The opinions expressed in this blogpost are just that, opinions. Never take what you read online as gospel.

I see a lot of stories get posted that really shouldn't because they're a long way from ready. This isn't to say that they can never become ready. I truly believe any story can become post-worthy with the right amount of work and care. The problem seems to be that so many folks think it's a race to publish button and they're not taking the time to really craft and perfect their work. This only leads to disappointment and heartache for them when they story ultimately gets deleted (not to mention a lot of extra work for the folks who are tasked with reviewing and deleting their work). I'm hoping this guide will fall into the right hands and save a lot of people a lot of trouble.

Here are some signs that you definitely shouldn't post your story (yet).

You Haven't Read the Site Rules

Just because this is a creepypasta wiki doesn't mean it's a free-for-all. There are rules about what makes an acceptable submission and what doesn't. Without reading the rules, you won't know which subjects are allowed and which have been blacklisted. You won't know what condition you can leave your page in for an extended period of time. This knowledge is necessary if you want to participate here. If you post a story without reading the rules, you are taking a huge gamble that may result in your story getting deleted.

And no, reading other stories is not a substitution for reading the rules themselves. It's true, this will give you an idea of what's accepted on the site, but you can only infer so much from the stories. The rules are there to guide and help you. Let them.

You've Only Written One Draft of Your Story

Congratulations! You've written a draft! While you're off to a good start, you need to understand that your story is not publishable yet. No first draft should be considered publishable. So what should you do? Put it away. Don't look at it for at least 24 hours. Try to forget about it as much as possible. When you come back, read it as if you're a complete stranger who's never seen it before. And don't just read it silently. Either read it out loud to yourself, or run it through a text-to-speech program like I do. I find that "hearing" my story makes it easier to find mistakes and awkward patches.

As you're reading/listening, be objective. What's missing? Where does it sound awkward? Is it actually scary? Where have you made typos or grammatical errors? Do your sentences flow nicely? Take this opportunity to fix what's wrong. And guess what. Now you have a second draft.

So put it away again. Yes, really. Let another 24 hours go by. Repeat your reading/listening process. You can repeat this process as many times as you need to. Remember, it is not a race to publish your work. The wiki will be here when you're ready.

You're Afraid of What People Will Say About Your Work

You want people to like your stuff. I get it. But here's the truth: not everyone's going to. Some people will eat it up and be all over it. Others will have nothing but bad stuff to say about it. You can't afford to be worried about getting your feelings hurt. Bad reviews are part of the game, and honestly, they're the best thing that could ever happen to you. Not only do they keep a writer grounded, they can also be really educational. Having someone point out what you did poorly can be such a gift, especially if you can't yet see it for yourself. Let all of your reviews---good and bad---serve you in whatever way they can. Take them all to heart and let them help you grow and improve. If you're not willing to do this, then posting your work online probably isn't for you.

I hope at least someone finds this helpful. My overall point is that writing a strong story takes a lot: a lot of work, a lot of time, and a lot of courage. You have to be willing to invest these things. If you are, that's awesome. Post that story and let's see what you've got! But if not, well, there will always be plenty to read here on the wiki.

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