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Welcome One, Welcome All! 

You might have noticed the barren state to Dark Sentences (previously filled with dummy text and mumbo jumbo latin, a project with no girth, a page without posts?) Whether you were, or weren’t, that’s all about to change, because the Dark Sentences project is finally ready to begin accepting contributions from you, dear reader. You, who, in any way, are a writing enthusiast, a creative connoisseur, or even just a fiction fanatic, we need you.

No one writes the same, and in this game, there are no rules. Diversity is key here, folks. You don’t write based off a list that someone else gave you, do you? Most likely, you write from within, from the dark, hidden part of yourself that others might not see, or even know of. But we all have kindred spirits, and we all want help finding ourselves, and that is where the contributors come in.

In order for the dream behind Dark Sentences to come to fruition, writers from all over need to come together and create an encyclopedia of wisdom and insights on what makes them tick, so that hopefully burgeoning writers can discover what makes themselves tick, too. There are no right answers or wrong answers, only an evolution of the mind.

Ideal Contributor? 

Anyone passionate about creating, writing, or reading (or all of the above). Anyone who wants to contribute to the dialogue between writers, to enhance the community of possible recluses or even the stereotypical drunk. Anyone who wants to speak to the newest generation of writers, journalists, poets, and playwrights. The enormity of what Dark Sentences can be allows everyone to contribute their own understanding of what makes the writing community tick. There are no deadlines, because there is no pay-check; what drives you should be what you want to say to the world.

That being said, contributors should know their own voice. When you write, you should be confident, be yourself, and be genuine. You don’t have to match your tone of voice to anyone else’s. Dark Sentences is, largely, a creative writing community. If every author wrote alike, literature wouldn’t be considered an art.

Contributor Checklist

Creativity 

Live in your head a bit too much? That’s perfect, because what will draw readers to your articles will be that little creative bone you have. Be innovative, be creative, be genuine.

Dedication  

Dark Sentences can host all the articles you could write, from tutorials, to reviews, to even your personal journey as a writer. You can write as many articles as you’d like, or none, we’d be happy to have you as just a member instead.

Experience

You don’t need a resume to contribute (you don’t even need to apply), but you do need to have a good enough grasp of writing and the english language.

Next Steps

How to Post

Adding a New Post

Once you’re signed in, there will be a + New button on the top left corner. If you hover over it, it will give you the option of adding either a new post, or a new forum, however if you just click the + New, you will be redirected to the Add New Post page.

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Writing, Formatting, and the Toolbar

Once you’re on the Add New Post page, you’ll see the box below. Here you can add the title and write your article (or Copy-Paste it into this box.)

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This is the default post option.

By selecting the Toolbar Toggle button, the rest of the formatting options are made available to you. Here you can include more detailed formatting options such as Underline or Justify, as well as several HTML options such as ‘Insert Button‘, ‘Insert Toggler‘, ‘Insert Dropcap‘ and so on. Please refer to this more detailed post if you wish to know the full capabilities of these options. You are, however, more than welcome to experiment on your own.

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Save, Submit, or Preview

If, at any time, you wish to see what your post will look like published, simply select the ‘Preview‘ button on the right hand side of the post box. It will open a new tab with how your post will look once reviewed an published. Conversely, once you are happy with the content and formatting of your post, select the ‘Submit for Review‘ to place your post in the queue for approval and publication. If you aren’t ready to submit your post for review, simply click ‘Save Draft’ and you can come back to your post any time as long as you are logged in.

 

Optional Decisions

The following boxes that you will see surrounding the post box, such as Format, Categories, Tags, Valenti Background Options, etc, are optional for you to use, however all final decisions relating to these other options are up to the discretion of the Dark Sentences Team. This is so that the formatting of posts can be as uniform as possible and so that we ensure that your post is set to the correct category and that it has relevant tags. Valenti Background Options, for instance, should not be changed from its default settings, and if it is, the Dark Sentences Team will revert it back to default before approving your post. For the time being, we suggest you don’t use the Valenti Review System until we create a post on how to use it. For the most part however, all the extra options are available for you to use. The Dark Sentences Team will keep your preferences in mind. 

Ready?

register

If you haven’t already, register for your account or log in! The email system is, unfortunately, still being fixed however an email will be sent out to you once your account has been approved containing both your username and a default email you should change once you log in for the first time. Once you’re in, you can add information to your profile, and link your accounts elsewhere here.

We’d love to have you in our family, and look forward to getting to know both you and your writing!

  • Dan Abrahams

    Any ideas on acquiring reviews of my ebook?

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