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This group will never die, not so long as there is one fool left to teach new writers!

Welcome to the School for New Writers!

A community of over 3k members, and the largest author help group on Fimfiction.

Are you tired of getting your hard work trampled with dislikes? Are you a noob who is seriously considering writing a fanfic? Or are you an established author and simply looking for ways to improve your writing? Well, fret no more! If you are a writer in search of guidance and direction, then this is the group for you.

Writers of all skill levels are welcome. You'll find that our lectures are simple and easy to understand for those just starting out. Of course, authors with slightly more experience will also likely find ways to improve upon their own technique, along with resources and services such as story grading and reviews. Our work is entirely for your benefit.

Important Threads

Rules and Guidelines ~ Go here for a more in depth look at the inner workings of SFNW, because it makes our job easier if you know the rules. Repeated offenses will result in mild punishment and eventually banning.

School Directory ~ Our forum contains over 120 different threads. That makes this thread incredibly useful. It will usually get updated within the day.

A Few General Rules for the SFNW

All rules not stated here can be found in the Rules and Guidelines thread. Read them carefully, since they cover everything from thread posting and student behavior to contest rules.

1. This is a fairly relaxed group. However, this does not mean it is uncivilized. Please keep fighting to a minimum and at least attempt to follow our rules or you'll be banned and have your comments deleted by an Admin.

2. If you have a question, do not be afraid to ask a Professor/Contributor or a Professor/Admin in a PM or at our Study Hall.

3. Comments are to be used for commenting on the group's lectures or reasons stated in Rule 2. Comments such as "check out my story" will be deleted.

4. It's really unlikely you'll ever be banned from this group. You'd have to be trying to get banned. Still, comments can be deleted and/or a group administrator may say no to you. Bans are given for spamming, harassment (rule 1), and repeated rules violations.

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The Proofreader Group
If you are in need of an editor/proofreader or two, this group is the place to go. They have an extensive list of proofreaders willing to help with your story, and you get to pick and choose editors to PM based on a whole bunch of relevant information. Make sure to read their policies though. They are currently looking for fresh proofreaders who would be willing to join.
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Art for Fanfiction
This group is the principle group to go to when a writer needs an artist, or when an artist needs an outlet. If you'd like your story to have some cover art, you might have some luck asking one of the available artists here if you aren't artistic yourself.
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Authors Helping Authors
The giving and receiving of story reviews, by authors and for authors, is the primary purpose of this group. A great way to get more favs/likes, go here if you want to promote your story and receive feedback. Be prepared to give a few reviews yourself though.
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The Writer's Group
Would you like your story to have a second chance at the lime light? In this group they ASK you to shamelessly promote your story, by adding it to one of their many folders. They have an extensive forum for you to use as a bouncing board of ideas and/or cries for help.
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World-Building Alliance
This group is focused on... you guessed it. World Building. Its forum is filled with interesting and inspirational material. Go here if you want ideas about the world outside the nation of Equestria, or niggling details like "magic" or "politics". They have monthly group contests.
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At the "Writers and Reviewers Institute for Technical Excellence" Their stated goal is to get together the best of the best—an elite reviewing group who can take on any level of fic from first-timers to EqD-accepted authors. They are taking this claim quite seriously. Go here if you want a story reviewed.
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"We get to play God with our stories... And therein resides the hard work
of storytelling. Because, if you're playing God, you need to do it right."
- Larry Brooks

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Unfortunately i dont trutly have this much time to write to much of an fanfic,and im not sure if i would be good enough,because i would always come up with new ideas.

So far I only had one dislike for my story and three likes but I am a perfectionist. It is the reason why I can’t finish anything.

Can someone help me with my story Eg and the hero hunter because the dislikes are driving me like a lunatic and I don’t know what am I doing wrong I know is my first story but I only get dislikes and I am using the same story and the hero hunter’s personality and people seem not to like it please someone help me with this trouble.

When it comes to writing Pony Names when the name is two words what do you do
space them out keep them together?
Like this for example Apple Jack or AppleJack or Flutter Shy or FlutterShy
just wanting to know which one is correct to use when I write the names

Hi everyone. I would like to write a story about Princess Luna, only I have no ideas. Could you give me some ideas? Thank you 🤗❤

Hi! I'm a newbie to the site, and I'm hoping to write a Fallout: Equestria fanfic that crosses over with a game series I like. I have some notes, but the fic is still very much in the planning stages. Is anyone interested? Please let me know!

hey, i'm new, I'm looking for help on writing, grammar, and other stuff, i need help cause I'm crap at writing, so plz help
also feel free to msg me since i got no idea how to make my stories public to others when they're not published

Hello everypony, I'm new in this group and I'm a newbie on writing my fanfic. I was working on a military crossover, adventure and gore type of story and I've only done the Prologue and Chapter 1. So I might need some help on my fanfic like editing and probably comment anything helpful. I already got a proofreader so don't worry about that. If you guys can respond to me, thank you!

This sounds slightly like the start of a commercial for a social app. Nice.

You can't make a story in a script format or chat-like. You have to narrate it, describe it, don't overdo it (and don't underdo it either).

I have trouble making stories. I have no idea if it's the spelling, if it's the plot, if it's the grammar that's wrong. No one is telling me anything wrong in my story's comments so I don't know what's wrong with my writing.

Hi there! Looking for new friends?

Do that like, i do: watch some movies, play some video games or... just hangout with friends.

Oof, I need help. I joined in the middle of the month, and I have no new ideas. How do I find new ideas?

Hello everyone! I'm King Genesis. I'm a newbie at this site so I don't know the rules so much.
I had some doubts:
I've started with a story and I published 2 chapters. The problem is that it has been 2 days since I submitted it and it haven't got approved yet. I think it is because they are busy doing other things, but I'm also afraid of my way of writing the chapters.
I've seen how people write their chapters here and it's completely different from my way. You write the chapters like if they were a narrated story, while I write them like if it was a script. Making a space per dialogue. Is this OK or prohibited? And this is why my story is not being published? If you answer me, thank you.

Alright, so I've been an avid reader of this site for years now, and I finally got the nerve to put something out. The thing is, I'm trying to get honest opinions for a first time story and for input on how I can improve. I'd really appreciate it if anyone would look over what I've currently written and give me thoughts. I haven't had a single comment, have two downvotes and one upvote, but have yet to get any feedback.

Link here, any thoughts are much appreciated;

I have added I Am Not a Monster to the October 2018 folder. There is no danger; just anger featured. Thanks.

Scratch that. I'm not risking it being taken out of the folder by force; although I did imply the story to have no danger. I just don't want someone to read it and not agree with me.

I have finished writing my fanfic, it is in perfect Spanish (I am not a native speaker of English). But when I translate it into English, there are always some spelling mistakes. I would like someone to help me correct them.

Hi, everyone ^_^

im starting to write my first fic. its completely random and just for fun. someone tell me what i should do

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