Help Topic: Library: creating stories
The Guild of Archivists Library is a place for creators of Myst-and D'ni-related fiction to post their stories.
Creating a story
To create a new story, you will need to have an account. If you need help registering, you can follow the instructions in this help article.
Once you have an account, you can create a story by clicking the "Add Story" button at the top right of the Library homepage. With this form, you will create a "landing page" for your story. Give your story a name and a description. You can also upload a cover image that will be displayed alongside your story in listings and the story page itself.
If you want to create a round robin-style story where multiple people can participate, be sure to set the "Allow other contributors" option to "Yes". By default, this is set to "No", meaning you will be the only person who can add content to your story.
Tags can help readers find your story by categorizing it according to genre and content. There are predefined tags for a variety of story genres, but you can also add your own. We also recommend tagging any major Myst characters that appear in your story, like Atrus, Saavedro, or Dr. Watson.
If you are creating a story with a Teen or Mature rating, you must use tags to provide content warnings for readers. There are several predefined content warning tags available for you to choose from, but this list should not be considered exhaustive, and you should tag anything that isn't covered by those predefined tags on your own. See below for more information on how tags should be used in conjunction with the rating system.
Every story needs a rating. The Library has three ratings to choose from: Everyone, Teen, and Mature. You should choose a rating that fits the content of your story.
Stories rated "Everyone" are for general audiences. Think of this as the equivalent of a movie that's rated G or PG, or a game that's rated E. There should be no content in a story with this rating that a parent would find objectionable if their child stumbled across it.
"Teen" is our general-content category: most plots can be written to stay within the boundaries of the teen rating. Teen is likely best defined by what is not allowed: description of sexual acts, highly charged sexual situations, and detailed description of violence or injuries.
The sex tag, when used with a teen rating, is used as a warning that the story contains lightly-charged sexual situations, innuendo, or vaguely implied (but not described!) sexual acts. Some light kissing is fine, light touching generally is too, but if things get heavily charged, you need to move to the mature tag.
The gore tag, when used with a teen rating, is used as a warning that the story contains (generally somewhat vague) descriptions of violence, bloodshed, or injuries. We will generally allow a decent bit of violence here, but if a ton of people are dying or you’re describing gruesome injuries, you’ll need to move it to mature.
Stories that are rated "Mature" can include detailed descriptions of sex and/or violence, as long as the stories don’t break other site rules. Neither violence nor sexual content are required for a story to be rated mature however, as it also implies stories that deal with difficult situations in a much more intense way than the other two ratings do. The bottom line is that mature stories are more risky, explicit and intended for an adult audience.
The sex tag, when used with the mature rating, is used as a warning that the story contains detailed descriptions of sexual acts. Teen-level sexual acts are generally fine in Mature without this tag, however.
The gore tag, when used with the mature rating, is used as a warning that the story contains extreme violence, detailed description of injuries, mass death, and similar violence-heavy themes.
Use the story status field to indicate how far along your story is. Readers can use this field to filter what stories they want to see. Finished stories should be marked as "Complete". If your story is not yet finished, be sure to set it to "Incomplete" so that readers know there is more to come. If you're putting your story on hiatus, or just don't want to complete it anymore, you can use "On Hiatus" or "Cancelled" to keep your readers informed.
Adding to a Story
Once you've created your story, you can start to add chapters to it. For short stories, you may only need one chapter, while longer narratives may require more than one. Round robin stories will always feature more than one chapter, as each one will be written by a different participant.
To add a new chapter to your story (or to add a new chapter to a round robin tale), open your story and click the "Add Chapter" button on the right-hand side of the page. Then fill in the name of the chapter, as well as the story's content. You can copy and paste from another document, or write directly into the content field. Once you're finished, click "Save" to add the chapter to your story.
If you are transferring a story from another platform, we encourage you to use chapters to break up a longer story, and to post them in the order in which they should appear, as chapters cannot currently be re-ordered once they are posted.