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    • What can I post as a story?

      Anything that might be loosely considered "creative writing". Stories, poetry, scripts, and so forth.

      Discussion, shout-outs, notices to your readers, and so forth should either go on the forums or take up one chapter of a multi-part story. (We think of this sort of content as "noise" -- it's probably of interest to people who are already fans of your work, but just gets in the way of new readers.)
    • How can I create a new category or character for my story?

      If the category or character you need doesn't exist, please use our Suggest a Category form. The admins should review your suggestion and add it to the site within 24 hours.
    • What do all these warnings mean?

      Warnings are an easy way to let your reader know there might be something in your story they don't want to see. Please be courteous and use them when appropriate!

      Letter Warning Description
      ! Mild Spoilers This story reveals something you might not have known about the plot or characters of the original source. Nothing of earth-shattering importance, but it could spoil a surprise for someone who hasn't finished the plot of the source.
      !! Medium Spoilers Something is revealed about the original source that significantly affects the plot or perception of the characters.
      !!! Severe (or Extra-Spicy) Spoilers Something monumentally huge is revealed about the source. If you've revealed that any main characters have died, or that the hero's best friend actually turned out to be the villian, or the answer to that 27-episode-long murder mystery...this would be the warning for your story.
      ? Alternate Universe What if all the characters were ordinary high school students? What if X actually hooked up with Y instead of Z? This story does not adhere to canon--but that's okay, we love it anyway.
      X Sex The story contains graphic sexual content.
      V Violence This covers excessive violence and gore--anything involving blood, guts, and bones breaking should probably have this warning.
      R Rape/Sexual Violence Not just a mix of "X" and "V", this warning covers non-consensual sex, extreme bondage or powerplays, and any other sexual abuse or violence.
      Y Child/Underage Sex This warning means that the story contains sexual acts in which at least one character is not of legal/consenting age in their particular universe.
    • Invalid upload? WTF?

      An 'invalid upload' error typically means that whatever was uploaded wasn't HTML or plain text. The most common situation where people see this error is when they accidentally try to upload a .doc version of their story.

      If you've written your story in Microsoft Word, and want to transport it into FicWad while preserving your formatting, simply use Word's "Save as Web Page" option. This will produce an absolutely awful HTML file which FicWad will be happy to rip to pieces to extract your story with its formatting intact.

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