How to submit your Moor Story

How to submit your Moor StoryHow to submit your Moor Story

Its easy to submit a story on the web site Home Page

Just click the Add your story or the Create Your Own Story button

Submit a story screenshot 

When you are on the Add your story tab simply follow the instructions and fill in the boxes.

Page one – Your Story details    

Submit a story - details

Page two – pictures and videos
Submit your story pictures and videos

This guide provides a few extra tips to help you succeed.

1. Have everything ready before you start

The following fields are mandatory so you MUST fill them in:

  • My story is called:
    Choose something short, descriptive and exciting
  • My story took place at:
    Choose the nearest lcoation from the list to where you are. Use GPS or a map to find the nearest place on the list if you're not sure.
  • My story is:
    Creative - if you are writing fiction or something you've made up
    Factual - an account of a trip to a tor or an experience based on the history of Dartmoor
    Schools - if your'e doing this as a school project, homework or similar. The Resources for Schools page might help you
  • My story is set in this time period
    choose a time period from the list. You can use the time period pages to help you or. If youre not sure then use the modern moor and write from a modern person's point of view
  • Landmarks and places in my story
    This is a free text field. If you are writing a factual story about an object or place enter a description of where it was found. Eg. East Street (within the parish of Ashburton). If you are writing a creative story enter the ideal place for the reader of your story to read it. Eg. The Castle Inn at Lydford

  • Story Text
    This is a free text field. It is safest to write your story in your favourite document editor. Once you have finished and saved it on your computer select all of the text and use copy and paste to copy it into the story text field.
  • Your name
    This will appear as the authors name when your story is published.
  • Your email
    This is how you will be notified that your story has been accepted so make sure you enter a valid one. It will not appear on the site anywhere it is just used by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) moderator.

2. Use Parish and Story Type to help readers find your story

The site features a map of the Dartmoor parishes. Clicking on a parish will show all of the stories related to that parish. Readers can also filter stories to look for a particular type, factual, creative or schools. Select the parish nearest to your story location and select the appropriate story type – creative, factual or school.

3. Use the Time Period field when writing a factual story

The site can also organize stories by time periods, particularly useful for schools and historians. If you are writing a factual story try to determine and select the time period it relates to.

4. Add links to other web sites or media within the Story Main Text

The standard form allows you to upload up to 7 images and a link to a You Tube video. However you can also add in web addresses to other web pages in the Story Main Text. Just open up the web page that you want to link to, copy the URL and paste it at the end of your story.  

5. Add pictures to embellish your story

Try to add at least one picture, ideally a photograph, with your story.
The main image will be shown above your story when it is listed and will help entice people to read it. keep the image landscape and a file size below 3MB is good.

6. Use YouTube for hosting videos

Creating a simple video is a good way to capture the essence of Dartmoor. You Tube is a free and easy to use service where you can upload videos you have made perhaps directly from your phone. When your video is on YouTube copy the full code eg

7. Check back in five working days

Once you have filled in all of the boxes you should be able to Submit Your Story. You will be notified by email of the submission and you should be emailed again within 5 working days to let you know when your story has been published.

8. Celebrate and share!

You are a published author. Tweet and share you story from the Moor Stories site.

Publishing Oral History archives on YouTube

If you have a CD of oral histories you can use the following steps to get them online.

1.    Rip the oral histories from the CD to your computer. If you don’t know how to do this then this how to guide should help

2.    Find or create a few photos or images that can be shown when the audio track is playing.
3.    Sign up or log into a YouTube account
4.    Visit the upload page on YouTube
5.    Click Create a slideshow video
6.    Upload photos from your computer, or select photos from an existing Google+ photo album, and click Select
7.    Drag and drop the photos to rearrange them. When you’re done, click Next8.    Select an audio track from the library under “Audio”, or select No audio to have your slideshow play without music. (You won't be able to upload audio files from your computer).
9.    Click Upload when you’ve finished making your slideshow

You can also use a program like Windows Live Movie Maker or iMovie to add audio to your images before uploading the file to YouTube.

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