How To Write A 71E

So You Wanna Play God

Welcome to to the HTWA 71E page 0.1 and you're reading this so you probably want to know formatting and crap like that. This page is just to help, if you want to stem off a little than go ahead. But still tread carefully through this page or you'll get lost. Afterwards, read again because your name is not globnorp and you'll miss stuff.

Things to Consider

In general all 71E docs have something in common.

  • An interesting idea.
  • Reasonable containment.
  • A clear "about" segment.

These are necessary for a good 71E doc. A 71E should draw in a reader not repel them; people like it when you don't bury your doc in exposition, like a grave of it. Try and get a clear idea of what your 71E does and what it is.

Many first 71E docs die brutally for some odd reason. Seriously though, it's because they can't write good.

This is not an excuse for not even trying.
This is not a curse befalling all new members.
This is not just a fact of life or a universal truth.

This is a challenge my man.


Some first 71Es do wonderfully, because their authors either had an instant understanding of what and how to write (which is rare) or because they took their time getting their bearings and learning the laws and lay of the land. To help you avoid that dreaded failed first 71E, always (and I mean alwayyys) ask for feedback on the Drafts & Critiques forum or in our IRC rooms. Take this feedback to heart, even if it's blunt and direct. If you feel someone left insulting feedback, you can always contact a member of staff. If boundaries were crossed, we'll take action.

Low-rated will be deleted under the guidelines of: -15 votes and that it has accumulated this amount votes in 24 hours with a 48 hour grace period for people that might want to rewrite this article. (See the Deletion Guide for a complete rundown.) So don't get mad if your piece was deleted. If the 71E does fail, try to learn from it. If the article can be rewritten, go for it! Ask people what caused it to fail.

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