How To Add A Story
- The form to post a story should be self-explanatory or at least easy to
figure out what goes where. The fields that must have entries in order for you to post a story are: Title, Summary, Category, Rating and of course Story Text.
- The first box is for the title of
your story. Simply enter the Title. If you want to make the title a 'hot link' to take the reader to another webpage where your story is already located, see #12 below for instructions.
- Below the Title is a space to provide a brief summary of what the
story may be about. Please, readers like this, so take a moment to provide
something. Do not use, 'Please Read', 'I'm a great writer you won't
be sorry', 'Untitled' or anything else that doesn't pertain to the story. You will also note this section is the first that incorporates the TinyMCE editor this script uses. You may use the buttons below this space to modify your entry, with bold, italics etc. You may also use either the 'Plain Text' or 'Word' buttons to cut and paste your information from another source. If you use the Firefox browser you will need to use these as Firefox does not allow the 'cut and paste', I didn't try it in IE or other browsers yet.
- To submit a birthday story, for Category first use the drop down
box to select Months. Once Months shows under Category,
use the drop down box again to select the appropriate month your story was
written for. Once that is finished be sure to hit Select to save
your choice. On rare occasions the story may fit another Category.
Perhaps you wrote a story that covered several months, or it may involve a holiday, or there were some
that were in Poetry form. If you wish to add another Category
just follow the above steps again, be sure to hit Select when
finished. Your Category choices will be listed in the field box
below the Category selection box. If you enter a Category by
mistake, just highlight it in the box below and hit the Clear button.
- The next three boxes deal with some of the warnings that may be
identified with your story and can also be used for readers to search by.
Most of the stories on this archive will be of the H/C Genre, but
other Genres may apply. Choose what fits your story and highlight
it. As noted in the directions above the boxes, holding down the CTRL
key after making your first selection will allow you to make multiple
selections if needed. Do the same for Warnings, choose any amd all
of those listed that may be appropriate for your story. For Characters,
the main cannon characters have been listed. Only worry about choosing the
Character(s) that are the main focus of your story. NOTE: If
there is a Genre or Warning that you think needs to be added,
please notify Administration at
- The next line is for your story's rating. You may find the
http://tfrrs.tripod.com/. Remember no slash is allowed on this archive.
- If your story is complete in one posting, check the box next to
complete. If you have multiple chapters leave this box blank. You can then
add additional chapters until the story is complete. When the story is
complete, then go to your manage stories page. On your list of stories you
will see the word Complete and Yes or No beside it. If
the story is now complete, click on the No and it should change to
Yes. The reverse is true if you accidently set a story as complete but
it is still in progress.
- Chapter Titles - most are labeled as Chapter 1, Chapter 2, ect,
(these come up automatically, don't shoot me if I'm wrong) but you may give
your individual chapters an actual name, feel free to do so here.
- Author's Notes: This is optional. For simplicity's sake only OW,
ATF, and AU where included in the list under Genres. If you want to
further identify the AU you are writing in, you may do that here. Also note
this script generates a date that the story is published, the date you
upload it to the archive. This will show on the Story Indexes and when
formatted for printing, if you want to include the original date the story
was written do so here. This is where you can also acknowledge beta readers
or original creators to the AU or characters in your story, or simply
explain special circumstances within the story that you wish to point out. Note: if you do a link to your story in the Title section your authors notes mau not show up.
- Now it comes to the heart of the action - adding the story. You can do
this by either cut and pasting your story into the text box. Or look
below the larger box to the Story Text (file). Here using the browse
button will allow you to find your story in your computer files and
upload it to the site. If you customarily put the Story Title, Author,
Warnings, Disclaimers etc. at the top of your story in your file, uploading
this way will not put this information in the appropriate spaces, it
will just be another paragraph. You may want to make a separate file just
for the body of your story for this purpose, and some say saving it as a
txt file makes the process easier, just like it makes it easier for
cutting and pasting to the list. If you use Microsoft Word you will
probably get double spaces between the paragraphs. It helps if you go
through your story and remove the extra spaces before you hit preview,
because previewing may add another extra space. Above the authors notes you
will see a list of allowed HTML tags, this is what this program recognizes.
If you get a lot of extra spaces or strange line breaks after you preview
your story you can go through and delete any of the extra <br/> you find. If
TinyMCE and you can try to
understand it at their site. Sometimes cutting and pasting your work from
another site, with the HTML already encoded works fine and will leave the
allowed codes in place such for Italics = <i></i> or Bold =
<strong></strong>. You can add these functions yourself in your story, just
remember when you put the beginning tag, after the section you are changing,
put the ending tag, (the tag with a / ). I'm sorry if this is only as clear
as mud to some people, I think it will take a little trial and error before
you get use to it. And for archivist this is only a small fraction of the
code they use to manage websites so now you can appreciate them even more.<g> Note: Since I wrote this, I updated the TinyMCE editor. Now it is much easiser to use the buttons for the cut and paste in txt file format or word. Click on one of the buttons below the text box, paste your story into the box then hit insert. As before you can through and edit if you need to. Highlight words to Bold and use the bold button, it will automatically place the code. For the horizontal lines between scene changes or POV use the 'bar' located there. You will not see the bar right away just a small dot. If you are like me and paste a story part up to a break, insert the break,just go ahead and paste the next story part in. It will go in the right place. Hit preview and you will see the breaks. If you hover your mouse over a button on the editor it will identify it.
- If you do need further help or question contact the administration
- You already have your story up on a website, you don't want to upload
the story here because you want the readers to see your pretty pictures too.
<g> We can handle that. I like to use the Story Title box for this
but you can also do this in the story text box. The reason I like using the
Story Title box is because then when readers select the title you
will automatically go to the story, otherwise you will get another page and
then be able to click on the URL. So in the Story Title box (see how
I got you to do that) insert the following <a href='http//Note this is
your URL addy here'>Your Story Title As Normal</a>. And that should
give you a hot link. You will still need to fill in the other items,
Summary, Genre, Ratings, etc. Plus put something in the text box, like 'See
Title'. If you do the hot link correctly no one will ever see that but the
program expects something to be there. If you don't do the tags in the Story
Title box, just put the above tags and addy in the Story Text
box to create a hot link there. Also note: doing this method will
not give you your word counts, chapters counts etc, if you are concerned
with those things. People can still review your story though.
- If you use horizontal lines or special characters *~ ~* or = = 7 = =,
to mark the POV and scene changes within your story, you may certainly leave
those in. You may want to check that they are centered (<center></center>), or use the centering button, if you want them that way. What I like is if you go through you can remove
those and at the left hand margin where they were, insert <hr>. When your
story is published the default horizontal line will be inserted
automatically. With the TinyMCE editor there is a blue bar button that
will insert the horizontal line for you. It will not appear until you
use the preview button. If you hand code the <hr> you may need to hit
the preview button twice for the lines to appear.
- In the future we hope to add a gallery site to upload pictures. Still
working on that, but you can add an image to your story if you wish. I
believe you can also add one to your personal information page also, like an
avatar. If you want to add a picture to your story, go to your account page
and look for Manage Images. Select upload new image, use the
browser button to select the image from your computer and hit
Upload. If done successful you will be given an HTML code, copy
that and paste it into your story, usually at the top of the first chapter.
- Adding Fanart: For the time being a Category has
been added for Fanart to allow you to upload pictures for
manipulations of pictures if you wish. Login, go to your
Account Page, choose the option Manage Images. (images
cannot exceed 640x480 pixels). After you upload the image, you will
see a page with the html code for the image. Go to page to upload a
story and fill in the form. In the box for Story Text, copy the
code for the image. Do not add anything other than the image to the
story text box. If you want to add notes to the picture do so in the
Summary or Author Notes section. Make sure you submit
the picture under the Fanart Category only.
- To Issue or Answer a Challenge: Click on Challenges.
To Issue a Challenge, click on 'Issue a Challenge'. Fill
out the short form. A Title, readers can search by titles, a
brief Summary of what you'd like to see. Category should
be Challenges. Then if you want to specify Characters.
To Answer a Challenge: Click on Challenges. You
can read through the Challenges offered, the alphabet line above can help
search by titles. To submit your Answer to one, go to you
Account Page and Enter a New Story, be sure the Category
you select is Challenges. When the story is uploaded
go to the Challenges page find the challenge you were answering and
click on Respond to the Challenge under the entry. You will see
a list of your stories, click the box next to the one you are answering the
challenge with and Submit. This will link your story to those files.
- That should be it for now, you now an author on the Archive. If there
is something else that you feel needs to be covered here feel free to
contact the Administration. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also if you need further help. I'm still learning too, but we will muddle