Warriors Articles

by Emberdawn and Birchfoot

If you want to write about anything in the Warriors universe, here’s the place to be! A Warriors article (also called a fan article) is a post on the blog that can be about anything related to Warriors, whether that’s your review of a certain book or an analysis of a certain character.

A very important distinction about articles is that they aren’t comments. Once you’ve written something you might want to send in as an article, ask yourself this: “is what I’ve written an article or a comment?” If your article is just a list of questions you’ve asked yourself about Warriors, you’ve written a comment and not an article.

So, what are the requirements for an article to be published?

  1. It must be AT LEAST 350 words long. This is for regular articles, song articles, and picture articles (aka all types of articles). Song article length will be judged based on the article length WITHOUT the song lyrics included.
  2. It CANNOT be fanfiction. This includes clear storytelling of events/characters that do not exist in the Warriors canon, skits (dialogue between characters that did not occur in the books), and descriptions of “What if?”. If the article editors think that an article resembles fanfiction, it will not be published.
  3. It must be engaging content for the blog. Because we want to encourage articles that are well-thought and well-researched (to elevate them beyond a regular comment), the article editors will only publish articles they think will be engaging for readers of the blog.
  4. It must be suitable for all ages, including children. While we want to be as flexible as we can on what we allow to be published, there are some topics that we’d like to avoid as much as possible, just to make sure that BlogClan remains safe and respectful on all fronts. For example, a topic that would not be published is defending/encouraging the relationship between Thistleclaw and Spottedleaf in the latter’s novella. If the article editors feel that an article is not suitable for the blog, it will not be published.

ARTICLE TYPES

You may be wondering what a song article or a picture article is, and here’s the answer! Click on the boxes below to read the descriptions and find some examples of each type of article. If an article doesn’t fit either of these categories, then it’s a general fan article.

Song articles

A song article, as the name suggests, is an article that focuses on one or more songs. Typically, they relate a song’s lyrics to characters, scenes, or events in the Warriors series.

Song articles will only be accepted as valid content if they are transformative from the original song (i.e., the lyrics are noticeably changed (more than one or two lines are changed to better suit the theme/vision of the article writer)) OR if the article writer analyses why the song suits the theme(s)/character(s) mentioned by the article writer (more than one or two sentences). In addition, the word content outside of the lyrics must be 350 words or more.

A song article could also be sharing different songs, animations, or multi-animator projects (MAPs), and links to them. These songs must be child-friendly, and the word minimum applies as well.

Here’s an example of a song article that wouldn’t be published (16 words long, lyrics copied word-for-word, no analysis):

This song is by Marianas Trench and describes Crowfeather after he and Leafpool stopped being mates!

It’s the third of October
You should come over
Best laid plans are not sober
Maybe not the way we thought we’d planned
But both of us will take this hand
For a couple of days
Then we’ll disappear
We don’t have to talk
Of where we go from here
Oh, my dearly departed
My dearly departed

One final shoulder
Here before we’re none
And then there were none
This last call could be all we can do for each other
Embrace for a dear old friend
Bring wine to bed
We’ll toast what could have been
My dearly departed
To my dearly departed

I don’t know how to mend it
But this chapter ended
When all of my plans have depended on you
But at least tonight we still pretend
Hold each other close like it’s not the end
And you can send me balloons
And we can laugh at the doom
We both thought of that
Doesn’t it say something too
Oh, my dearly departed
My dearly departed

One final shoulder
Here before we’re none
Until all are none
This last call could be all we can do for each other
Embrace for a dear old friend
Bring wine to bed
We’ll toast what could have been
My dearly departed
To my dearly departed

Every masterpiece I’d write again
You’ll always be my porcelain
I crossed my heart
But I stuttered too
So truth or dare
Was I good to you
Haven’t had enough of you all to myself
Still right beside you
In sickness and health
For ever after
You will be my home
And there’s no place like home

We never sent the cards
They’re all still on the table
Wanna throw them out
But I’m just not able
My dearly departed
My dearly departed

Toast what could, what could have been
Toast what could, what could have been
Dear old friend
Toast what could, what could have been
Dear old friend
Toast what could, what could have been
My dearly departed
My dearly departed
My dearly departed
What could have been
My dearly departed
My dear old friend

Picture articles

Picture articles are articles primarily focusing around pictures/images that are inserted into the article. They make direct references to the pictures, either to demonstrate cat appearances or to show off art that the author has done. Some examples are Briarpaw’s “Comparing and Contrasting Different Depictions of Warrior Cats (part 2) and Shadowfate’s Complete Firestar Family.

REQUESTED EDITS

If you’re not so confident about your spelling and would like someone to read it over and make some minor edits, you can do so by putting “Request Edit” (request edit / REQUEST EDIT are also acceptable) in the title. For example, “How Tigerstar Changed the Clans (Request edit)” and “How Tigerstar Changed the Clans – REQUEST EDIT” are both valid titles that will make sure that the article editors edit your article.

Please note: the article editors will only correct GRAMMATICAL errors and will not change your article drastically, such as changing sentence structure or formatting.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This page has a comment section where you can ask the article editors (Emberdawn and Birchfoot) questions relating to articles. Before you scroll down, though, please open the box below and see if your question is one of our frequently asked questions!

FAQ

When will my article be posted?
Short answer: we don’t know.
Long answer: Because we get a lot of articles, it’s hard to estimate when exactly articles will come out and our estimates are by no means accurate. Unless your article has already been scheduled for an exact day or does not meet our requirements, we will not give you a concrete answer as to when your article will come out.

Did you get my article?
Chances are, yes. There’s no harm in asking this below, since it is fairly common for articles to get lost between the (attempted) submission and our pending articles folder, but please include the TITLE of your article, just so we can easily find whether or not it was submitted properly.

How do I put an image in my article?
Post the image link (URL) at the end of your article! This line will be deleted when your article is scheduled and does not count towards your final word count.

I forgot an image link when I submitted my article. How do I send it in?
Post a comment below with the link to the image you’d like to be used in the article. We will keep it in moderation (aka it will not be modded) until we get to scheduling your article, just so we remember!

If I don’t put an image link, what happens?
We, the article moderators, will choose an image for you.

How do I put bold/italic/underline/block quote in my article?
As far as we can tell, you just have to write the code in like you would in a normal comment! If it doesn’t work, we will manually put it in wherever your code appears.

How many articles have I written/submitted?
Short answer: we don’t know.
Long answer: There is no reliable way for us to search through articles by author, especially because the name box in the submission section records and logs the author by their current nickname if they are signed in. Thus, we can’t give an accurate number.

Can I co-write an article with someone?
Of course! This is the only exception to the “no skits” rule since some authors would like to distinguish who is writing what, but it does walk a fine line.

SUBMISSIONS

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STOP! Is your article 350 words long? If you’re unsure, here’s a handy-dandy word counter to make sure. Click here. A reminder that your article WILL NOT be published if it is under 350 words.

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