Welcome to Queer NaNo! This community is dedicated to those writing (or just gleefully reading!) queer-themed novels for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Come join the madness!
The Mission Statement:
The main purpose of this community is to have a place for those of us writing queer-themed novels to find both encouragement and feedback as we go through what is guaranteed to be a difficult and rewarding month for everyone. This is a place to vent, to rejoice, to agonize, to bond. Come here with your ups and downs, and you'll be able to share them with others going through the same thing without needing to feel shy about your subject matter.
If you're writing it, we want to read it! Post outlines, snippets or your entire novel in progress; anything is welcome, as long as you feel comfortable with it.
In keeping with the theme of the community, membership and participation are very open. All genres of writing (fantasy, romance, literature, etc.) are allowed, whether it be original fiction or slash (same-sex fan fiction), as well as all "levels" of queerness; whether a homosexual relationship is your main focus, a subplot, or you simply feature gay characters, your novel has a place here. Also, the focus here is, obviously, on queer-themed novels, but you do not have to be writing one yourself to be a member and participate in discussions. Kindred souls are just as welcome for their encouragement and opinions.
While this community was created with the month of November specifically in mind, if all goes well it could easily stay active through the editing months as well. Like I said, feedback will be an important component of the group, and there's no time this will be more useful than during the editing process.
The Rules of Discussion:
Personal outbursts, intellectual debates, and everything in between are all allowed here. But please do try to keep posts on-topic. This shouldn't be too difficult, as I've left the community open to a wide range of what constitutes "on-topic." As far as commenting, however, if discussion goes off-topic I see no reason to stop it. After all, this is intended to be a home for all of us, where we can form friendships that will guide us through the process and hopefully beyond it. I wouldn't want to keep that from happening within the community and forcing it elsewhere.
It shouldn't be too hard to figure out that flames will not be tolerated. Constructive criticism will always be welcome to those who ask for it, but bashing and personal attacks are not. If you cross this line, you will be banned from the community. Period.
The Rules of Posting Fiction:
Like I said, you may post anything from snippets to your entire novel here. However, no matter what length, you are required to use the LJ cut-tag. If you do not know what it is or how to use it, read about it in the LiveJournal FAQ here.
If you are planning to post your novel here, please feel free to contact me, and I will set up a page for you in the community's Memories for easy access and linkage as you go. I strongly encourage this, actually.
I also encourage those posting a complete, original novel to friends-lock those entries. I hate to cut anyone off from the community, but the fact is it that it would make it far too easy to steal ideas. This is especially advisable if you plan on seeking to get your novel published. Again, if you don't know how to do this, you can consult the FAQ here. This applies to communities in the same way; when a post is Friends-Only, only the members of the community can read the entry.
If you have any further questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.