Formatting a Story for HASA: 1. General Information on Layout

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1. General Information on Layout

So, you've decided to post a story on HASA, either submitting it for review or placing it in the General or Beta section of the Members area? Great!

Standard formatting is encouraged, but not required. If you have previously posted a story on, say,, you may have included comments and author's notes in chapters that were reactions to reviews - those should be removed when you post on HASA. If you are unsure of what formatting is desirable, the following notes may be helpful. Information on using HTML tags to create bold, italics, etc. can be found in the HTML Guide under My Stories.

The second chapter of this entry gives an example of layout.

HASA Story Formatting Boilerplate:

General Info:

1) Story name, author name, and chapter title and number are all generated automatically and need not / should not be included in the text.

2) The boilerplate disclaimer is also automatically generated, so any author's disclaimers that are strictly Tolkien-related should be removed.

3) Italics, boldface, and underlining within story text - it doesn't matter which you prefer, although consistency is a good thing.

Divisions within text:

1) A blank line, row of 7 asterisks (on left margin), and another blank line indicates division between story proper and author's note and/or footnotes.

2) A blank line, row of 3 asterisks (on left margin), and another blank line indicates an internal break within the story.

3) If you previously used other asterisk formats, horizontal lines, or other means of indicating divisions, replace them with one of these two as appropriate.

4) Don't skip lines between the heading for author's note or footnotes, and the notes themselves.

5) If you do not have any author's notes, footnotes, or subdivisions within a chapter, it's easy - no asterisks or skipped lines needed.

Author's notes / footnotes:

1) Normally author's notes are at the top, but if the original author's note was at the foot of the story, it may remain there (after any footnotes).

2) If author's notes appear in more than one chapter, but are short in each chapter, they may remain there.

3) Extensive author's notes, e.g. more than one paragraph and especially if they are long notes in multiple chapters, should be contained collectively in their own chapter at the end of the story. Title this chapter "Author's notes."

4) Dedications can stay, references to reviews or feedback on earlier chapters should be cut (this is preferred) or, if you really want to keep them, put them into the end chapter of notes.

5) Footnotes are numbered consecutively in the text and placed in parentheses, not indicated by symbols.

6) The headings "Author's note(s):" and "Footnote(s):" should be in boldface and on separate lines. Use the singular or plural as appropriate.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Research Article

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/01/04

Original Post: 01/12/03

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