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Is there, or was there a private writers board where people can post their stories to get feedback from writers without actually fully posting the stories out? Sort of like work in progress board.

I felt like the story posted here all need to be either finished or can't be posted at all, but I am very much missing the middle step. I want to learn writing and seek feedback or critique to improve. Especially when English is not my first language.

If I post a link to my story hosted somewhere else, then it gets deleted (I tried that), but I don't want to post a WIP in the New Additions if I seek feedback and critique, right?
 

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I've felt that we do need a place to discuss our WIP and how to turn outlines and plot ideas into actual stories.
 

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Yeah, no.
Yeah, that's a sticky wicket. I had to send my full script to a couple people here to get their feedback, which was invaluable.
 

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Most of my fiction work isn't erotic, but that which is, usually I make far too many errors. I like the feedback as I'm working on it.
 

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It would be perfect if the Admin creates a board just for this. Could be invite-only or private or whatever they think would be best.
I tried to post a link to my WIP story for review and seek suggestions on this board and it was deleted by admin - because of the external link. But I am not going to post the entire story in a writer's dialogue board, right? It would be deleted as well. I am not going to post the unfinished story in New additions, because a) it's unfinished b) will be deleted.
I think we need some middle of the road WIP board. There are some great writers here that could give fantastic advice but there is basically no way to communicate and debate progress unless you have a specific question.

Also collaboration - there is basically no way to collaborate on stories. And it could be great. All of us get to a roadblock that someone else can solve.

Or if anybody knows about other sites where wg writers can work on projects together and get advice if this board doesn't want that.
 

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Quite a while ago there was a Writer's Guild here on Dims where selected members had all sorts of discussions in private about their stories, recreational writing in general and issues related to the Dims Library.
This sort of ran dry over time before it was closed years ago.
So empirical evidence is against such a board being viable - especially since forum traffic and membership has declined sharply since then.

I understand the wish to have such an option here and sympathize with the idea.
As a mod though, I would also like to throw in a more critical perspective.

Although the Dims Library has always been the second post popular - after the paysites - element of the site, Dims is not one mainly targeted at amateur writers. It only offers those who like to write fat fiction a forum to share their work with an inclined audience. It especially does not aim to assist in fiction writer training of any sort - or provide a forum for writer collaboration. The ressources for that simply aren't available. All the mods are volunteers - and we all have only limited capacities and extensive story editing or even tutoring extremely time intensive. We're willing to help out on smaller issues - but complete edits, re-writes or translations are beyond our means here.

The Recent Additions Forum has always been tolerant as far as work in progress goes - it is totally okay to post a part of a story and request feed-back from readers. As mods we'll be happy to help then with inserting edits or advising to re-post a thoroughly revised story.
That said - given the legions of only story beginnings we unfortunately have on Dims - a WIP posted here must be more than just an idea for a story with an initial chapter. But a decent first part, along maybe of questions for readers, requests for feed-back will certainly not be deleted.

From my own experience and style of working when writing fiction - my advice would be to actively seek feed-back from writers whose work speaks to you, whose input you would appreciate. Contact them via PM - this can also be organized as a group conversation. Exchange ideas, feed-back, etc. in that closed group - and see how it works.

Happy writing- and feel free to contact me in case you need any specific advice.
 

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Thanks for the clarification. Sorry to start the thread, I should probably think first then type later. I'll promise I'll try to be more cautious with my posts.
 

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EmilyEW - absolutely no need to be sorry. You addressed a perfectly legit question in a very respectful manner which hasn't been discussed here for a while. And the positive responses you received show that other members feel similarly. That is what Dims is all about - discussing things that are important to us with other likeminded people.

Nobody here on the board - not even the dinosaurs among us - expect newer members to start major excavations in the Forums to find out whether an issue might have already been ventilated back in Dims pre-history. Especially not those questions in closed forums that have been gone for good for many years. After a longer period of time re-discussing almost any issue with new people is worthwhile.

Also - please do not worry so much about posting stories that are only half-way finished and where you would like feedback. Readers here are open, tolerant and helpful.
Apart from the fact that Dims is only for fat& weight related fiction, the rules we have boil down to 3 simple and imo comprehensive points:
  • Keep it legal!
    Meaning respect the generally applicable laws for publicizing: no pornography, no exploitation of minors, no infringement of privacy rights of others.
  • Make it readable!
    Dims is for amateur writers, not Pulitzer Prize candidates. So the quality level we expect is from high school newspaper upwards. That includes spell and grammar check as well as basic editing (are all sentences complete?, etc.). Non-native English writers are encouraged to contact the moderators for assistance - we're happy to help.
  • Post an actual story!
    The Dims "Library" is called library for a reason: we want to have a collection of finished works, be it stories, novels, novellas, whatever. Not a lose-leaf collection of story ideas and snippets (... we actually way too much of that, which is highly disappointing for involved readers).
    If you are writing a story - meaning up to 4-5 post installments - please finish that before posting. If it is going to be a longer tale, then posting the initial 2-3 chapters first and requesting feed-back is totally okay. But we greatly appreciate it, if the longer saga can be finished within a reasonable time-span.
 

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Thanks for your answer! Dimensions was always the best source for such literature with the old stories archive and those stories were my first real introduction to the world of wg with some great authors pouring their kinky ideas to my porous young mind. I probably gained a few pounds here and there as a result of some of the stories :)

There are some other sites where "help will always be given to those who ask for it", except posting WG literature may end up with my name on their hit list and another horse head in my bed. (the more the merrier)

Woohoo, maybe I can start posting there some innocent romantic story, with suburban moms trying to find their life callings by opening a hair salon, with intrigue and colorful characters, and then boom in the middle, unexpectedly, everyone will get immensely fat by funnel feeding each other. Hahaha!

No honestly, happy new year. may the 2021 be less 'ef'ucked-up than the 2020.
At least I am sure it will be better than 2022, right? So it is not all that bad.
 
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