Spelling and grammar!
Posted by crazydominodragongirl
07/16/08 - 10:22PM
Guys, this reminder really shouldn't be necessary, but Lunaescence is a moderated archive. What this means is that every story (by a non-validated author) that comes in is checked for proper spelling/grammar/punctuation/etc., and if it doesn't meet certain standards, it is deleted. You become a validated author only after it's been shown that you have a proper grasp of said spelling/grammar/punctuation. Frankly, quite a number of recent submissions have not met up to those standards.
If you're not completely confident that your mechanics are up to speed, there are several things you should do:
1. Use a spellcheck. Actually, it doesn't matter if you think your mechanics are perfect. Use a spellcheck anyway, because it can often point out typos.
2. Read over it. I can't stress this point enough. It's often obvious if an author doesn't check over their work, because there are blatant mistakes that wouldn't be missed otherwise.
3. Get a beta-reader. We have a list of beta-readers here. Alternately, go to whatever category you want and click the "beta reader" link at the top to find people willing to beta-read for that category.
4. Know your homophones! Use capitalization and punctuation correctly, especially around quotations! Etc., etc.. We even have a Writer's Guide category for more information on what specifically to look out for.
And to make this a multipurpose post: Once again, do not submit multiple chapters of a story at a time if you aren't a validated author. If we end up declining them for mechanics, then usually, we end up declining all of them. It saves all of us time - us checking over the stories, and you posting them - if you wait until the current chapter is validated before you try posting another.
Thank you. If any of the other mods have anything to add, or if anyone has any questions, fire away.