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Paul Westley

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Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 9:41 AM
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As much as most of us didn't want to leave WriteOn, it's quickly becoming a reality. Several people have been working hard trying to set up our own WriteOn community within the Wattpad community, and so this week we would like to encourage everyone to give it a go.

Several threads have been set up for us there, including this one to get you started:

https://www.wattpad.com/forums/discussion/1160733/welcome-all-writeon-ers/#Item_11

We also have our own weekend write in thread:

https://www.wattpad.com/forums/vanilla/discussion/1160722/writeon-writing-prompts

and I have just posted this week's prompt within that thread.

Of course, if you don't want to make the move, you are welcome to set up your own weekend write in here, and I will be happy to give you whatever help you need in setting that up.

Hope to see you all on the other side.
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 12:14 PM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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Thank you, Paul, that looks like a great idea. I'll have to get familiar with the mechanics, but one question up-front: will the new site be password protected? this sometimes affects future publication rights transactions.
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 1:07 PM   in response to: Khoti Sarque in response to: Khoti Sarque
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Sorry, no idea. the one to ask is Michael or R.C. They are the ones setting everything up over there, and I know Michael did a lot of research first. A lot of our group have gravitated over to there, and Wattpad is trying to make our transition as painless as it can. I think they have thousands of members so I'm sure publication rights have been discussed. I don't know of any other sites WO people have moved to en masse, so I am assuming that Wattpad is our new home.
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 3:29 PM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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I went over there, searched for moving day and found the first story posted. I could read it, apparently complete. There were sign-up and log-in buttons, but I didn't need either. This could be a problem, since open publishing on a widely-read site does count as previously-published and matters to some agents and publishers. For a hobbyist this does not matter, for an aspiring 'commercial' author it does.

Is there some way on wattpad to hide work behind a password and keep it 'private within a club' rather than 'published to the world'?
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:23 PM   in response to: Khoti Sarque in response to: Khoti Sarque
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Yes, but it's limited. I just checked. I can make my story 'public' (the default), or 'private' which means only my followers can read it.
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:42 PM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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In that case, I'm not going to post novel excerpts on Wattpad, only the short stories that aren't valuable property. Thanks for pointing out and clarifying this matter!
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 12:35 PM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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I'm waiting to see if Wattpad is going to be the place to jump to. If it is, I'll move over there. I'm reluctant to open accounts all over the place on the off-chance.

In the meantime, for those still here, the prompt is "Moving Day": In 500 words, write a story where somebody moves away
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:45 PM   in response to: John Nedwill in response to: John Nedwill
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Today I posted two short stories with their separate covers, and Wattpad insisted both must share the cover of the last one uploaded. I think it's fixed now, but I don't know what I did.

You'd think that having been around as long as it has, Wattpad would have cleaned up messy programming like that!

But it looks like the lesser of all evils in our flight from our decimated homeland.
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 9:33 PM   in response to: Joyce Holt in response to: Joyce Holt
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Well, I had a look at the interface and it does not look intuitive to me. But if we are going there, then I will go. And I'm happy to be proven wrong. However, my professional training instilled a certain caution in me. Absolutely essential in my field.

As it is, I don't use password managers; rather the old Mk1 brain is entrusted to remember passwords. So, I like to keep the number I have to remember to a minimum.

That, and I have SA Wilson's files to download. She used a password manager, and I've had to crack the keychain to access her stuff. It helps that I set up the admin account on the family Mac.
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 9:46 PM   in response to: John Nedwill in response to: John Nedwill
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Not intuitive at all! You're right.
My "password manager" is a little black book, updated by pen. I've had too many crashes happen in my life to trust these high-faluting machines. I don't rely on the cloud for storage, and don't understand why anyone would. Used to be a computer programmer, and know how fallible the whole system is.
I'm amazed at your code-cracking feat. Way to go!
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 19, 2017 5:43 AM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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FYI, my story is now up on Wattpad. The cover designer there is awful, but other than that, not too painful.

https://www.wattpad.com/story/100118861-love-conquers-all
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 19, 2017 7:48 PM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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I've posted this weekend's story up on Wattpad, too.
https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/99943561-hollow
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Re: Not the weekend write in February 17th 2017
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 4:21 AM   in response to: Paul Westley in response to: Paul Westley
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Mine is also on Wattpad: Moving Aboard