Server Guide

New to the server? New to Discord? Don’t have a clue what’s going on or need a refresher? Here’s our handy guide to the basic features of our server and how to use them.

Roles and Verified Contributors

You may be wondering who the colourful people are! They are:

  • Admins: These guys run the server and can help you out with any problems.
  • Mods: These guys help the Admins and you’ll see them around. Say hi, and don’t be afraid to to DM (Direct Message) them if you need any help.
  • Professionals: These are folk who either work in the publishing industry, or have published their own book, either traditionally or through self-publishing. They know their stuff and are a valuable resource in the world of book publishing.
  • Reviewers: These kind souls volunteer their spare time to help give critiques and feedback within the #critique channels. Though anyone can leave feedback, the Reviewers opinions are insightful.
  • Contributors: The folks in green have been around the server for a while and have contributed their time and love to the server.

The Channels

Here is a list of all our server #channels:

Rules
If you’re new, take a look at our rules to make sure you don’t miss anything.

News
Where you can find the latest server news, announcements and events.

Spotlight
Twice a month, we run a writer’s spotlight where writers can talk about their work-in-progress and project world building. You’ll be able to ask questions to learn more about your follow writers and their projects. Want to take part? Fill in the form here.

You can join the #Spotlight rank which will ping you whenever a new Spotlight begins.

The Cafe
The Cafe is the off-topic channel where non-writing subjects are allowed. The Cafe is locked off to new users in order to encourage on-topic participation. If you would like access to the Cafe, you must show an interest in writing and DM (Direct Message) a Mod after a 7 day probationary period and you will then be granted the rank of #Writer.

Writing General
Talk all about writing! Share your work-in-progress and take part in the story Question of the Day!

Join the #qotd rank to be notified whenever a new Question of the Day is asked. Often there are many asked throughout the day to suit each time zone!

Fantasy
For fantasy genre discussion, including urban, epic, high and everything in between.

Science Fiction
For sci-fi genre discussion, including hard and soft sci-fi as well as science fantasy.

Contemporary
For all your general literature needs.

Horror
For horror genre discussion, including Lovecraftian, space oddities, supernatural horror, gore, psychological horror and everything in between.

Crime and Thriller
For crime and thriller genre discussion, including murder mysteries, mysteries, true crime and everything in between.

Romance
For romance genre discussion, including RWA romance, love stories and everything in between.

Poetry
Discuss poetry and rhyming help.

Scriptwriting
Discuss scriptwriting and share resources related to scriptwriting.

Publishing
Finished a book and looking for the next step? You can discuss querying and the industry here, from traditional publishing help to self-publishing discussion.

We often share news of Twitter Pitch Events or competitions which would be of interest. Join the #Pubnews rank to share and be notified of publishing news and events.

Storycraft
Use this channel to host in-depth discussions and seek help from your fellow writers on prose, character creation, outlining, grammar and sentence structure and everything in between.

Storycraft is also used to host our new Writer’s Block Chat events. If you wish to take part and be notified, join the #WBChat rank which will ping you when a new one starts.

Critique
Want to share your writing and receive feedback and critique from our server? First off, make sure you follow the rules listed in the o—critique—o channel and follow the formatting in our Submission Template.

You may post your writing to either #critique_1 or #critique_2. If a new post was recently posted in crit_1, then post yours in crit_2, or vice versa.

Make sure your post follows the template. It must be in a Google Doc and under 5000 words. If in doubt, look at how other writers have posted, or ask a Mod for help. Please make sure you proof-read your writing before you post to the critique channels to ensure you receive the feedback you want.

Want to help your fellow writers and post a critique? Great! Anyone can give feedback, not just our Reviewers. We just ask you check our Critique Template first before you post.

Writing Sharing
Want to share your work without receiving feedback? You can post up to 250 words here, or link to a Google Doc.

Want to place your writing in a nice neat text box? You can do so by surrounding your text with three “`” keys like this:

writingshare

Beta Finder
Looking for more in-depth feedback? Find a beta reader! This channel can be used to advertise for a beta reader. Follow the format at the top of the channel before posting. You need to have the #Writer rank in order to access this channel.

Inspiration
Post artistic images, music and video that inspire you and will inspire your fellow writers! This channel is not for discussion, just inspiration only!

Competition
Every week we host our own writing competition based around a prompt and a challenge; what story can you tell in 250-750 words? The new prompt will be posted each Wednesday and lasts until Sunday, when voting begins. The winner’s entry will be posted on this website and they get to choose the next prompt.

You can read the rules of our weekly competition in the channel, or read more here.

The competition is a great way to try our new story ideas whilst learning how to edit your own work and meet a word count limit and deadline.

Resource
Found something useful that your fellow writers may benefit from? Perhaps a guide on how to outline, or an interview from a respected author. Feel free to post it here. We also have a master list of resources you can find on our website here. This channel is not for discussion.

Reading Room
Started a new book? Want to share your favourites? Discuss what you’re reading here, or get reading recommendations from your fellow writers.

Writing Sprint
A server favourite! Take part in writing sprints either alone or with your fellow writers using our own friendly Bot. Type !help (or view the Pinned Messages) to see all of the bot commands.

You can also join the #Sprinters rank to be notified of new writing sprints taking place.

Voice Chat
Using Discord, you can chat with your fellow writers. All you need is a headset/microphone. You must be #Writer rank to access the Voice Chat channels.

Hints and Tips

Here are some extra tips to help you get the most out of the server.

Pinned Messages
News, various information, guides and resources will be pinned to specific channels that could be useful to you. New pins are added all the time, so get into a habit of checking them out!

On Desktop, you can view the Pins by clicking on the little pin icon in the top right window. On mobile, you need to tap the vertical dot icon to access pins. New/unread pins will have a red dot next to the icon like this:

Pins

Ranked Roles
The roles we use on the server can be used to mention/ping other users with that role, or receive notifications (or pings) or any news or events. You can join a role by going into #writing_general and typing “!rank role” like this:

rank

Here are a list of all roles:

  • Pubnews: Notifies you of publishing news and events in #publishing
  • Spotlight: Notifies you of new Spotlight discussions in #spotlight
  • Sprinters: Notifies you of new sprints in #writing_sprint
  • WBChat: Notifies you of Chat events in #storycraft
  • qotd: Notifies you of the Question of the Day in #writing_general
  • Writer: This role CANNOT be joined and is given by an Admin or Mod after a 7 day probationary period. It is used to access #the_cafe (off-topic), #beta_reader and Voice Chat channels.
  • nano: This role grants you access to the NaNoWriMo channels. It is only active during the months of April, July and November.

Blurbs
Want an easy way to refer to your work-in-progress? Write up a short blurb about your book and DM an Admin to create a bot command that can be summoned whenever you wish to speak about your book! For example:

blurb

Word Counts
You may notice some of our users have numbers or percentages in their name like Name [W: 15%] or Name [O: 10/80]

These are our users’ way of tracking word counts and other milestones with their project. You can do so by editing your own nickname every time you reach a new milestone (Right click on your avatar and select Change Nickname).

Here are some examples you can use and an explanation of what they mean:

  • W: Project Word Count
  • O: Outlining Scene/Chapter Count
  • E: Editing Progress
  • RW: Rewriting Progress
  • R: Reading Progress

Accessing Mentions on Mobile
If you’re using Mobile Discord and can’t find out how to access your mentions, here’s how.

First, click on the main menu. At the very bottom on the right side will be an @ symbol. Tap on this to reach your recent mentions! Just here:

mobilementions

Red Sent Text
Is your message in a red font? That means it didn’t send properly, either through an internet error or due to a Discord server outage. You can view the Discord server status here or visit their website for Discord help, such as lost passwords.