As some writers want to know how their storys look like or if they should change something. So I am writing guide from my perspective. I write my storys on a computer but read most of them from my smartphone. So to make them more readable you can follow this guide.
This is what I think and many other readers may think different.
What should my story be about?
I have wrote a separate guide for this. Stories / Challange Guide
But on the whole a unique story (As Ana said) will probably get more comments and viewers than a team/challange many done before.
Build-up and Content
This is something you need to decide for yourself. If you build it like a fanzine/magazine. Or straight up update. Or as a persona where you write as a diary. It's up to you. As for content I would list these as good pointers.
- Results (both league and cups)
- End season table
- Special Goals - How it's going with your if you have any.
- Conclusion - Thoughts on how you are going to continue.
For the most part you can format however you want. Bold text, italic text, underlined, strikethrough. Text formating is what (aside from story buildup and content) makes your story what unique. But for smartphones I would avoid changing the size of the text too much. Above 14 is not recommended.
A tip from Ana wich I agree to 100% (english not being my native language)
"Keep paragraphs to a few sentences! For us foreign people big long paragraphs in English can sometimes be a little daunting to try and read so break up your stories with images or us break lines sometimes I use the dash like"
If you change your title when you update with new material you make everyone avare that new stuff is available. Aside from new comments.
You do that by editing you first post in the thread and then click use full editor. In the new window you can change title.
Edit First Post -> Use Full Editor -> Changed Title -> Save Modified Post.
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Use a title prefix but change the last part. As an example:
World Travaler - New Zealand - Waitakere United
World Traveler - Malaysia - Kelantan
When I changed team. People know it's my World Travaler Save but that something knew has happened.
Updates - When, Where and How Frequent
This is up to you. The challange often have it's natural breaks. It depends how many games you play. How often you play. General rule of thumb for me is not more often than 3-4 days and not longer than 2 weeks between updates. Most updates are during the weekend with 7 day intervall. This helps with getting more comments as people have time to read your update. Many updates too soon often give me the feeling of getting left behind and then I often make no comment at all.
When and Where
If you league plays all cups during the league (Like England, Spain and Italy). I recommend half-season/full-season updates. In Brazil you have the State Championships (first half) before the league starts (second half) creating natural breaks for updates. As Brazil have so many games to play each season. I can brake this even further with a Copa Libertadores update.
The first to think about is that most viewers do not comment at all. They just read the stories. You can ask for comments like Ben does in his Mentalist/Sweden (at time of writing) save. As long as you ask nicely.
And most comments come after 2-5 days because not everyone read stories every day but when they have time.
Cutting down your images is key to make them easier to look at. A while back I made a guide for the free software GIMP. Print Screen and copy/paste is all you do. Nothing fancy. But here I will mention why you should cut out the relevent part you want to show. The League Table for instance.
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Not so easy to read.
With fixtures for example you can drag the columns together to be able to cut a small piece out. The table are different. I make the window smaller. Like so.
The cut out the middle part. Much easier to see.
Much easier to read.
For me the most important thing is watch out for images and text size. It's not easy to comment when your images is huge. They look even worse than the first image. Text size is easier to read if they are normal size. Text 18 points and higher are pushing it a little.
Credit: Darren Smith
"Another good tip is to create a very nice signature, like mine, Accs or many others, something with an image relevant to your story that draws the readers attention when you are just commenting on other stories. But again, you'll only do this if you're paying close attention to your presentation in general, but it will draw in many more views."
FMS Story Awards
Tips from: Darren Smith
This site will publish a story on the main site and that can give you a chance to get many more viewers. Write a good story and this sites readers will vote on your story.
If you put a little work behind your posts they will be a joy to read. And as Darren told me once in one of my stories. "If you enjoy your saves so will your readers" (slightly modified)
General tips from comments
Try to work on your layout as a sloppy story will just get people to stop reading before they are done. Another quote from Darren: "If the writer hasn't taken much time over their presentation then I won't take the time to read". That is what most probably think. So work
As this is told from my point of view I would love for some comments. I will add to above if you find more useful tips and pointers.
Updated 2013-04-07 with good tips from comments.