Over the past few weeks, I've been collaborating with my fellow hat-wearers Permission Givers to try and make the whole Getting Permission thing a bit more structured - that is, to help you, as a new writer, determine whether you're ready to apply for Permission. Because seriously, the only answer we ever give is 'Have you been here a month? Well, we don't really care about that except when we do...'
(In case you can't tell, that's a joke. :P I know a lot of helpful things are said in every 'I'm thinking of applying for Permission' thread)
So! Without further ado, allow me to present the vegetable of our labours (it's like a fruit, only not so much):
This is an entirely voluntary self-check form designed to help you answer the age-old question: Am I Ready To Write PPC? It's presented as a GoogleDocs survey, but all the questions are optional, and you don't even have to hit submit. There's also no slot for your name. ;)
But the questions are quite hard. They're thinky questions - lots of big empty boxes for you to write in. :P They cover everything from concrit to characterisation to looking things up on the Wiki - and really, you should be able to at least take a stab at every single question. There are, including bonus questions (they're the fun ones ;)) and the record-keeping at the end, 44 of the beggars - so it might take you a while.
But it'll help. Promise.
(It's already been checked and approved by several PGs, but if anyone can spot any non-deliberate mistakes, or anything that needs to be clarified - please say. ~hS)
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