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If you are looking for my stories, you will have to go into my gallery.
I've been here at DA for a good number of years, so I think I can voice how I feel about something. It's a little bothersome when I find a multi-chapter story and they aren't connected.
More often than not, I don't find the story on it's first chapter, and there is no link to the next, previous or first chapter of the story. So that leads me, and I'm sure a few other people, to click on the author's name. Go to their gallery, and then look for the first chapter of the story, if not the next chapter.
Now if they had been given their own folder, it makes it easier to find them, but after reading each chapter, we have to go back to that folder each time to get the next chapter in line to be read.
Before you say that I'm lazy, that isn't the point I'm trying to make. Everyone one wants visitors to their page. To look through their gallery and to find something else that they like. Get a watch or two. I begrudge no one that.
What I'm talking about is the inability I, we, have as a reader to flow from one chapter to the next. To stay in the world that the writer has put time and effort into creating for us to enjoy and be swept up in.
But how swept up could we be, if we have to keep going back to find the next chapter and perhaps having that be even more difficult if the story wasn't organized by the author and left scattered among other stories and different pieces of work?
So a few weeks or so ago, perhaps a week ago, I found a story that l liked and asked the author why her chapters weren't linked.
She didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I almost, almost, couldn't believe it. Not that long ago, almost every story I read had links, but since I don't see that many stories with links now, I could understand why she didn't understand what I meant.
So the first part of this journal was me explaining why we need more authors to add links to their multi-chapter stories.
This next part is to show you how to do it.
Firstly, you need two chapters to do it. Yes I just said that. To link chapters in a story to each other, you must have more than one chapter in to you story. I know how dumb that sounds.
Now, if you you want to, for some reason, link stories to each other, go for it. I know, I think there was something in water.
Anyway, some people may have a few connected stories, side stories or part one and part two or what have you, that they want to link together.
The process is still the same, the only difference would be how you label the link(s).
Now on the right side of everything submitted on DA there is a set of codes for you to use to link to that page.
To be fair there is another field/"box" with code under the title Embed, but that is used, mostly, for outside of DA I believe. Correct me if that's wrong. Also, it is only given if you posted an image or another non-text submissions.
For what I'm trying to show you here, you are only concerned with these two anyway.
Now, you will have to choose which look you want to present. Do you want them to see something like this?
Or if you just want a line of blue letters like this.
Am I wanted - fav.me/d4eobn3
Now the process is very simple. Go the the page that you want to link to. Copy the code that you want to use. Link or thumb. Go to the submit or edit page of where you want to place the link. Now place it inside this space/field.
Now, I didn't clarifier this part to someone else and she place the link in the same text field as her chapter.
At first I was surprised, but then I thought it was brilliant. She placed a word link back to the previous chapter at the start of the chapter, and then a link to her next chapter at the end of the chapter.
Now when placing links you may do it this way.
Or this way.
Showing a link to what is next or pointing your readers back to the start of the story if this is the first time they are seeing it.
Some people have all three. Previous chapter link, Next chapter link and Start of story link. Like my friend here.
I think I've coved it for quick simple linking. If you want to know more, ask me. I answer all questions.