage creativity, we don’t abolish all rules. Constraints can sometimes be oddly freeing in contrast to swimming in the wild open with the sharks.
Here are the guidelines for Story-Bat:
- Have fun. This is a hobby for the most of us. So enjoy your stay!
- Be creative. What Story-Bat is exceptionally good at is freedom of writing. You can help other writers develop their existing storyline or take it in totally new directions. Write Story-Blocks to other peoples’ stories and help develop an exciting narrative. It’s a great way to try out a new style or write something without starting from scratch.
- Be kind, supportive, and constructive with your criticism. We all want to be better writers. We all enjoy feedback on our work. So don’t posts comments on someone else’s Story-Page or –Block you wouldn’t want to see on one of yours. Explain what you would improve and not simple state what you don’t like.
And keep in mind that the more feedback you give to others, the more likely they’ll be to provide feedback on your work as well.
- Respect the work of others, even if you don’t like it. Keep in mind that there’s a real human being with feelings that may be different from your own on the other side of the screen. Even if we share the same goals (for example becoming a better writer), we’re all at different places in our journey.
You can be honest without being brutal. You can be critical without being emotionless.
- No hate. If you can’t create an imaginary group to funnel your hate into, we don’t want it.
- Please don’t feed the lawyers. Please refrain from using characters copyrighted by someone else. You could easily create a character named Antony Power who uses his “Power-Armor” to protect the world from the residence of his “Power-Tower” and tell the same story you would have otherwise.
- Don’t be creepy. You know the guy. Don’t be that guy.
Story-Bat has the concept of “Mature” stories. If you have any doubts, here are the lines for when you should tag your Story as “Mature”:
- Language: If you wouldn’t hear it on a primetime drama on network TV, tag it with mature.
- Sexuality: If you wouldn’t watch a video of it with your 12-year old friend, it probably is mature.
- Violence or Gore: Descriptions of fight scenes are fine. Descriptions of rending flesh and gore? You should probably make it mature.
Note: Please be considerate and talk to the creator of the story if your sequel to it would change its qualification to „Mature“. If it wasn’t marked as mature from the start, maybe there is a reason for it.
Now, a couple words for the kids out there. Because we don’t care who you really are, you should do everything you can to protect your real identity. Don’t tell people where you live, how old you are, what your real e-mail address is or your real name, especially if you’re a kid. We really don’t want to show up on the evening news, and we don’t want anyone to get hurt. So, have fun, but be careful!
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