Welcome to Café Travaille!, your one-stop shop for getting over your nasty procrastination habits! Got a huge writing-related project looming on the horizon? Just need a little extra push to get things done? Browse through the lists and tools here for some extra support!
Tools and Links
These tools are designed to help writers stay on track. Download what you need to customize your writing experience!
If you know of any resources yourself, please feel free to post your suggestions in this thread!
Weekly Word War
How about a communal extra push? We got you covered!
Every Saturday from 8:30 PM EST (UTC-5) onwards, you and several other fellow Serebii authors can log into Skype to challenge each other to a word war.
What’s a word war? A word war is a friendly competition in which you and one or more partners write as many words as possible within a given time frame, and whoever writes the most wins. It works like this:
- You and your partner(s) decide on a time frame. In this case, you can go from 8:30 EST all the way to whenever we feel like stopping (and we'll usually announce when that happens), but you don’t have to! If you want a series of shorter word wars (or just shorter word wars in general) or if you want to go well into the dead of night, you can! Just make sure you hammer out with your partner(s) how long you want to go.
- Once you decide on a time frame, state your current word count in the chat. For example, if you’re starting from scratch, your word count is zero. If you’re continuing a chapter that you’ve written 100 words for, then your word count is 100 words. Your word count is always going to be your current word count.
- After that, ready yourselves and then declare that you’re starting.
- Write! Write! Write!
- At the end of your time period, call time. Use a word counter to figure out your word count. That’s the number of words you’ve written since the start of the war. For example, if you started the war with 100 words, but you’re at 356 when you finish, then the word count you should tell your partner is 256 because you wrote 256 words in that time period.
- Whoever wrote more is the winner! Congrats!
Of course, this is totally a friendly competition, so there aren’t really any prizes to be won, but if you want to make things interesting, have at it!
So with that in mind, every Saturday, you’ll be able to log into Skype and be invited to a mass conversation with Serebiians. The mass conversation will always have one major word war going on as well as off-topic chatting (meaning it’s a great place to hang out with other Serebii authors!), but you’re more than welcome to break off and form your own mini wars with other members.
To receive an invite to the Skype chat, though, you’ll need to sign up by posting in this thread or sending a PM to the fic mods. That way, mods will have your Skype details and can send you an invite every Sunday. Simply use the following form to get on the list:
(Note: If you do NOT want your Skype handle to be posted publicly on the list at the end of this section, please use the last field to ensure that we don’t post your deets publicly. The advantage to the public list is others can find you during the week to chat and hold word wars off the regularly scheduled time, but the disadvantage is … well.)HTML Code:[b]Your Serebii username:[/b] [b]Your Skype handle:[/b] [b]Do you want your Skype to be added to the public list? (Y/N):[/b]
Can’t make a Saturday? No problem! Just notify a mod or make another post in this thread requesting that you be left out of the round of invites for that week, and we’ll be sure to leave you be.
Wondering if there are rules to this thing? Uuuuunfortunately, absolutely, but luckily, they're pretty straightforward:
See? Painless! So if you're looking to connect with other writers about your projects or whatnot, consider joining the chat~!
The Serebii Deadline Service
Need someone to give you an extra push? Use the Serebii Deadline Service! How it works is simple: post here with the form below to request a deadline. Once you’re on the list, you’ll receive one or two warnings from our deadline fairies, depending on how much notice you give us. The first will come seven days before your deadline; the second will come twenty-four hours before. It’s a great way to remind yourself that you have a job to do!
...By encouraging people to pile up on your VM wall.
Yes, folks, this is a service where the community can participate! Anyone can be a deadline fairy, so if you happen to notice that someone’s deadline is coming up soon, drop by their profile and give them a gentle nudge!
(Copypasta into a new post and replace the stuff in parentheses with your info, please!)
The ListHTML Code:[b]Your Project:[/b] (Describe your project here. You can use this service for writing entire one-shots, chapters, reviews, school papers—whatever you’d like!) [b]Your Deadline:[/b] (The more time you give us, the better!) [b]Your Timezone:[/b] [b]Pileup? (Y/N):[/b] (If you do NOT want all of the deadline fairies to show up on your wall, please say so, and we’ll make a note that only one person should visit your profile.)
(Note: If you’ve completed your work ahead of schedule, please be sure to let us know too, so we can take you off the list in a timely manner! Deadline fairies, please pay attention to the notes beside each name. Some people may not want a pileup!)