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These are the '''quality standards''' of the wiki. Note that these are applied mainly to stories where the mentioned elements ''detract'' from the story itself.
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These are the '''quality standards''' of the wiki. Following these rules is essential to writing a good creepypasta or a good story in general.
   
Please note that while these '''''are''''' generally guidelines, passing these guidelines is, in fact, a requirement. Any story that fails these standards will be, without prejudice to the author or any other factors, deleted.
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Please note that these guidelines are mandatory to every user posting stories on this site. Any story that fails these standards will be, without prejudice to the author or any other factors, deleted. If you are looking for a more in-depth as to why your story was deleted, you can ask an [http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Special:ListUsers/sysop admin], post it to the [http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Board:Writer%27s_Workshop Writer’s Workshop], or read this guide: [http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Creepypasta_Wiki:Writing_Advice/So_We_Deleted_Your_Story:_An_Overview So We Deleted Your Story: An Overview].
 
There are, however, a few standards that are basically rules – unless following them '''''<u>ACTUALLY</u>''''' detracts from the story. These are the minimum quality standards, and they are listed in the following section.
 
   
 
==Minimum Standards==
 
==Minimum Standards==
# Before you post your article to this site you MUST have proofread and spell-checked the document. This includes, but is not limited to, the proper use of capitalization, spelling, punctuation, spacing, and paragraphs. Most document editors, like Microsoft Word, have a spelling and a grammar check feature built in. We suggest using that, then copying and pasting into source mode on the site to eliminate any possibility of formatting conflicts. Failing that, there's always [http://www.spellcheck.net SpellCheck.net]. You may also use source mode in the wiki editor to spell check. As a sidenote, ''ALWAYS'' store a copy of your work locally on your PC or tablet, or on the cloud. It is ''YOUR'' responsibility as a writer to take responsibility for your own work. If we delete your story, and you don't have a backup, tough. Backing up your work only takes a few seconds and can save you many headaches and crying sessions in your pillow at night.
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# Before you post your article to this site you MUST have proofread and spell-checked the document. This includes, but is not limited to, the proper use of capitalization, spelling, punctuation, spacing, and paragraphs. Most document editors, like Microsoft Word, have a spelling and a grammar check feature built in. We suggest using that, then copying and pasting into source mode on the site to eliminate any possibility of formatting conflicts. Failing that, there's always [http://www.spellcheck.net SpellCheck.net]. You may also use source mode in the wiki editor to spell check. As a sidenote, ''ALWAYS'' store a copy of your work locally on your PC or tablet, or on the cloud. This will save you a lot of trouble later if the story is found to not be up to quality standards.
# If you upload a pasta that is terribly unedited (spelling, grammar, bad formatting etc) or is a massive wall of text, you acknowledge that it can and in most cases will be deleted as soon as it is uploaded. Pages that are a single, massive block of text (Wall-o-Text) are uninteresting and impossible to read. And all of the terrible spelling and grammar that we see on some submissions make the site look uneducated and childish. In short, they will be deleted. If you have questions with either of these violations, '''kindly leave a message on one of the administrator's talk pages''' and one of them will gladly help you out.
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# If you upload a pasta that has the issues outlined above, you acknowledge that it can and in most cases will be deleted as soon as it is uploaded. Pages that are a single, massive block of text (Wall-o-Text) are hard to read. In short, they will be deleted. If you have questions with either of these violations, '''kindly leave a message on one of the administrator's talk pages''' and one of them will gladly help you out. We are trying to improve the overall quality of stories on the site and we need your help and dedication to do this, as a well-written story should be the author’s prerogative.
# This is not to say you must upload pages without any mistakes or you will be banned. We all make mistakes, and we have more than enough qualified editors (including you!) to help out with minor tweaks. Anyway, this is to cut back on the kinds of pages that are either "Each Word Capitalized", or where the author has some weird aversion to ever using a capital letter and/or spaces after punctuation.
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# This is not to say you must upload pages without any mistakes or you will be banned. We all make mistakes, and we have more than enough qualified editors (including you!) to help out with minor tweaks.
# ''Pages That Are Written Completely In Title Case'' (capitalizing the first letter of each word) will also be deleted instantly. There's no sane reason as to why anyone with a brain and even a basic knowledge of language would write like this.
 
# Pages with a large percentage, to ''all'' of the story lacking spaces after punctuation will be deleted instantly.
 
   
 
==Page Titles==
 
==Page Titles==
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You must properly capitalize your page titles. See [[Creepypasta Wiki:Style Guide for Writing|the Style Guide]] for a refresher course in capitalizing titles.
 
You must properly capitalize your page titles. See [[Creepypasta Wiki:Style Guide for Writing|the Style Guide]] for a refresher course in capitalizing titles.
   
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# Properly Capitalized.
 
# Properly Capitalized.
# Contain '''no''' periods. A title is not a sentence. A decorator question mark or bang is fine in many cases, but periods are not. Sometimes ellipses are acceptable in a title too depending on what you are trying to convey.
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# Do not use punctuation in the title as it’s bound to trip the spam filter. Titles do not need closing punctuation.
 
   
 
==What We Generally Look For==
 
==What We Generally Look For==
   
* Your story should have a consistent plot. It also should have a decent, original plotline formulated with different events.
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* Your story should have a consistent plot. It also should have a decent, original plotline. Please note that if your story shares a similar premise to another story or uses a number of [[Clichés|Cliches or tropes]], it will likely be deleted for not being up to our standards. This is extremely important. Your story could have impeccable grammar and meet every other rule, but if the story is riddled with plot holes and/or is very generic, we will have to delete it.
* CAPS are not scary. DON'T TYPE EVERY WORD LIKE THIS TO REPRESENT EXCITEMENT OR FEAR. That's why this (!) or using italics exist. If you are going to use caps, please keep in mind that they need to be limited.
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* Please do not capitalize every word (or entire phrases) as a means of conveying emphasis. Italics or exclamation points suit the same purpose and are generally viewed as being less gimmicky.
 
* There should be a '''''good level''''' of description. Too little description will make the story vague/bland/boring and too much detail can slow down the story and make it hard to keep reading.
 
* There should be a '''''good level''''' of description. Too little description will make the story vague/bland/boring and too much detail can slow down the story and make it hard to keep reading.
 
* Avoid awkward phrasing. Make sure there's a flow. Read your story aloud to yourself to make sure everything rolls off the tongue naturally.
 
* Avoid awkward phrasing. Make sure there's a flow. Read your story aloud to yourself to make sure everything rolls off the tongue naturally.
 
* If the formatting of the story breaks visual mode on the editor (Classic or not), it will be deleted. To prevent this, '''''use the Source Mode on the editor''''' and paste your story there (see above again). If needed, add a line break between paragraphs to avoid the resulting wall of text.
 
* If the formatting of the story breaks visual mode on the editor (Classic or not), it will be deleted. To prevent this, '''''use the Source Mode on the editor''''' and paste your story there (see above again). If needed, add a line break between paragraphs to avoid the resulting wall of text.
* Don't indent in Source Mode. Yes, in books every new paragraph is indented. However the wiki's format is quite different in that indentation isn't used. If you indent on here, your text will show up in an annoying box with a slidebar you have to use to read the story from left to right. If that sounds annoying and overly complicated, it's because it is.
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* Don't indent in Source Mode. Yes, in books every new paragraph is indented. However the wiki's format is quite different in that indentation isn't used. If you indent on here, your text will show up in an annoying box with a slidebar you have to use to read the story from left to right. This can make it difficult for stories to be read easily.
* It should be spelled correctly (already in there). Also, know the differences: "Your" (possessive) "You're" (You are). "There" (A place) "Their" (possessive) "They're" (They are.) "It's" (It is) "Its" (possessive).
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* It should be spelled correctly (already in there). Also, know the differences: "Your" (possessive) "You're" (You are). "There" (A place) "Their" (possessive) "They're" (They are.) "It's" (It is) "Its" (possessive).
* The story needs to make a degree of sense. It should be consistent and readable. Now, many of you are saying "Wait, what if I want to have a more fragmented approach to telling my story, ala David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino?" Well then, go for it. Just make sure that things eventually come together.
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* The story needs to be coherent. It should be consistent and readable. Now, many of you are saying "Wait, what if I want to have a more fragmented approach to telling my story, ala David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino?" Well then, go for it. Just make sure that things eventually come together.
* There should be some kind of hook; something to grab the reader's attention and entrench them in the story. One way is to start the story out in a unique setting, instantly making the reader want to read more about whatever bizarre scenery you are painting for them in their mind. Other ways are usually drawn out as the story is being told, or will hit the reader in the face like a bag of bowling balls at the end of the story. Whichever approach you use, keep the reader interested, or it obviously makes for a boring read
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* Stories that fail to capitalize [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/proper+noun proper nouns], have [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/homophone homophone issues], multiple misspellings, grammatical issues (it’s/its, their/there/they’re, failure to use apostrophes in contractions, etc.) are likely to be deleted within a few minutes of being uploaded.
 
* (Micropastas) There should be a plot of at least two (2) events. Micropastas may not be "plot-driven", persay, but a story ''always'' has some form of plot. The events can be extremely minor, even slightly unnoticeable, but they still need to be there.
 
 
* (Poems) Please use Stanzas.
 
* (Poems) It should tell ''some'' kind of story or have a sense of interpretation.
 
* (Poems) It should have some kind of meter and prose. Just because you write one sentence per line doesn't make it a poem. Do your research on poetry before you decide you want to be the next Edgar Allan Poe.
 
* (Poems) It cannot be AABB rhyme scheme. (First two lines rhyme, second two lines rhyme. First doesn't rhyme with third and second doesn't rhyme with fourth.)
 
* (Poems) It needs to have some depth and complexity. Stick to the same subject and do not jump around.
 
*(Journals/Diaries) It should read like a journal. I'm not going to update my blog/write in my diary when there's a murderous beast/evil plushie/someone I owe money to outside my window trying to kill me.
 
*(Journal/Diaries) People have this odd habit of acting like a journal is going to get read by someone else. Please don't. A journal is the opposite: Personal. On the other hand, a blog post would be a more public thing read by an audience.
 
*(Journal/Diaries) People aren't going to explain to themselves who people are. Dropping hints can be fine, such as events where a person is engaged with something they like, but full on saying it is unrealistic.
 
   
==Original Characters==
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* As there are too many pieces of advice to give for each genre/style of story, authors interested in writing a story should visit the [http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Creepypasta_Wiki:Writing_Advice Writing Advice section] as those guides can go more in-depth and be more effective than trying to cover everything here.
   
This isn't fanfiction.net. We don't prohibit Original Characters, but if you are intent on writing a story with them, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not base them off a pre-existing character. Any stories involving "Jeff-Inspired", "BEN-Inspired", "Photonegative Mickey-Inspired", or other "Inspired" characters will be deleted as spin-offs here, but can be posted to our sister site, [[w:c:spinpasta|Spinpasta Wiki]]. In short, don't waste your time posting spinoff stories on the Creepypasta wiki.
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*If in doubt about your story, you should take it to the [http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Board:Writer%27s_Workshop Writer’s Workshop] and visit the [http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Creepypasta_Wiki:Writing_Advice Writing Advice section]. The former will allow other users to help you troubleshoot and spot issues while the latter will help you with the finer points of writing.
   
==Questions to Ask Yourself==
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==Questions to Ask Yourself While Writing==
   
 
*Is this progressing the story?
 
*Is this progressing the story?
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;{{anchor|faq_1}}Why so many standards?
 
;{{anchor|faq_1}}Why so many standards?
:Would you rather read something legitimately decent, such as [[Dogscape|this]], or something like [http://pastebin.com/vjpkHnYS this]? Quite a simple question. The first. We want quality work, not something that had no effort put into it.
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:The users have commented multiple times that they value quality over quantity. We are trying to raise the value of creepypastas and only accepting stories that authors have put time and dedication into making it well-written.
   
 
;{{anchor|faq_2}}Why can't you go easy on the standards a little bit?
 
;{{anchor|faq_2}}Why can't you go easy on the standards a little bit?
:We had lower standards and it severely downgraded the quality of the site. A lot of stuff similar to what I posted above in the second link slipped through the cracks and got posted. We're still trying to whittle down the ridiculous 10,000+ page count; a number of them being terrible.
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:If you randomly select a number of stories on the site, unfortunately a number of which are not well-written or have very generic/cookie-cutter plots that we are still trying to clean up.
   
 
;{{anchor|faq_3}}My story got deleted as per these standards. What do I do?
 
;{{anchor|faq_3}}My story got deleted as per these standards. What do I do?
: Use [[Deletion Appeal]]. And when you do, ''MAKE SURE'' you follow the appeal guidelines set forth on the page. We have denied many people just based on the fact that they couldn't follow directions. If it was not good in the slightest, revise it per what the reviewing admin suggested, then use the [[Board:Writer's Workshop|Writer's Workshop]] for help. The Workshop has helped many people flatten out the dents in their story. Many of the stories eventually made it to the main site and are now quite good due to the input the writers got from our great reviewers.
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: Use [[Deletion Appeal]]. And when you do, ''MAKE SURE'' you follow the appeal guidelines set forth on the page. We have denied many people just based on the fact that they couldn't follow directions. Also it is paramount you take it to the [[Board:Writer's Workshop|Writer's Workshop]] for help or have a re-worked copy of your story before making the appeal. These stories are deleted for a reason and if you take a moment and look at the [[deletion appeal]] you’ll see direct correlation between appeals where the author has not revised the story and their denials. The Workshop has helped many people flatten out the dents in their story. Many of the stories eventually make it to the main site and are now quite good due to the input the writers got from our great reviewers.
   
 
;{{anchor|faq_4}}What do you mean by description?
 
;{{anchor|faq_4}}What do you mean by description?
:Put an image in the author's head. Don't overblow it and halt the storyline but don't make it vague and boring. Straight sentences without any form of legitimate description tend to make for a boring story. Overdone description? Same thing.
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:Put an image in the author's head. Don't overblow it and halt the storyline but don't make it vague and boring. Straight sentences without any form of legitimate description tend to make for a boring story. Using too much description can have the same effect.
   
 
:It's about finding the "as perfect as possible" amount of balance in your story. Is your story like Tobias Wolff's [http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/huntsnow.html Hunters in the Snow], a story which relies upon description of the setting and character attitudes along with Tub's perception of the other hunters in order to provide a symbolic foreshadowing of events? Or is it like Ernest Hemmingway's [http://www.asdk12.org/staff/grenier_tom/HOMEWORK/208194_Hills_Like_White_Elephants.pdf Hills Like White Elephants], which is mainly conversation and dialogue between two people and doesn't have to rely on it? Generally, it will be somewhere in between.
 
:It's about finding the "as perfect as possible" amount of balance in your story. Is your story like Tobias Wolff's [http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/huntsnow.html Hunters in the Snow], a story which relies upon description of the setting and character attitudes along with Tub's perception of the other hunters in order to provide a symbolic foreshadowing of events? Or is it like Ernest Hemmingway's [http://www.asdk12.org/staff/grenier_tom/HOMEWORK/208194_Hills_Like_White_Elephants.pdf Hills Like White Elephants], which is mainly conversation and dialogue between two people and doesn't have to rely on it? Generally, it will be somewhere in between.
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;{{anchor|faq_6}}What do you mean by must make sense? Isn't this Creepypasta where stuff isn't supposed to "make sense"?
 
;{{anchor|faq_6}}What do you mean by must make sense? Isn't this Creepypasta where stuff isn't supposed to "make sense"?
:I mean the story itself, not its elements. [[Dogscape]] is a wonderful story that makes no sense or anything else. The setting is made of dog, the plot line is weird, and people do things commonly that we wouldn't even consider touching. On the other hand, you've got the bad side: Things like [[w:c:trollpasta:The new killer|this]]. That's the bad kind of sense. I can't even explain how that story doesn't make sense because there isn't a safe point to stand on and explain from. It's fairly literally senseless. That's what I mean by make sense.
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:I meant the story itself, not its elements. [[Dogscape]] is a wonderful story that makes no sense or anything else. The setting is made of dog, the plot line is weird, and people do things commonly that we wouldn't even consider touching. On the other hand, you've got the bad side: Things like [[w:c:trollpasta:The new killer|this]]. That's the bad kind of sense.
   
 
;{{anchor|faq_7}}How are these standards enforced?
 
;{{anchor|faq_7}}How are these standards enforced?
:In a basic variety of ways. If it's not too far off - for example, just having a few misspellings, it's edited out. On the other hand, if it's leaving out plot points, has a number of holes, is excessively bland, it gets deleted.
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:In a basic variety of ways. If it's not too far off - for example, just having a few misspellings, it's edited/fixed. On the other hand, if it's leaving out plot points, has a number of holes, is excessively bland, it gets deleted.
   
 
:Though really, these are less like rules and more like guidelines. They only apply if said things detract from the story. While meeting them is a rule, these are meant for a general idea of why a user's story '''''could''''' get deleted.
 
:Though really, these are less like rules and more like guidelines. They only apply if said things detract from the story. While meeting them is a rule, these are meant for a general idea of why a user's story '''''could''''' get deleted.
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:Not really. Creepy is more of a subjective term here - that is, an opinion. We look at more objective approaches toward the acceptance of a story. That being said, we aren't expecting your first story to be Suggested Reading material right out of the box, just that you put effort into it.
 
:Not really. Creepy is more of a subjective term here - that is, an opinion. We look at more objective approaches toward the acceptance of a story. That being said, we aren't expecting your first story to be Suggested Reading material right out of the box, just that you put effort into it.
   
;{{anchor|faq_9}}These are way too strict! You're all just a bunch of corrupt assholes who delete stories for fun! You deleted my pasta that my second grade teacher liked even though it was riddled with grammar errors, plotholes, and was a wall of text! I'm going to Deviantart!
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;{{anchor|faq_9}}Don’t you think it’s unfair to delete another author’s story?
:Okay.
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:Not at all. Authors should treat their stories like a student submitting a report. They should make sure their story is well written and without evident errors. This may seem harsh, but authors need to take pride in their work and do their damndest to make sure it shows. If you post a story you wrote in a few minutes, it’s going to show and readers aren’t going to be interested in reading your other stories.
   
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Latest revision as of 15:11, August 16, 2015

These are the quality standards of the wiki. Following these rules is essential to writing a good creepypasta or a good story in general.

Please note that these guidelines are mandatory to every user posting stories on this site. Any story that fails these standards will be, without prejudice to the author or any other factors, deleted. If you are looking for a more in-depth as to why your story was deleted, you can ask an admin, post it to the Writer’s Workshop, or read this guide: So We Deleted Your Story: An Overview.

Minimum StandardsEdit

  1. Before you post your article to this site you MUST have proofread and spell-checked the document. This includes, but is not limited to, the proper use of capitalization, spelling, punctuation, spacing, and paragraphs. Most document editors, like Microsoft Word, have a spelling and a grammar check feature built in. We suggest using that, then copying and pasting into source mode on the site to eliminate any possibility of formatting conflicts. Failing that, there's always SpellCheck.net. You may also use source mode in the wiki editor to spell check. As a sidenote, ALWAYS store a copy of your work locally on your PC or tablet, or on the cloud. This will save you a lot of trouble later if the story is found to not be up to quality standards.
  2. If you upload a pasta that has the issues outlined above, you acknowledge that it can and in most cases will be deleted as soon as it is uploaded. Pages that are a single, massive block of text (Wall-o-Text) are hard to read. In short, they will be deleted. If you have questions with either of these violations, kindly leave a message on one of the administrator's talk pages and one of them will gladly help you out. We are trying to improve the overall quality of stories on the site and we need your help and dedication to do this, as a well-written story should be the author’s prerogative.
  3. This is not to say you must upload pages without any mistakes or you will be banned. We all make mistakes, and we have more than enough qualified editors (including you!) to help out with minor tweaks.

Page TitlesEdit

You must properly capitalize your page titles. See the Style Guide for a refresher course in capitalizing titles.

The long and the short of it is that titles must adhere to the following standards:

  1. Properly Capitalized.
  2. Do not use punctuation in the title as it’s bound to trip the spam filter. Titles do not need closing punctuation.

What We Generally Look ForEdit

  • Your story should have a consistent plot. It also should have a decent, original plotline. Please note that if your story shares a similar premise to another story or uses a number of Cliches or tropes, it will likely be deleted for not being up to our standards. This is extremely important. Your story could have impeccable grammar and meet every other rule, but if the story is riddled with plot holes and/or is very generic, we will have to delete it.
  • Please do not capitalize every word (or entire phrases) as a means of conveying emphasis. Italics or exclamation points suit the same purpose and are generally viewed as being less gimmicky.
  • There should be a good level of description. Too little description will make the story vague/bland/boring and too much detail can slow down the story and make it hard to keep reading.
  • Avoid awkward phrasing. Make sure there's a flow. Read your story aloud to yourself to make sure everything rolls off the tongue naturally.
  • If the formatting of the story breaks visual mode on the editor (Classic or not), it will be deleted. To prevent this, use the Source Mode on the editor and paste your story there (see above again). If needed, add a line break between paragraphs to avoid the resulting wall of text.
  • Don't indent in Source Mode. Yes, in books every new paragraph is indented. However the wiki's format is quite different in that indentation isn't used. If you indent on here, your text will show up in an annoying box with a slidebar you have to use to read the story from left to right. This can make it difficult for stories to be read easily.
  • It should be spelled correctly (already in there). Also, know the differences: "Your" (possessive) "You're" (You are). "There" (A place) "Their" (possessive) "They're" (They are.) "It's" (It is) "Its" (possessive).
  • The story needs to be coherent. It should be consistent and readable. Now, many of you are saying "Wait, what if I want to have a more fragmented approach to telling my story, ala David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino?" Well then, go for it. Just make sure that things eventually come together.
  • Stories that fail to capitalize proper nouns, have homophone issues, multiple misspellings, grammatical issues (it’s/its, their/there/they’re, failure to use apostrophes in contractions, etc.) are likely to be deleted within a few minutes of being uploaded.
  • As there are too many pieces of advice to give for each genre/style of story, authors interested in writing a story should visit the Writing Advice section as those guides can go more in-depth and be more effective than trying to cover everything here.
  • If in doubt about your story, you should take it to the Writer’s Workshop and visit the Writing Advice section. The former will allow other users to help you troubleshoot and spot issues while the latter will help you with the finer points of writing.

Questions to Ask Yourself While WritingEdit

  • Is this progressing the story?
  • Is this interesting, engaging or making the story better in any way?
  • Is this necessary to understand the story and/or will it come back later?

FAQEdit

Template:AnchorWhy so many standards?
The users have commented multiple times that they value quality over quantity. We are trying to raise the value of creepypastas and only accepting stories that authors have put time and dedication into making it well-written.
Template:AnchorWhy can't you go easy on the standards a little bit?
If you randomly select a number of stories on the site, unfortunately a number of which are not well-written or have very generic/cookie-cutter plots that we are still trying to clean up.
Template:AnchorMy story got deleted as per these standards. What do I do?
Use Deletion Appeal. And when you do, MAKE SURE you follow the appeal guidelines set forth on the page. We have denied many people just based on the fact that they couldn't follow directions. Also it is paramount you take it to the Writer's Workshop for help or have a re-worked copy of your story before making the appeal. These stories are deleted for a reason and if you take a moment and look at the deletion appeal you’ll see direct correlation between appeals where the author has not revised the story and their denials. The Workshop has helped many people flatten out the dents in their story. Many of the stories eventually make it to the main site and are now quite good due to the input the writers got from our great reviewers.
Template:AnchorWhat do you mean by description?
Put an image in the author's head. Don't overblow it and halt the storyline but don't make it vague and boring. Straight sentences without any form of legitimate description tend to make for a boring story. Using too much description can have the same effect.
It's about finding the "as perfect as possible" amount of balance in your story. Is your story like Tobias Wolff's Hunters in the Snow, a story which relies upon description of the setting and character attitudes along with Tub's perception of the other hunters in order to provide a symbolic foreshadowing of events? Or is it like Ernest Hemmingway's Hills Like White Elephants, which is mainly conversation and dialogue between two people and doesn't have to rely on it? Generally, it will be somewhere in between.
Template:AnchorDo I have to spell everything correctly in a dialogue area? I want to intentionally misspell a certain character's dialogue.
Sort of. It depends upon the character's dialect. If it's a US southerner, what words do they commonly mispronounce? "Your" would be acceptable as "Yer", "Get" as "Git", so on and so forth. A stereotypical Russian badass will occasionally leave out words such as "an" or a "the" every now and then, because they don't fully know the English Language or it's not their first language. That character's dialect determines whether the intentional misspell is bad, good, or in between.
Template:AnchorWhat do you mean by must make sense? Isn't this Creepypasta where stuff isn't supposed to "make sense"?
I meant the story itself, not its elements. Dogscape is a wonderful story that makes no sense or anything else. The setting is made of dog, the plot line is weird, and people do things commonly that we wouldn't even consider touching. On the other hand, you've got the bad side: Things like this. That's the bad kind of sense.
Template:AnchorHow are these standards enforced?
In a basic variety of ways. If it's not too far off - for example, just having a few misspellings, it's edited/fixed. On the other hand, if it's leaving out plot points, has a number of holes, is excessively bland, it gets deleted.
Though really, these are less like rules and more like guidelines. They only apply if said things detract from the story. While meeting them is a rule, these are meant for a general idea of why a user's story could get deleted.
Template:AnchorThere's nothing about "creepy" or anything. Is there some kind of guideline towards unnerving the reader or something?
Not really. Creepy is more of a subjective term here - that is, an opinion. We look at more objective approaches toward the acceptance of a story. That being said, we aren't expecting your first story to be Suggested Reading material right out of the box, just that you put effort into it.
Template:AnchorDon’t you think it’s unfair to delete another author’s story?
Not at all. Authors should treat their stories like a student submitting a report. They should make sure their story is well written and without evident errors. This may seem harsh, but authors need to take pride in their work and do their damndest to make sure it shows. If you post a story you wrote in a few minutes, it’s going to show and readers aren’t going to be interested in reading your other stories.

See AlsoEdit

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