Behold The New Writers' Gallery & Community!

MonkeyLek · July 10, 2003 12:00 am

The pen, it is said, is mightier than the sword. And while it is not for us to say whether or not these days are any more, or less, grisly than any other in humanity's history, it stands to reason that the blossoming bloom of creativity is generally more preferred to the bludgeoning baton of destruction. Perhaps every neuron bent towards the acts of creation and imagining help to offset the bleating and wailing of our baser instincts. Whatever the case, if you'll forgive our attempt at belletristic eloquence, we're happy to direct you to a legitimate source of compelling wordsmithery. Along with the launch of the new communities (including the Writers' Community), Renderosity is proud to introduce the Writers' Gallery!

You can get your writing critiqued or help others improve their writing...Great for getting help on your work before committing to the Gallery! * Observations and debates on writing techniques. * And more! We're very excited for the creative possibilities resulting from the new Gallery, as well as the Writers' and other new communities.

Naturally, the TOS still applies. Please take a moment to review the specific Terms of Service for the Writers' Gallery:

Writers' Gallery Guidelines

The Writers' Gallery is the place to post your own original poems and stories. All copyrights belong to the original writers. Submissions to the Writers' Gallery may be accompanied by an original graphic that you created.

If the piece contains references to nudity or sex, please use the Nudity flag.

If the piece contains violence, please use the Violence flag.

If the piece contains offensive language, please use the Language flag.

This is a courtesy to other members. Renderosity reserves the right to toggle the Nudity, Language and Violence tags as appropriate to the story or poem.

Acceptable submissions: * Stories * Poems * Essays * Editorials (Editorials in this case refers to the style of writing done by newspaper columnists. Any genre (except pornography) is welcomed in the Galleries.

Unacceptable themes/depictions: *While Renderosity believes in freedom of expression, we have a specific style in mind for the site described in the TOS and do not accept images or writings that fall outside this style. Just as the Harry Potter books would not be appropriate under the Harlequin Romance series, or the Danielle Steele novels in the Scholastic Kids section, Renderosity will not publish (or allow to remain posted) stories or poems that are outside the Terms Of Service (TOS) for the site: * Rape. * Torture. * Sexual acts. * Physical arousal. * Graphic descriptions of body parts. * Depictions of young humanoid characters in erotic or seductive contexts. * Character attacks, which could be interpreted as defamation of character, slander, or libel.

A good rule of thumb is to imagine your story or poem as a movie. If any of the images from that movie would be removed from the Renderosity pictorial galleries, then the written descriptions may not be acceptable, either. There are grey areas of what is acceptable and what is not.

Renderosity reserves the right to remove any stories, poems, or images that do not fit with the site.* If a team member removes a story or poem, a sitemail will be sent to the member explaining the reason for the removal. If you don't understand the reason, please contact that team member and ask for further explanation. If you don't agree with the removal, you can bring the issue up to the Administrators of the site. While the matter is under consideration, please do *not* repost the disputed work either in the Gallery or in any of the Forums. If the decision to remove the story or poem is upheld, you are welcome to post other works that better fit Renderosity, but please do not repost the piece that was removed anywhere on the site.

Examples of grey areas: * A man deals with the rape of his wife. Although technically the story concerns rape, it is dealing with the after effects and how people cope with tragedy. Unless the story contained graphic details on how she was raped, the story would most likely be acceptable. The same story from the rapist's point of view would most likely be rejected. * Two teenagers have sex for the first time. This type of story would be heavily scrutinized. If the actual sex takes place off-screen, then it may be acceptable. Due to U.S. law, Renderosity will be very conservative in what it considers acceptable in these circumstances. * Battlefield scenes - realistic depictions are usually fine. If the work is particularly graphic and/or centers on the joy of inflicting harm or death upon others, it may be removed under the torture clause. * Sex scenes - if the actual act takes place off-screen, is briefly referenced, or is alluded to in metaphor, it is likely acceptable. If the descriptions are graphic, especially concerning body parts, then it will likely be removed.

If you're not sure where your work would fall under the TOS, please contact one of the Moderators. We will be glad to review your story and let you know if it fits the site.

Please remember, if a story or poem is removed, it's not a reflection on you, your talent, or even the literary merit of that particular story. It's simply a matter of what fits in the site and what does not.

Thank you for sharing your work in the Gallery, The Renderosity Staff

Article Comments

dialyn ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 July 2003

I really like this idea. Congratulations, Crescent! I know you have really worked hard to carve a space for the writers in the Renderosity world. It will be fun to see how this evolves. :)

romanceworks ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 July 2003

This sounds GREAT! Wonderful addition to the community. Looking forward to sharing our poems, song lyrics and stories, and enjoying the words of other artists. Posting the image with the writing is also a fabulous way to experience both.:o) Cavalaris & HEART -Romanceworks

gallimel ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 10 July 2003

a wonderful opportunity for us to expand our pleasure in visiting and be part of the site.. I'll definitely have a go at this :) Thank you:)

Wolfman77 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

I think its a great idea. It will let us expand the community even more .. It will be instresting to see what happens if this idea is approved

A_ ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Sounds great! Very nice feature indeed. :) Thank you. :)

Charmz ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

While there are already an amazing set of verbal contortionists using the writers forum area, I sincerely hope that this change will drag more victims kicking and screaming in!

tien_avielle ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Happiness is ... finding Renderosity, and a writer's forum and now a community and gallery, too! Ya - hoo! (I am MOST PLEASED!)

rhiafaery ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Oh wow! I am so excited about this, since I usually put a story to any images I create anyway. I had only just started venturing in to explore the writer's forum, and now I have this to play in, too! :) Now I have a real reason to focus more on the writing aspect. Thank you so much!

Tirjasdyn ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Just a note: Posting your writing work online constitues First Rights. So if you were planning to sell your piece to a magazine or put it in a book and the publisher wants First Rights you'd be SOL. Though I love this idea, it is hard to participate when you write for money. An example: Orson Scott Card writes for his town newspaper, as well as books. He posts the articles on his site but cannot do so until they have run in the paper, and been on the paper's site first.

amadreea ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Finally a home for those that have something to tell, a story to tell. Missfortunatelly some of us are not native english speakers ( i.e. myself) But again, this is an unexpected chance for any of us. I hope this community to last as long as rosity will last, forever.

dialyn ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Two things... I would suggest that no one place on the Internet anything that they wish to publish. I would also remind anyone that nothing is safe on the Internet so it is vulnerable to theft. On the other hand, not everyone has the goal of being published and they accept the risks of sharing their abilities with others. I don't think the stories have to be limited to English necessarily. We have an international group. Is there anything against TOS against a poem in Spanish or a short story in German??? I've seen multi-lingual threads in the forums...why not in the gallery???

Shoshanna ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

I love the community idea, and I'm really happy to see our little band of writers get an extension to their forum home. Congratulations Crescent, you've scored another massive goal for the writers on Renderosity. Keep up the good work. ps What does belletristic mean?

Crescent ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

Tirjasdyn - you're right on the publishing rights issue. Although you don't want to post anything here that you're trying to sell, you can post other stories and poems, teasers to get people interested in your writing. If you're trying to get a novel published, you might consider writing a short story or two about characters in the novels - events that take place before or after the novel. amadreea & dialyn - Posting in any language is fine, though I frown on Pig Latin. ;-) If it's not in English, there's probably going to be less response, but we won't know until people post. I can't wait to start reading the gallery submissions!

Commander_18 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 July 2003

This is a really good idea, I might even try a story myself :D. But I have one question: Thou the details on the posts were very clear, it never mentioned if there is a maximum length to the essay, poem or story which you may write.

DawnStar ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 July 2003

This is a wonderful addition to Renderosity. If I could have one wish for this new gallery it would be that the pictures could be larger. :)

bostproductions ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 July 2003

I have been tremendously enriched by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and Luo Guanzhong among others, and have come to appreciate the artistry needed to achieve a great translation. Maybe it would be a good idea to open up all stories posted to those who could do a good translation, with the author's permission, of course. More could share, and translators could get some feedback.

JazzyJoe ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 July 2003

This i awsome! i've always wanted to get my poetry out on the internet like my images. This is a great opportunity, thank you.

bkriter ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 July 2003

I like this idea. Unfortunately, I am currently working on a story that covers items 3 thru 6 of the unacceptable themes list. So, I shall not be posting any of my completed novels on this site.

TalonGE ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 July 2003

I'm thrilled,... well, maybe I'm not. 15,000 characters is barely enough for five pages of decent text. A good chapter or short story is gonna be 30,000 to 50,000 characters. At best you'll be able to write small snippets,... pieces of a story and leave off the ending,... not enough room. How about you let us upload a .pdf file, or even a zipped .pdf file, and store it with a link for download,... or simply link to another file server for the download of the .pdf file. My wife is an erotic romance writer,... most of the erotic romance sites out there do it this way. I'm not suggesting R'osity turn into a writer's guild,... but hey,... you started it. Frankly, I'd kill to have a decent forum in which to publish my writing work,... expecially if it could get the attention of ahem "the real" publishing companies. Consider making some size adjustments,... it would help a lot. Perhaps instead of a limit of 3 uploads per day at 15,000 characters each, make it a limit of 45,000 characters a day in all uploads? Just a thought.

cedarwolf ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 13 July 2003

At I have to decide what to submit!

omegavenum ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 13 July 2003

This is a great Idea. I love it. I know that so many of the artist that create characters have stories to go with them, what better place to showcase them. Moreover, who better to critique your work, than like minded people.

mjonesboy ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 14 July 2003

poetry... art... music... oh my!!! We may have a cutural revolution here. Seriously, it sounds like a natural extension to the 'rosity community creative endeavours. Good for us!

kpredmor ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 14 July 2003

I think this is great! Now I have a place to post my children's story books for giveaway. Thanks!!!

Alisea ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 15 July 2003

Jesus, I really like this idea: i have written a fantasy-novell which ahs been already published and I wolud post parts of it, here.

effete ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 15 July 2003

I found it truly wonderful idea! But what should I do in case when I am not an English native speaker? Would you find it appropriate to write in Polish or other out of the world language? Or Hmm maybe I will practice my English on you. What a sadistic being I am :>>> Well to sum up I am totally for!

Rio ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 15 July 2003

omfg how exciting this is awesome! well done guys, a great idea, botu time! yay! ;)

icedragon ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 16 July 2003

Fabulous! Finally, my writing will find a home :)

Crescent ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 16 July 2003

You asked for it; you got it! We now have a Writers' Free Stuff section. You can host the files off-site and put your links here just like any other freebie. (Standard TOS terms apply for downloadable stories.) You can also post a teaser piece in the gallery with a link in the comments area to where the file is hosted (or just direct them to the Free Stuff area) to drum up more interest. Cheers!

paperstreet ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 17 July 2003

Brilliant - Just finished my final edit of a story and starting on the graphics via poser, photoshop & 3DS... Watch this space

d_authority ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 17 July 2003

thank you so much for expanding our horizons! a perfect way for many such as myself, to further our skills and talents.