Last week I published the Main Character Survey! It appeared that it didn’t work as well as I’d hoped – nearly every browser, operating system and word processer caused different problems. I had no idea it was so damn hard to just share a document.
This made me think: I wanted to provide the form in a different manner, so that everyone could access it easily.
First, I started searching for a WordPress form plugin. There are tons, but non provided what I was looking for: a form that didn’t send the results to me, but simply reported them back (clearly, I don’t have any use of your filled in MCS, only you do). You’d think this is form basics, but no. I think I spent 6 hours last Saturday searching for a proper form thing, I think I’ve seen every free and paid option available. Still, none offered what I was looking for.
I lost quite some hair that day. I can’t begin to express how frustrated I was. Even Google Docs can’t do what I wanted.
The next day, last Sunday, I started looking again. Guess what, in only 10 minutes I had found the solution. A php coded form. It was going to be a shitload of work, but it also provided perfect procrastination (I had an exam on Monday ;p).
You can find it by clicking “Main Character Survey” in my site navigation bar (below the header), which will send you to the introduction, or you can click on “The Survey“, and you’ll be sent to the MCS straight away.
Make sure that, after you click submit, you save and/or print the page. You can do so by clicking the Print|PDF button at the bottom on the page (which you can see at the bottom of this post as well).
What’s the best thing about the MCS as a PHP form, in my opinion, is that it’s intuitive and easy to work with! Much better than that Word Doc.
So, have fun and I hope it will assist you in writing a great story!
And I’m considering making more surveys…. Any suggestions? :p