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  2. Use the following words in a story - a tombstone, a computer screen, an apple, a warm blanket, and a man's ring.
  3. For years the world dealt with a pandemic that was slowly killing everyone. It took five years before a cure was found and a vaccine was created. A side affect of the vaccine was found in the first generation born to parents who had been vaccinated. Their children developed a super power at thirteen. Anyone who was LGBTIQ+ seemed to develop more than one gift and they were stronger. Tomorrow is your birthday and what gift did you get?
  4. It appears to be a mixture of choice and asking permission. You can choose to unpublish and hide the original. You can choose to re-write, re-title, and publish a new version. You only need ask permission to delete the old story, but I think I would leave it as you have done with your revised stories. My conclusion you leave the old story, republish the new version. Those revised stories appear with new likes and comments, the old version is still available.
  5. From a GA standpoint: We have had authors completely revise works they've already published. If there is a significant plot change and added content, yes, we have allowed authors to repost the second story. Often the original version is deleted. Once content is deleted, not unpublished (that just means hidden), the author does lose any likes, comments, and reviews on the content. From an author standpoint: I've revised many works from GA for eBook publication. Most of those I've moved to Premium. Some of them I've changed significantly, others were as posted here and just edited for proo
  6. Hey @Talo Segura if what you are talking about is "Draft Edition" versus Final Edition for the writing process, it's an interesting concept. I remember reading that a lot of 19th and early 20th century authors went through several draft editions among a small circle of friends, who provide commentary and gave reasonable editorial suggestions. In the film world, most notably, George Lucas gave a test screening to his friend Steven Spielberg of what would become "Star Wars" and the famous film producer/director hated it and gave Lucas pointers on what he thought he needed to do in fina
  7. I don't mean to preclude the notion that many people might prefer the revision over the original. It's just a quirk of mine to prefer the first version I encounter. I've been known to hate perfectly good movies because they weren't the book, and to dislike great books because I saw the movie first, lol!
  8. In these points of view, I would recommend a new story, but as BigBen suggests: create a new story and label it as a rewrite either in the title, or the story notes. Once BigBen detailed the concept of loving the original but hating the new version, I completely agreed with him. How about an 'editions' system? (a completely hypothetical thought process, as this would be a massive update for the stories system in GA) All new stories would be created as 'First Edition' stories, and if the author so chooses to do a significant rewrite, it would be designated as a 'Second Edition.' The read
  9. Why not? You wrote, let's say a first attempt at a story, you got lots of good feedback, you want to go away and re-write it. It's a great story, but you wrote it badly. Now when you have finished all the hard work of writing it again, you don't want all those old comments, it's a new version. When I have seen people do this they have, at least in one case, given the new version a new title and republished and in the author notes linked back to the original. So I guess that's the way to do it. Again, I ask why not? You might not want to spend your time on it, but if it's a good story,
  10. Each site seems to do things differently. On GA, I've seen chapters revised without destroying the comments, but also cases where a chapter was posted out of sequence and when it was withdrawn (I believe the term here is "unpublished"?), the comments were all lost. One other big site (can't remember which at the moment; don't get old!) has a notice in its publishing procedures that they will be very unhappy with you if you decide to withdraw a story once they post it. It appears that there is a lot of work involved in deleting something once published. But I know other sites that list
  11. For an example of substantial revising while keeping the old comments and everything else associated with the original story, have a look at @WolfM or @Carlos Hazday (who helped with the revisions) might be able to talk you through what they did.
  12. I've never changed the status of a story, so I wouldn't know. That might be an admin thing. I know I've made minor revisions to a story marked as complete, and I wouldn't be willing to lose comments/reviews.
  13. I posted my first written work on here, and while I am quite proud of it, I would love to work with it some more. The sequel from the first has an editor, and I've learned a lot from him. I don't believe re-writing and republishing it would be the solution. I'd rather go back in each chapter, fix my novice mistakes (I started a shameful amount of sentences with the word 'and' which must be corrected at some point) with my editor and slap his name on it to give him credit. I've seen a couple of stories on GA do this and I believe that if the story's plot is good enough, it is worth a second rea
  14. I'm not sure I understand what you are asking here. If a story was a learning experience, then I wouldn't revise and republish. I would take feedback from comments, etc, and apply them to something new. Once the story is published, it is already told. If there is a grievous error that embarrasses me to no end, then I would edit it for my peace of mind, but I'm not expecting anyone to re-read the entire thing after I hit the publish button for the first time.
  15. I find no clear approach to learning how to write through publishing online so as to receive feedback and comments. Some writing is published as learning, then later may be either abandoned or revised. Sometimes you may want to delete or hide a story. You might revise and want to re-publish. How do you do this? Take a story revision, you don't want to edit the existing story, this is a re-write, you don't want the old comments, they have served their purpose. You want new comments on a new revised second edition. You also want readers to see it is being republished. How do you do this?
  16. The door creaked open revealing the blood spattered on the floor like carelessly thrown rubies in the first rays of the sun.
  17. Use the following in a story - a broken mask, a flat tire, an old street sign, a blanket, and a credit card.
  18. I think writing in the 40k verse would be interesting. It's so expansive and flexible that you can basically do what you want with it so long as you don't go near the central canon of it. I've had a story bouncing around in my head about a newbie commissar and an initiate Space Marine from a chapter that got destroyed before he could complete the conversion process.
  19. I agree completely, both with your statements on rape in fiction, and on suicide. As I said originally, it is possible for a writer to implement it really well into a story, and authors, especially those writing from experience, have every right to use it in their work. My objection is to people writing about the topic in a manner that misinforms or panders; one example being the "rape and switch" trope, which is basically conceptualized as rape making people gay. I have met people who honestly believed that was how it worked, and I dislike tropes that perpetuate it. Much as you say with
  20. While I do agree that sometimes rape gets overused in fiction, there's a reason I believe why authors, in particular gay males, use it in our work. It's not coincidence that many of the authors who write rape in our stories were in fact victims of molestation and rape. To me, it's cathartic personal experience that blends into a story and makes it richer. The difference between badly written rape and well thought out rape issues with characters to me, it should be based on who the characters are in relation to the story and the other characters. Also, you can apply the same logic to those
  21. I also enjoy being needed, but there is a risk in taking that dynamic too far. I have found from experience that it is better to encourage my loved ones to be more independent and more themselves. My most disastrous situations arose from my desire to be the one who made everything all right. I agree with you about "friends to lovers." That is the best path, both in fiction and in real life. Although I have to admit that adding sex to a couple of my friendships didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. On the other hand, my ex was my friend, as well as my lover, and that was part of why t
  22. Personally, I find the majority of "rape as backstory/rape as drama" trope usage disgusting. It's not an inherently bad concept, and it is possible to do it really well, but there is a tendency among authors to use it really, really badly, either as a cheap way of adding drama, or, even worse, as a way of justifying why a given character has serious character flaws. I feel like using it in this manner, if the writer isn't really careful, gives the implication that being raped or abused somehow makes you worse as a human being, which I find kinda disgusting. So yeah, not a fan.
  23. I was thinking of more Mass Effect sequels/spinoffs. This list was a delight and a great read before bedtime!
  24. Loved number four: Chekhov’s Egg is like Chekhov’s Gun but directed by Ridley Scott. If you introduce an alien egg to the story it must hatch and eat someone by the third act.
  25. As someone who wrote nearly this exact same thing, I must concur.

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