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Lore Whining Days v2 is now live, everyone! If you're new to lore whining, welcome! If you were part of the previous thread, welcome back!

Originally thought up and put together by Quis, lore whining days are pretty much what they sound like. This is a chance for lore writers of all stripes to get together a few days each month to roll out some lore and groan together at how difficult it can be sometimes. Whether you write ten words or a thousand on these days, that's more than you had before - and you should be proud of that progress!

Quis's information from the original thread is in the next post, but the v2 thread also brings some new material to the table. Be sure to check it out!

And last but not least, don't forget:
If the date ends in 4, then it's time to write some lore!
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Intro & Info

What are 'lore whining' days?

All of the stories we need to write to get our dragons' profiles filled in can be overwhelming, and it's so easy to just keep putting it off. So, to bring us together and give us that extra push of motivation that comes with knowing we are not alone, every day with a date ending in 4 (the 4th, 14th, and 24th of every month) is declared a Flight Rising Lore Whining Day!

A day that all of us who have a landslide of writing to do can agree to buckle down and work on our profiles, bios, lore, and any other FR-related writing we have waiting to be hammered out if only we could convince ourselves to sit still and do it - and also so we can complain together about how DANG HARD IT IS.

Think of this as a chance to sit at a desk in a comfy, friendly room full of people who are all working on their own projects. Everyone typing furiously at their keyboards or scribbling in their notebooks, sharing solidarity and company just by being there together for the same goal. Nobody in the room thinks internet dragons are a weird thing to spend your time working on - in fact that's why all of us are here!

(Maybe someone screams and wails and bangs their head on the desk in frustration sometimes, but that's okay. Give them a minute and they'll be typing again.)

Keep in mind that your dragons and your lore are, above all else, for you. This is not a group for sharing your writing, although if someone does want to read your stuff then of course that's a great bonus. But don't let worries about what other people want to read and whether anyone else will like it or not sidetrack you from getting it down no matter what.

Let these days be a time of freedom and creativity for yourself. Write your dragons and your stories into what YOU want them to be, and be proud of yourself for making something you love!

Why bother having special days set aside for FR writing?

Having regularly scheduled, pre-planned days to work on things instead of just saying "I'll get to it sometime" can help us quit procrastinating, and knowing that dozens of other people are doing the same thing at the same time is encouraging and can help keep us from giving up. It's especially helpful for those of us who feel silly for writing about dragon pixels on the internet. Even if it is a weird hobby, at least we're not alone.

Sometimes all you really need to push you to keep going is company on the journey, and you can find that here!

How do I participate in lore whining days?

The only thing you have to do is work on writing for your dragons on any date ending in 4, it's as easy as that!

If you feel social and want to make forum posts or tumblr posts about how you're doing - or to vent about how much you hate everything - then that's great! If you're not in a social mood, you can still bask in knowing you're part of the community just by working extra hard on the same day as everyone else.

Why do the reminder pings go out the night before each lore whining day instead of on each lore whining day?

Quis wrote:
Because if the pings were on every 4th/14th/24th, I would need to make that forum post First Thing Right Away in the morning to keep people from losing precious writing time, and I know I can't commit to that kind of schedule.

Quis' response applies just as well to me - rollover is 2AM in my timezone, and most nights I'm not up that late. Instead, pings should generally be sent out around 22:00 FR server time. Y'all get an extra two hours, so use them well!

If you'd like to be pinged in the reminder post every 3rd/13th/23rd, let me know and I'll add your name to the list!

That's it!

If you have any questions, feel free to ping or PM me, but that about wraps up this post!

If you like this idea and want it to do well, you can drop one of these snazzy buttons in your signature to advertise! Maybe even help spread the word by telling your friends about it and encouraging them to join in? You can also make posts and tag them 'lore whining' on tumblr if you're active over there. The whole 'let's all suffer together' thing only works if people show up! ;D

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If you're having trouble getting the day to be as productive as you'd like, try some of these suggestions! Note that these are 100% optional, please don't feel like You Must Obey Them or anything. If you don't think they'll help (or if they might stress you out), there's no need to do them, but if you think they'll give you a boost, by all means go ahead!

  • Write to make yourself happy. It might sound weird, but try not to care if anyone else will ever read or even look at your bios. Write what you want, to make yourself proud of your collection of dragons. Anything that comes after that is extra frosting on the cake!

  • Don't try to get everything done one day! Instead, try to set a reasonable goal for yourself. Any goal is perfectly good, even if it seems small. All progress is good progress here! If you're just working 'to get a bunch done' it's easy to end up feeling overwhelmed and defeated, because odds are you have way too many dragons to finish in just one day. Pick a challenge of a decent size, something like "today I will write the first drafts for two profiles," or "today I will work for at least 30 minutes without getting distracted."

  • Consider announcing your goal publicly, either in a post here or on tumblr with the tag 'lore whining.' There's a lot of power in knowing what you hope to accomplish instead of just staring up at a massive avalanche of writing that needs to be done, and that power doubles when you put your goal in writing. Holding yourself accountable by just making something to say "I'm going to do some work today!" is helpful for a lot of people, and it lets others know there's one more friendly face in the crowd! Carve out a piece that's the right size for you and consider slapping it into a post for sharing your aim for the day.

  • You might also want to make another check-in post at the end of the day to share how you did for accountability's sake, or to celebrate! Knowing that you're going to sum up your results once the day is over might help motivate you to actually Get The Thing Done instead of shrugging and quitting early.

  • If you want to vent about how hard it is, then go right ahead! These are named lore whining days, not lore pretending-this-is-easy days, for a reason. If venting about how you're banging your head against the desk makes you feel better, go ahead and do it!

  • If you feel social or brave enough, consider helping out any struggling fellow writers you see who might be posting questions or venting about how frustrated they are. A friendly ping with a 'you can do it' sort of push can go a long way!

  • Be proud of yourself for trying even if you fall short of your goal! Writing is hard, okay? Even if you just glared at a notepad file or a piece of paper, at least you tried, and trying eventually leads to doing - if you don't beat yourself up for failure and crush your own spirit. Remember that this is a 100% shame free zone. Beating yourself up is not good for your creativity or your heart, so shake that shame garbage off and just get ready to try again next Whining Day!
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Wrote a bunch and now you're ready to format that bio? Maybe you need some inspiration to even get started? Or maybe you're already done and now looking for options for the next time? Check out some of these resources! There should be a decent spread here to either get those gears turning or help pretty up those layouts. That said, this list is by no means complete! If you know of a resource you think would be helpful, let me know by ping or PM and I can add it to the corresponding section below.

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Here's quick links in case anyone ever needs to go back to a particular lore whining day to find something. Note: June 24 2016 through January 4 2017 are posts from the original thread, archived here for record-keeping purposes. November 14 2016 through December 24 2016 did not have posts for their lore whining days.

2016 2017
Jan. 4 - Jan. 14 (first LWD on v2) - Jan. 24
Feb. 4 - Feb. 14 - Feb. 24
Mar. 4 - Mar. 14 - Mar. 24
Apr. 4 - Apr. 14 - Apr. 24
May 4 - May 14 - May 24
June 4 - June 14 - June 24
July 4 - July 14 - July 24
Aug. 4 - Aug. 14 - Aug. 24
Sept. 4 - Sept. 14 - Sept. 24
Oct. 4 - Oct. 14 - Oct. 24
Nov. 4 - Nov. 14 - Nov. 24
Dec. 4 - Dec. 14 - Dec. 24
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