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Adding a New Story to Your Storybook


FIRST OF ALL: Make sure that you have completed all the revisions to your existing Storybook pages (coverpage, Introduction, any story pages you have published so far). If you have any revisions pending from last week's assignment, you must take care of those pending revisions first. So, if you have not done so already, now is the time to check the Storybook email you received from me last time and take care of any items noted there. If you need me to send you that email again, just let me know!


When you are ready to add the new story to your Storybook, here are the guidelines to follow:


Writing Your Story. As you write your story, it is important to do that 100% in your own words. That means not copying your source word for word, and it also means not following your source sentence by sentence or even paragraph by paragraph. If you need to take notes from your source, take notes. Then, set aside your source and write your story, looking ONLY at a blank screen (with your notes if needed). Close your eyes and try to "see" the story as you tell it, try to hear the characters speaking. The more you can use vivid detail and dialogue to bring the story to life, the better!


Use a Word Processor. Don't try to compose the story in Google Sites; typing anything of any length into a form online is fraught with peril. You can lose your work very easily... and that is a really terrible experience. So, use Google Docs or some other word processor so that you don't run the risk of losing your work by accident, and make sure autosave is turned on. Also, if you do run into problems with Google Sites later, you will have a backup of the story safely saved. Just be careful when you paste into the Google Site page; make sure you copy only plain text, no formatting (use the "paste as plain text" or equivalent paste option in your browser). Don't use the word processor to do bold, italics, etc. — you need to do all the formatting, links, etc. in Google Sites. 


Word Count. It is really important to keep an eye on the word count, especially if you know you are inclined to write stories that are on the long side. If you are starting with a very long story as your source, make sure you have a plan for focusing on the two or three key characters and the two or three key episodes; if you don't plan that out in advance, you will end up having to rush through the conclusion, which makes for a not very satisfying story. When you are done, your story should be between 500 words (minimum) and 1000 words (maximum) in length. While there are many good tricks for editing a story down after you write it, you should also keep an eye on the length as you write. Google Docs has a good word count tool built in, as do most other word processors, and there is a word count tool here at this site as well.


Author's Note. The author's note is a very important part of the story, especially if you are making big changes to your source story. The author's note should be between 200 and 300 words long. You can decide if the author's note will work best coming after the story; sometimes it actually works best to have the author's note first. If you are not sure what to include in the author's note, here are some tips: Writing Your Author's Note.


Proofread for Flow. After you have finished writing, you need to read the story and author's note out loud, slowly and carefully, from start to finish, making sure everything flows, with good transitions from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph that lead the reader along. Reading out loud is also a great way to check for typographical errors like missing words, duplicated words, etc.


Proofread for Punctuation. When you are happy with how the story flows, you need to proofread again, this time for punctuation. You will know from earlier comments what punctuation areas you should watch out for. The biggest problems most people face are quoted speech in dialogue and the evil comma splice. Commas for interjections and vocatives are also a very common problem. 


Spellcheck. I am glad to help people with the spelling of homonyms and other tricky word pairs in English, but it is your responsibility to do the basic check that a spellchecker provides. Make sure you either spellcheck as you compose, or else do a spellcheck at the very end before you publish your story.


Now that the story and author's note are ready to go, you can add a new page to your site, and then add the image you want to use, along with the image information and bibliography for your story source(s).


Pages and Images. You can find notes here for Adding Pages (including information about the banner image, titles, etc.) and also for Adding imagesMake sure that your Image Information includes a caption for the image (with the name of the artist if available), along with a link to the webpage where you found the image online. 


Bibliography. You need to include Bibliography acknowledging the online source(s) you used for your story. 


When you are done, send me an email. In the email, you must copy-and-paste the questions from the Declaration below and confirm that the answer to all the questions is "yes" before you turn in the assignment. You do not have to put a "yes" next to each one; it's fine if you say "answer to all is yes," or something like that. Do not send me the story in the email; I will find the story using the link at your website. Please give the email a subject line based on the class you are enrolled in: MythFolklore Project Story OR Indian Epics Project Story.


Please READ each question carefully before answering:


1. Have you completed any pending revisions from last time?

2. Is the link to your coverpage at the course list working?
(course lists: Myth-Folklore or Indian Epics)

3. Does the coverpage link to the new story?

4. Is this story written in your own words?

5. Did you spellcheck your story before publishing it?

6. Did you proofread your story by reading it out loud?

7. Is your story 500-1000 words long?

8. Is your Author's Note 200-300 words long?

9. Does your new story include complete Bibliography for your source(s)?

10. Does your new story include at least one image with Image Information?


As soon as you send me the email, you can do the Declaration for your work. Each week the actual project assignment will change, but the Declaration is very generic, and it is the same each time:



I have followed the instructions for this week's Project assignment.

EMAIL. I have sent in the email per the assignment instructions.

SUBJECT LINE. I included the word "Project" in the email subject line.




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