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  • lliyah wrote:Oh my gosh this would be a travesty please help save our chickens!

    Will also give 50 points to anyone who posts a chicken poem in the publishing center under chicken genre.

    Please help! 🥺🥺🥺

    Nate wrote:Okay everyone, I'm issuing an ultimatum. If there's not more than 20 works in the Chicken Lit section by this time next week, I am striking it out!

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  • Liminality Ooh that's a really adorable chicken! Thanks for sharing! Is that a sketch of yours?
    Sat Feb 04, 2023 7:44 am

    RandomTalks Yep, courtesy of a dare by lliyah!
    Sat Feb 04, 2023 3:28 pm

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  • Hey Lim! Here's some options ~~~

    Truth > What do you think is the purpose of poetry if there is one; or what is the purpose of your poetry!
    Truth > 10 things you're proud of yourself for?
    Dare > Write a poem about chickens and share it to 3 people's walls
    Dare > Make a new poetry discussion thread in the poetry discussion forum with a question or topic you've been thinking about! :)

    Liminality Thanks alliyah! Did the second dare here :D
    Sat Feb 04, 2023 7:43 am

  • Truth: What made you choose the username Liminality?

    Dare: Write a haiku about whatever you get on this random Wikipedia article generator.

    Liminality Truth: I watched an analysis video about Spirited Away that mentioned the concept of liminality. The word was just playing around in my head when I tried to think of a cool username and so I went with it! I've always thought it's quite fitting, since liminality broadly refers to spaces in between, and I tend to view life as a balancing act in between different things.
    Thu Feb 02, 2023 8:07 am

  • Truth: Which do you like writing better - prose or poetry?


    Dare: Write a haiku about mermaids! (and post it on your wall)

    Liminality Truth: I like writing poetry just a bit better than prose, especially short poems. Even when I do lots of revisions, there's definitely a lot more novelty / quick gratification in writing a haiku or one-liner, whereas if I work on the same short story for too long I start losing my investment in it xD
    Wed Feb 01, 2023 4:16 pm

    RandomTalks I totally get that thing about losing investment - has happened too many times with me!
    Thu Feb 02, 2023 8:17 am

  • Heya everyone! I'm going on vacation to the parrot room. I'm not sure how many of you know this, but I'm actually a parrot, not a robot. I just pretended to be a robot to keep up with the times, hehe <.<

    . . . @soundofmind

    soundofmind i knew it
    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:15 pm

    Euphory 0_0
    you were a parrot all this time?!?!? :O scandalous!

    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:39 pm

  • pick one:

    truth: have you ever lied to someone in a review? if yes, what about?

    dare: post on your wall saying you’re going on vacation to the parrot room because you have secretly been a parrot this whole time

    Liminality Oof I actually have no idea *whether* the answer to truth is yes/no because bad memory xD so doing the dare >:]
    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:12 pm

    soundofmind hehehehe
    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:15 pm

  • Euphory I DARE YOU TO tell me your best dad joke :)
    I TRUTH YOU to tell us which one of your poems is your favorite :')

    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:03 pm

    Liminality @Euphory Q. why did the student sit down at his presentation? A. Because he couldn't stand presenting any longer!
    Wed Feb 01, 2023 12:10 pm

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  • Social Month 2023

    We all love YWS. It is a special place on the internet where you can find other people with a shared love of writing. We may have all stumbled on to YWS to share our writing, but we often stay for the community.

    To celebrate said community, we are delighted to announce that Social Month will be back in February 2023! During the month of February, there will be activities in the People's Tab and forums that will encourage conversation and fun.

    Click the image to find out more!


  • Join us in congratulating the new FM! (Click the image!)


  • Liminality wrote:

    The works are reviewed,
    the Green Room hath shrunk,
    and back to his lair
    the wizard hath sunk.

    While he is aghast,
    the people delight:
    they dance in the streets
    from dawn to the night.

    It was a close match! The winning team who scored the most points, the Clever Elves, poured a magic potion over Big Brother's head and turned the frog back into a dog. But both the Book Wyrms and the Clever Elves' efforts weakened the evil wizard enough to send him scurrying away. All is well again in the Kingdom of Yewis.

    The Book Wyrms wrote 52 reviews and earned 5675 points. The Clever Elves wrote 44 reviews and earned 5790 points. With our combined efforts, 96 reviews were written. Fabulous work everybody!

  • Spearmint wrote:some Review Day promo i forgot to post earlier… consider it your 4.75-hours-in motivation!! =D


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  • Very comprehensive tips!
    scatteredscones wrote:

    Magical Elements of a Review


    A good thoughtful review usually includes:

    - Introduction, where you briefly say hello and talk about what drew you to review the work. (Usually something related to the work that made it stand out such as 'The title of this piece was unique, because xyz.' and not something like 'I am here because I want points.' So the author feels respected instead of patronized! C:)

    - The first impressions of the piece along with things that you maybe also notice upon rereading it. 'In my first reading of [book name] I noticed that the main characters would always argue with each other, and I must admit I only noticed their underlying fondness of each other upon rereading it!'

    - Politeness counts! This is not to say that you shouldn't give constructive criticism, because you definitely should! However delivery is important!

    Think about it like this, if your teacher was giving you criticism and said "Only dumb ugly [genders] don't use semicolons! Are you dumb and ugly? Put a semicolon then!!!" Not only should that teacher be fired but I doubt you would want to listen to them even if a semicolon was appropriate. That was really rude! Always reread your advice and put it through that filter. If someone else said this to me, a person meant to help me, would I be upset? Could this be misunderstood?

    On the contrary if a teacher told you, "I love what you are writing, but I do think there are a few missing punctuation marks! You could try a semicolon just here or maybe make a new sentence. C:" you would probably thank them! That is what we want! We are here to make each other strong, and help each other grow!

    - Grammar errors such as typos or misspellings are also great to point out! Authors want to make sure they aren't misunderstood as well as possible! Pointing out confusing sentences and explaining why they are confusing is also really helpful!

    Capitalization is an interesting thing, because in poetry it's not necessarily necessary! However it is very important in novels and short stories! If you are going to point out line breaks and capitalization in poetry, you must first consider that it might be the authors stylistic choice! Poets have different voices and not every poet writes the same way!

    - Always try to use capital letters and nice grammar in a review! Accidents and typos tend to happen, but when giving other writers advice it's best to be a little formal! You don't have to be a robot though, because emoticons and emojis are welcome too! They help the author detect tone and realize you aren't trying to be condescending!

    - Tell them how the piece made you feel! Emotional value is very important to a writer! How did the characters make you feel? What was your favorite line of dialogue? Who was your favorite character? What was your favorite non dialogue line? What made you laugh? What upset you? What do you think would happen if there were a second half of this work?

    - What do you think could be improved? Always be conscious that the person you are reviewing has feelings and try not to say anything like 'This needs a lot of work, reading it hurt my eyes. I think you should rewrite it entirely it was so awful I'm sick." You would not want such hateful feedback! It's discouraging and we are here to encourage and aid one another! Instead say things like, "This is a great piece, I really liked [insert favorite parts]. I think you could make it a bit more concise in the places where you talk about [thing] because it's slightly redundant. [Word] and [word] are synonyms, so they mean the same thing and it is repeated several times here. C: Also my favorite character would have to be [name]! I noticed you missed a few spaces between the beginning and ending of a few lines, it makes the peice a bit hard to read! It is an easy fix!"

    - If you feel like a lot of the persons works are struggling with grammar errors Grammarly is free and a well respected site used by a lot of colleges! You could make a recommendation as it works as a great editor! However it doesn't give constructive reviews so I would also recommend bringing their writing back here for a polish! Sometimes grammarly still fixes sentences wrong and they don't make sense or the meaning changes. It's nothing like having an actual live reviewer, but it helps reviewers be able to see the bigger images in your work and stop warning you about missing commas when they could be warning you about plot holes!

    - Be careful about recommending outside sources, however because all of them aren't safe! And don't click links or send other users links that you aren't one hundred percent sure are safe! You may get an awful internet virus that will crash your device! Besides there are a lot of resources in yewis that we know are safe! There is a whole forum!!!

    - At the end of your review leave a few encouraging words to the writer and sign off with your penname or nickname so they will remember you next time!

    Thank you for reading if you made it this far!

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  • #23in23 Support Group wrote:We are getting close to the end of the month! Make sure to get your tallies in if you haven't yet, and reminder that all 2022 threads will be deleted at the end of the month

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  • Great info post! And seconding on questions -feel free to ask me or any other mod any of your questions about Review Day or reviewing!
    lliyah wrote:Anyone new to YWS or new to Review Days and not sure what it is?

    This Thread should answer a lot of your questions!

    Basically "Review Day" is a challenge to review as much as you can in a designated time period - for this particular one users are split into two teams to make it even more fun as we compete against each other to see which team can review the most (teams are judged by points earned, rather than reviews written!). You can join a team by clicking the Join a Team button on the Home Page of the site. Also! this review day the site will actually keep track of the stats itself, so there'll be no need to log your reviews like our forum review-days.

    And added fun element this time around is that our beloved @Big Brother has turned into a frog because of a chaotic wizard, and it turns out the only way to turn him back into a dog is through reviewing!

    If you have any questions about Review Day please do not hesitate to ask in your team or in a comment below or reaching out to any moderator - we'll help you out! It's been a little bit since we've had a classic review day so it's totally okay to have questions! Hope everyone gives it a try even if you can only write a few reviews as it's tons of fun and a great way to help clear out the green room. :)

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If I seem to wander, if I seem to stray, remember that true stories seldom take the straightest way.
— Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind