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  • keystrings wrote:Anyone ready for a review workshop? Be ready to broaden your review knowledge tomorrow! (If you cannot attend, feel free to let me know and I can either run through this workshop with you at a later point, or simply do the workshop twice. Thanks!)

    Review Month -- Building Review Knowledge Workshop

    Hello everyone and happy RevMo! I hope you've enjoyed the activities so far -- and that you are ready to dive into what exactly makes reviews so amazing and so fun to write. Or, if you're a bit confused on the best way to write and format a review, there will be plenty of time to ask them and to simply engage in a dialogue concerning reviews.

    Today's workshop will allow you to dive deeper into how to utilize both time and energy for reviewing, so that you can get the most out of your reviewing and truly help the writer!


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  • With RevMo in full swing, its time to revive #jumptheleaderboard and share your #ReviewGoals !

    I am currently at 73 with 656 reviews and I would like to dethrone SponsonLight who is at 65 with 681 reviews. That requires 25 reviews this month and even with my impossible schedule, I'm hoping to achieve this goal!

    Where are you in the All Time Review Leaderboard and where do you plan to be at the end of this Review Month? Tagging @alliyah, @Spearmint, @IcyFlame, @Liminality, @Plume, @Ventomology, @Rinisha, @LuminescentAnt, @Rose, @KaiaJersaga, @foxmaster, @GengarIsBestBoy, @Serrurie and anyone else who wants to join!

    alliyah Thanks for the tag! Since I have gotten WAYYYYY behind @IcyFlame who is now in spot 10!! I am hoping to pass @Kale and grab spot 18 by the end of the month. Really happy to be in the top 20 with 1211 reviews though.
    Sep 8, 2023

    foxmaster Oooh thanks for the tag!

    Good question. I haven't really thought about the all time leaderboard, but I would love to get at least 355 by the end of the month, and I know that with all the review month reviewing going on, it's at least possible!

    Sep 8, 2023

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  • alliyah wrote:

    Big News! YWS has a new global moderator on board!

    Even MORE Mold?!


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  • RevMo is finally here!

    Are you participating this year? Are you aiming for that snazzy victory gold username by writing 50 reviews or are you hopping on the Team Tortoise this month to get that dark cyan username? Or perhaps you are gearing up for the Checklist Challenge or some other contest? Share your goals for this month and how you plan to achieve them by using the #ReviewGoals !

    Here are my review goals for this month!

    1. Completing the checklist challenge.
    2. Writing 50 reviews so that I can show off that victory gold username!
    3. Try to complete Team Tortoise (although, I doubt I'll be able to this year)
    4. Maybe join the Banner Contest?
    5. Participate and encourage other reviewers throughout the month!

    Tagging a few peeps: @Liminality, @alliyah, @IcyFlame, @Horisun, @OrabellaAvenue, @Rinisha, @Spearmint, @Plume, @vampricone6783, @alpacaboss and everyone who wants to share their goals for this month! Happy RevMo!

    alliyah Thanks for the tag!
    Sep 1, 2023

    RandomTalks You're welcome!
    Sep 1, 2023

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  • IcyFlame wrote:A reminder of our rules on AI reviews below ahead of our annual Review Month. AI reviews unfairly cheat the system, and deprive writers of receiving actual reviews. We want to hear your thoughts on the work, not those of a machine!

    If you think you've received an AI review, or have any questions about these rules, please reach out to a moderator.

    Happy reviewing!

    Big Brother wrote:Hi everyone, with all the fun reviewing events happening right now this is a important message from your moderator team:

    Do not use AI writing tools to generate the majority of your review. While these tools can be fun to experiment with for your own work and can even aid writers as a tool in generating creating prompts and ideas, representing these types of AI generated writing as your own is unfair to other reviewers and unfair to the authors who are hoping for human (or maybe goose?) feedback.

    As a writing website, YWS exists to promote creative writing and the sharing of writing feedback between writers, representing AI generated writing as your own undermines those things, so it is important that we take this issue seriously. AI writing can be hard to spot, so we are relying on you as fellow writers and community members to act with honesty in representing your work and your reviews.

    If a user is found to be using AI reviews those will be treated as both spam and plagiarism, the review may be removed along with the points earned from them, and the user may be banned from the site. Please reach out to a moderator if you have any questions or suspect that you have received an AI generated review.

    Good luck reviewing this month, YWS!

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  • Plume wrote:
    Join me in congratulating our new Featured Member!


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  • Spearmint wrote:Image

    Welcome to the first day of Social Week!! We're starting with an art activity that'll run for the whole week.

    To participate, post any YWS-related art on your wall with the hashtag #YWSart. But wait, that's not all-- if you want a challenge, why not try making some coloring pages? ;) Color other people's coloring pages and share your art with the #YWSart hashtag as well!

    Here's a coloring page example, with some random doodles xD
    I would love to see all of you color parts of it, or even all of it! :]

    How I make a coloring page:
    1. Draw the design on a blank sheet of paper. I trace my designs with black pen to make them clearer.
    2. Scan it with an app like Adobe Scan. Clean up the image if needed.
    3. Upload the image to imgur or discord, copy the link, and pop it into the code below:
    Code: Select all
    [img]<link here>[/img]

    4. Post your image on YWS with the hashtag #YWSart and wait for people to color it!

    Happy Social Week, everyone!!

    P.S. Subscribe to the main thread to receive updates for each new event! ^^

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  • alliyah wrote:We successfully cleared the Green Room this Summer (and thanks to the After Watch Knights we even kept it under 15 works for a record-breaking number of days!) - you know what that means? We found the Golden Goose and we unlocked an August Social Week Celebration!

    Join us August 1-7 for a week long of fun tags, activities, write-ins, and chaos all hosted by the Golden Goose and your local Mod Squad. Oh! And did I mention there'll be three days where you can post your best literary works for free! Let's fill up the Green Room again with your best works and celebrate YWS!

    honk honk honk!

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  • Spearmint wrote:Image

    Interested in roleplaying, but unsure how to start? Tagged in a tagbook, but confused on how to join? Want to just chill and help out some roleplay newbies?

    Join the Intro to YWS Roleplays workshop on Friday, July 14, or Saturday, July 15! This workshop will run at two times to hopefully catch people from different timezones.

    Pop in on
    or !

    The link to a wfp will be posted on the day of.

    Psst... not sure what a wfp is? Click on the spoiler below!

    Spoiler! :
    Wfp stands for writerfeedpad, and it's a place to write and chat with other people online. To join a wfp, just click on the link! You should be taken to a screen that looks something like the image below.


    You can change your name and color by clicking on the name at the top right. On the bottom right is the chatbox. Type a message there and hit enter to send it and chat with other people! The large box on the left is the main area of the wfp. It's typically used when you have to write more, or to store things that you don't want to get lost in the fast-moving chat.

    Feel free to ask the other people in the wfp (also called the pad) if you have any questions! We're always happy to help <3

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  • Spearmint wrote:Curious about Camp NaNo? Need to plan your project out before starting? Want to hang out with other Camp NaNoers?

    I'll be hosting a wfp write-in tomorrow! ^-^ (date & time should be auto-adjusted to your timezone <3) It should run for a couple of hours~
    Feel free to join even if you're not doing Camp NaNo, and to host your own impromptu write-ins as well!! =D

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    Spearmint thanks for the repost, Random! <3
    Jun 24, 2023

  • alliyah wrote:While the search for the Golden Goose will continue through July (unless we find the goose sooner than that!) the Review Team rosters will be set at the end of June. If you want to join Team Lily or Team Maple in their quest for the Golden Goose please sign up here before the end of the month! So far between the two teams 218 Green Room Reviews have been written and the site has managed 510 total reviews! We still have a long way to go to clear the Green Room, but progress is certainly being made. Every Green Room Review gets us a little closer to our goal.

    Remember there's also a challenge to write five green room reviews this Summer, which I think can fit in just about anyone's schedule, but if everyone gave it a try I'm sure we'd be able to find that goose. ;)

    Other goose related news... progress is being made in our tagbook too (in fact the search crew is on their way to @Snoink's house next!) and if you need to read a poem about gooses today this is for you.


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    Hey Campers! There's only 7 days until the start of Camp and for anyone who's unfamiliar with how Camp NaNo works, here's a quick introduction so that you can also join in on the fun!

    Camp NaNo is basically a more relaxed and laid-back version of NaNoWriMo where writers get to set their own goals and work towards achieving it during the month. During Camp NaNo, not only do you get to choose your own goal, but you also have the freedom to choose what you want to work on. So whether its a new project or an existing one, whether its a novel, script or short stories - Camp NaNo is the best time to get those creative juices flowing!

    So if you haven't already done it, make sure to get your thread started in the Camp NaNoWriMo forum! You can use your thread to plan or plot your projects and once Camp officially starts in July, you can post your progress in whichever way you choose (through wordcounts, snippets, etc.). Feel free to browse through others' threads for inspiration and share encouraging comments to keep each other motivated throughout the month! There's also some exciting badges you can win just by participating!

    Happy Camp NaNo everyone!

  • alliyah wrote:There's never been a better time to join in with KotGR! Check out the Knights of the Green Room Information to find out how to join - you need to log just 10 GR reviews after declaring yourself a Squire in the Great Hall in order to become a Knight, then you begin a journey of knighthood defending the Green Room from the foes of the Literary Center while earning yourself badges and participating in challenges. And it's all "go at your own pace". Huzzah!


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  • Have you recently received/read an amazing review that has helped you incredibly in understanding your own or someone else's work? Has someone else's perspective and inputs in a review ever opened doors for you, or helped you build and reshape your stories and characters? Then don't forget to shoutout these amazing reviewers by using the #ReviewShoutout .

    For example, I would like to give a shoutout to @Rose for their friendly suggestions and helpful inputs and to @KaiaJersaga for sharing their personal opinions and for their focus on grammar in their reviews. Both of their perspectives have changed my reading experience of novels I'd previously been following!

    I would also like to give a shoutout to all our brave Tortoises whose incredible spirit has made this Great Tortoise Race very Great indeed!

    KaiaJersaga Wow! Thanks for the shoutout! I really appreciate it!
    Jun 14, 2023

    RandomTalks You're welcome! <3
    Jun 15, 2023

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats—the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill —The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it—and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another.
— JRR Tolkien