Your account info can be accessed by the main menu bar. This will take you to "Member Account". You can access several things from this menu. It is wise to set this up immediately. Going through your Preferences and Bio will help you to set the site how you want it.
Manage Favorites - Here you can manage your favorite authors, series and stories. You can keep track of who and what stories you have on your lists.
To add a story to your favorites list, find the story you want in the listings. At the bottom of the story block you will see "Add Story to Favorites" and click on it. It will take you to a notes page where you can enter any notes you'd like about the story if you'd like. These are not required, just an extra option to help you keep track of the story. Regardless if you enter any notes for the story, once you are done, click "Submit". You will then be able to receive story updates via email and be able to keep track of the story on your "Manage Favorites" page.
To delete a story from your favorites list, go to your "Manage Favorites" page and click on "Favorite Stories". Once there, find the story you want to delete and look at the bottom of the story block. There you will see "Options: Edit/Remove Favorite" Just click on "Remove Favorite", follow the instructions until it says "This action was successful", and you're done.
NOTE: These instructions also work for your favorite authors and series as well. Just choose author or series instead of story on your manage favorites page.
Add New Story - This is where you will add your stories to TwiWrite. Please read the Submission Rules. before uploading a story to our site.
Manage Stories - This is where you will manage your stories that are already uploaded to the site. You can edit, delete, or add a new chapter from this menu, as well as your story statistics.
Add New Series - This is where you can add a new series to your profile.
Manage Series - This is where you can manage your series already added to the site.
Edit Bio - This is where you can edit the information that shows up on your profile. You can also change your email address and password by submitting the changed information int he fields you want to change.
Edit Preferences - This menu is important for how you view the site and how it acts. Depending on your preferences, this page allows you to choose when you might or might not receive an email, display a table of contents for a story, what order stories are shown in your lists, or what skin you want to use for the site.
This page is also where you will enter your age consent. By agreeing to the age consent, it will stop the pop ups from displaying when reading a story that is rated for sensitive content. In other words, if you agree you're of the age to read a story, then those pesky pop ups will go away.
View Your Statistics - This is just a basic way to find your statistics. It allows you to see how many stories, series, or challenges you have on the site, along with how many authors have you as a "favorite author and by whom. You can also keep track of your own favorite authors, stories, and series here. This is a very useful tool.
Tracked Stories - This is where you can view your tracked stories and manage them.
The “Story Tracker” feature is a unique way to keep track of your favorite stories. This is not the same as using the “Favorite Story” feature. By tracking a story, it will allow you to see if it has been updated since the last time you reviewed, and also tell you the date you last read the story you are tracking.
It does not send you email updates. It is just an extra tool on top of adding a story to your favorites list. If you want to receive an email when a particular story updates, then you must add it as a favorite story. You can manage both by going to your “Account Info”. You will see each listed separately under the “Member Account” options.
You also have to make sure your “Preferences” are set correctly. Go to your “Account Info” then to “Edit Preferences” section. You can change what kind of contact you will receive from the site in the form of story updates, to review alerts.
Classifications consist of Categories, Genres, Pairings, Slash Pairings, Warnings and Teams. When you add a story you will notice the classification boxes under the Story Summary and Notes sections. You can choose as many as you'd like for each classification. If you want to add more than one, hold the “CTRL” key on your keyboard and use your mouse to select each one.
You do not have to select a category if it does not pertain to your story. For example, if your story does not have a slash pairing, then you would leave that classification blank. Simple. The selections for each classification are self-explanatory. If you see a particular classification that is not listed, but you would like to see (ex. A new pairing), please let us know. We will try to add it to the site.
- Categories: When your fic takes place. (ex. New Moon or an Alternate Universe)
- Genres: What type of story you are writing. (ex. romance, thriller, western)
- Pairings: Typically the main couple of the story. There can be more than one pairing if your story calls for it.
- Slash Pairings: The main couple of the story, but of the same sex.
- Warnings: This is to help warn your reader of sensitive content. The warnings consist of BDSM, rape, violence, character death, gore, torture)
- Team: Just another way of telling your reader what "Team" you are writing for. (ex. Team Vamp, Team Wolf)
Adding Images to Your Summaries or Stories
To add an image to the site, you need to first have a Photobucket Account with your images uploaded to their site. Once you have that set up, then you are ready to add images to your stories and summaries. (NOTE: You can NOT upload or paste images to the site. They must be linked)
To add images to your summaries:
When posting a new story, you will find the Summary text box. Here is where you will upload your banners for your stories. Once your summary is written, click the “add/edit image” button on the second like of the tinyMCE editor. (It has a picture of a tree on it)
A pop up box will appear in your browsing window. You will them take the “Direct Link” code found associated with your picture on Photobucket, and paste it in the box labeled “Image URL”. You can choose whether or not to add an image description. A “Preview” of your photo will appear in the “Preview” Box. You can also use the “Appearance” tab to change the image size if you wish. (We ask that you keep your image sizes no larger than 500x500 pixels in size. I will change them if I see them larger than this, so be aware of that.)
Once you are done, click “Insert”, and your image will appear in your summary text box. When you finish adding the info for your story and submit it to the site, your banner will now appear in the search section with your story info. You can edit this at anytime by going to “Account Info” and then “Manage story”. Click on “Edit Story” and follow the steps above once again.
NOTE: I have found that photobucket is the most reliable place to link your banners from on the site. Other sites such as flickr or Image Shack, do not like this site and tend to go all wonky when linked. Usually this results in the image not showing properly. If you do not have a photobucket account, it's free to sing up. Just go to www.photobucket.com and register. It's a pretty cool place to try if you haven't.
To Add Images to your stories:
To add an image inside of your story, you simply repeat the steps for adding them to your summary, but instead of doing it inside of the summary box, you'll add them into the story text. Just makes sure you add the image in the right area by making sure your curser is positioned correctly ahead of time.
How to search the site:
There are several ways to search the site. The most common way is by the browse menu. Under the browse menu you will find the following links:
Most of these are pretty self-explanatory. For instance, if you want to search for an author, you would click the “Author” link in the browse section, and it gives you the option of searching by letter, penname, site admins, or even beta readers by the drop down menu. Again, simple.
Searching classifications such as pairings, is a little different. If you want to search for a specific Pairing, Slash Pairing, Character or even Team, you will be given a different set of options.
Using the "Browse" menu and selecting a Classification will lead you to an individual list of characters or pairings, depending on your search choice. Just click on which character, pairing or team you want to search for, and the site will automatically bring up the list of stories that are labeled with that classification.
The site has a nifty little feature built in for contests or challenges. It's very easy to set up a contest or a challenge for the site. Just click the "contests" link in the browse block. Then hit the "Issue Challenge" link and enter your information for your challenge on the next page. This will include:
Once a Contest or Challenge has been issued, all the participate has to do is upload their story/os to their TwiWrite account. Go to Contests, search for the appropriate Challenge and then "Respond to Challenge". A list of your stories will appear on the next screen. Just select the story/stories you want to enter and hit submit. You're done.
You can then easily read all the entries for the contest/challenge by going to contests and selecting the one you want to view. A list of all entries will appear automatically.
TwiWrite.net does not offer anon challenges at this time. Maybe in the future we will be able to add that feature to the contest/challenges block, but for now, any entry will show the authors name on the entry.
An alternative to this, is to make a contest profile (yes they are allowed) and have authors email their entries to you. You can then add the entires under the contest profile instead. It is not much different from the way a lot of anon contests are done on FF.net. The only difference is that you would be creating a contest page to hold them all instead of just the profile.
If you have any questions in regards to how the site works that is not found here, please Contact Us. We are always willing to help you with anything we can to make your use of this site easier.