Melissa (bufflie) wrote in thefirstline,

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Rules post.

Three votes for is good enough for me.

This post will have a mangled date, so it'll always be the first post on the community err... I'm not sure why it's not staying as the first post. Blast! I'll have to think of something. Anyway... this is basically for people who join the community later on down the road (or the ones that are already here and need to be reminded from time to time :P) and are a little lost about the rules.


One: Every story posted has to start with the sentence provided, no alterations. Here are some examples of what not to do... in case you are ever curious if you are breaking the rules.

If the sentence is All dogs go to heaven., you cannot make the period a comma and continue with the sentence. Keep the sentence exactly as it's posted.

If the sentence is a quote, such as "I like cheese!", you cannot turn it into "I like cheese!" said Bob. (exclaimed Jane., Kyle said gleefully (and besides, though I'm an adverb addict, adverbs are evil)., Sally said to Jim), "I like cheese and crackers." or I like cheese! If the sentence posted has quotes around it, that means the first sentence of your story is spoken by one of your characters.

If the sentence has a blank in it, that means you can fill it in as you wish. For example, if the sentence is ___________ went to the store., you can fill the blank in with I, He, She, It, Sally, Henry, Captain Ahab... whatever strikes your fancy. If the sentence is ___________ went to his/her grandmother's house., you cannot alter it so it says, I went to my grandmother's house. You can fill in the blank, but everything else about the posted sentence needs to stay the same.

If the sentence is Jasper lost his sock., you cannot start your story with, I heard Jasper crying in the other room. My mother told me what happened: Jasper lost his sock. The first line means the first line. I know it sounds obvious, but some people forget.

If the sentence I post makes absolutely no sense, it's probably because I'm an idiot. Feel free to point out any grammar issues with the "first lines" I post. Now, if you just happen to hate the sentence I choose, tough luck :P That just means you need to e-mail me with suggestions :D

Two: The word count must fall between 300 and 3000 words. No more, no less.
Three: All genres, except erotica, are accepted.
Four: Be creative.

Suggested story posting header

Word count
Rating (State why it's rated R, for example)
Author's Note (If applicable)
*Story behind LJ-cut* (And it would be great if you could stick a full line break between every paragraph so the whole thing is easier on the eyes)

It's not a big deal if you don't include all that information. It'll just give people an idea of what they're stepping into.

How to do an LJ-cut: <*lj-cut* text*="Blah">What you want to be cut.<*/lj-cut> (Just take out the *'s)

Due Dates

Stories are due any time on Wednesday. If I get the next sentence up before you have a chance to post your story, don't worry. As long as it's in some time on Wednesday, you're good to go.


You're more apt to get feedback if you give it yourself. I'd like to encourage everyone to give feedback (concrit, only) even if you don't get around to writing and/or posting your own story. Concrit makes us better writers.

Extra challenges

Genre Challenge: If posted, and if you want to try the challenge, you try to write a story in that genre. Just like the first sentence is fixed, you can have the genre be fixed for you too.

Location Challenge: Let's say that I want the location for the story to be a park. If you accept the challenge, then a park needs to appear in the story (the char runs through the park, passes a park, walks his/her dog in the park) or you can make it harder and make the story center around the park.

Object Challenge: Let's say the object is a glass of wine. A glass of wine then has to appear in the story (a friend was drinking a glass of wine, the char had a glass of wine with dinner, the char dumped a glass of wine over a boyfriend's head). Or, like with the location challenge, you can try and make the story revolve around that one object.

I'll continue to add to this if I think of anything. I hope this is helpful.

Mel })i({
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