Queentakesjack22's Writing Tips: Part 1Queentakesjack22’s Writing Tips: Part 1Queentakesjack22's Writing Tips: Part 12 years ago in Writing More Like This
Recently a few of my watchers came to me and asked me for advice on how I write my stories and I’ve also noticed that every now and then I get comments on some of my works about how some deviants wish they could write like me. While I am absolutely flattered you guys think so highly of me, I have to be honest and say that I don’t think that I’m exactly a paragon of writing. That being said, I love to help you guys out as much as I can so I have decided to create this little guide for you all. Please keep in mind that I am not a published or critically acclaimed author, nor do I pretend to be. I’m just an average girl who has a vast imagination and a passion for writing. So this will not be the end all, be all of writing guides. In fact I’m pretty sure this guide itself will have several errors, but I’m okay with that because these are just my own personal tips that I try and stick to as much as pos
8 tips about how to write a good storyBe it an original story or a fanfiction, a good story (one that attracts lots of readers), needs to have a few things. Throughout the years I have been on deviantArt I had people asking me for help. So now I decided to provide you with some knowledge I have been gathering ever since I started writing stories myself.8 tips about how to write a good story2 years ago in Other More Like This
First off, writing isn't something you're good at from the beginning. It grows while you work on your story. And I'm not just talking about grammar or spelling, I'm also referring as to how you write and describe your story. When I started writing I was at the age of 13. Believe me, the same story is still in my head YET there is a big difference between then and now. So here are some things you should keep in mind whenever you write a story.
1. The plot of the story
The most important thing at the start of writing is the plot. What is it you want to tell (write) and why? How do the things happen and why do they happen? For each and every happening there should be an
So You Want to Write FanficSo You Want to Write FanfictionSo You Want to Write Fanfic5 years ago in Writing More Like This
"Good writing is like good plumbing; it's there when you need it, but nobody really appreciates it except those who made it." - Anonymous
So you want to be a good writer of fan fiction. The first question you should ask yourself is why.
Fanfic writers aren't the ones that get the sexy babes or the hot studs.
Fanfic writers aren't the ones that get tons of money.
Fanfic writers aren't the ones that are admired by everyone else.
The stereotype of a fanfic writer these days is some fat, ugly person (usually somewhere between the ages of 9-25) hunched over a computer endlessly typing. While there are a few people like this, that's not everyone. Everyone is different, and so are writers.
Section I. Before you begin
Don't think you're going to become great overnight. It takes a lot of time and effort to become a successful fanfic writer. Don't try to take shortcuts or think that things will be good if you cheat a bit. Copypasta will always leave your readers w
74. Tips and TricksTips and Tricks74. Tips and Tricks4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Coin in the cup." she said in a flat tone. He blinked at her, put off guard by the sudden appearance of the girl as well as her sudden statement. She rattled her cup at him; it had two other coins already in there.
"Excuse me?" he questioned. What did she want with a coin? Was she a beggar? He glanced her over, saw she was decently dressed, and decided she wasn't really in dire need of money.
"Coin." she repeated in the same flat, dull tone, eyes now narrowing slightly at him, "In the cup."
"But... why?" he echoed, confused.
"Never mind." she growled and moved on to the next person, "Coin in the cup." He stayed put, watching that person blink, look inside the cup and select a coin. The girl nodded, held her hand over the cup to cover the contents from sight and began to shake it deliberately and slowly. "Hold your coin in your fist, tightly. It's going to return to the cup to be with its twin." she told the other person, "One. Two. Three."
She swept her hand away from
How Not to write a Mary SueHow Not to write a Mary Sue3 years ago in Writing More Like This
How Not To Write A Mary Sue
So, what is a Mary Sue? It is used as a form of criticism in literature and refers to an idealised and somewhat "perfect" character that appears to have no flaws or if they do they are so limited that all the "perfect" characteristics overwhelm them making the character "flat." Mary sue often refers to a young female protagonist and male "Mary Sues" are often called "Larry Stu".
From my experience most Mary Sues are written in non-published works usually by young writers especially in fan-fiction. However there are a few Mary Sue writers who are actually published (sadly). It shows a deep lacking to create perfect characters unless it's done for satirical purposes.
So why should you avoid writing Mary Sues? Simple, perfect is boring!
We don't like perfect, we don't want perfect! Ask anyone in a relationship to list the positives traits, charms and idiosyncrasies of their partner and I guarantee at least one will be something that is weird, annoying, bizarre
Tips from a Writer IIITips from a Writer III2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hey guys, it's me again! I'm back with more tips from a writer! I've accumulated a bit of things since the last time, so let's jump right in!
The difference between "thought" and "taught."
I've noticed this mistake quite some bit, and it's a relatively easy mistake to make if you're not careful. "Thought" means that someone came up with an idea in the past: I thought of a design for a hover car. Or it can also mean that the idea was misleading, such as: I thought I saw a cat on the sidewalk, but it was a skunk.
"Taught" is the past tense of teach. I taught Middle School students before I went back to college for a PhD.
The truth behind the apostrophe.
An apostrophe is a confusing thing if you haven't indulged in how it can be used and looked into it extensively. An apostrophe is used for two instances: to either state that the word is a plural, or an abbreviation. If it's a plural, it looks like this: I'm pretty sure the car i
The Art of VILLAINYThe Art of VILLAINY5 years ago in Writing More Like This
The Art of VILLAINY ~ Making Realistic Villains for your Fiction ~
"People will do far more to Avoid Pain than they will to Seek Pleasure."
-- CIA Profiler Gavin DeBecker on Human Nature
When I craft a villain, I go out of my way to make darned sure that my fictional villains are as realistic as the villains we face in real life. I begin by giving them ordinary human Issues.
Within every villain (fictional and non-fictional) there's a human issue at core that drives them to BE villains in the first place. Even mass murderers have reasons (however twisted) for doing what they do.
NO villainous action is RANDOM.
The victim may be randomly chosen, but the action -- no matter how twisted -- always has a reason behind it. That reason is ALWAYS driven by a very human issue triggered by an unfulfilled and essential human need.
Key Human Issues:
* Desire for Connection
Pesky Literary Tips and TricksRachael's Bad Writing Tips!Pesky Literary Tips and Tricks4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Got a story you don't think is up to par? Here's some stinky advice from a 13 year old! So first you establish the basics: the setting and the character. Once you know those two things then the rest can sorta fall into the place. Here's the example I'll use.
Setting: Medieval type city square, a festival. Cold and cloudy out.
Character: A bored and whiny city guard girl named Minx.
Sound good? Okay! Onto the rest of the thingamabobber. What is the character doing in the scene? How are they interacting with other characters or devices in the story?
*If this is a series story, then you should have more of an idea of the character and setting and such. Or even if it's a story that's not super short.
A short and quick way to write a scene is to outline what the character is doing and their basic thoughts.
"It was a cold day. Everyone was bustling around with the vendors and street performers. Minx was standing at her post as
The Secret to ParagraphingThe Secret to Paragraphing5 years ago in Writing More Like This
The SECRET to Proper Paragraphing
(NOT a punctuation article.)
Once you know what your characters and doing and saying, how do you get all that down on Paper without ending up with a huge confusing mess?
Putting the Story on Paper.
Everybody knows that when a new speaker speaks they get a new paragraph, right? In other words, you DON'T put two different people talking in the same paragraph. Okay, yeah, so anyone who has written any kind of fiction learns this pretty darned quick, (usually from their readers.)
What nobody seems to get is that the same goes for a new character's ACTIONS. Seriously, when a new character ACTS they're supposed to get their own paragraph -- even if they don't speak!
In short, you paragraph by change in CHARACTER -- not because they speak, but because they ACT. Ahem... Dialogue is an ACTION. In other words, the reason you don't put two different characters' Dialogue
Fishing for INSPIRATION?Fishing for INSPIRATION?5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Fishing for INSPIRATION?
Your imagination is a pond that you fish your ideas from. Like any fishing pond, what you catch depends on what you've stocked your pond with and how much you put in there. If you fish for only the occasional idea, your little ideas have time to breed creatively until they overflow the pond, leaping right out into your hand -- and onto your keyboard. If you fish a lot, you will have to restock -- Frequently.
A Dry Pond = Writer's Block
What's in YOUR Imagination?
What do you KNOW?
What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
WHO do you KNOW?
Have you ever met...?
A real Criminal?
A real Hero?
A real Romantic?
Writing Crossover Fanfiction to be ReadFelicitations, fellow fanfiction aficionados!Writing Crossover Fanfiction to be Read2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
As you may have surmised from the title, this is something of a guide, or at least a listing of tips and well-meant advice, to writing a good piece of crossover fanfiction. I shall assume that you are familiar with the definitions of "crossover," "fandom," "shipping," and various other terms commonly seen in the fanfiction community. Chances are that you've read a great deal of fanfiction and that you may even have written some already, after all.
Before we continue, I'd like to make a few things clear.
First, reading and even following what advice I can offer will not guarantee your story's stardom in the FF community. I would hope that it increases your chances to some degree, but there are many, many factors involved in any story's popularity, and, sadly, not all of them can be controlled by your own efforts at writing.
Second, I am not an expert in story-telling. There are others on the internet who have written far better fanfictions t
Tips and Tricks for Writing A villainSo you may have some kind of hero in your head. Well, every hero needs a Villain. And every Villain needs to be done well. Here are some tips to help you write you Villain.Tips and Tricks for Writing A villain3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tip #1: Make the Villain Sympathetic. Find was to show us that this Villain is not evil all the time, or perhaps weren't evil all the time. Make us feel sorry for the villain.
Tip #2: Sometimes, being totally evil is totally ok. Giving us a Villain who just likes to be evil can actually be pretty cool. But you have to give him a good reason to act the way he does. Otherwise the villain might come off as bland and uninteresting.
Tip #3: Villains can have friends and family too. Feel free to throw in friends or the villain, personal enemies, or maybe their mother. Just as long as you develop them some what.
Tip #4: Villains and Heroes make the best allies. Have your Villain team up with the hero som
Character Design 101Character Design 1014 years ago in Writing More Like This
When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie
Crossing GenresCrossing Genres4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Every genre has core elements that make that genre that genre. In order to Cross Genres properly, you need to know each of your genre's distinctive elements and make them Equally Important in the story.
Simple, no? However...
One of the most common mistakes I've seen in every genre of fiction: IGNORANCE.
"Most of the common mistakes come with any writing that isn't so goodbad characters, bad plots, bad writing. The ones which are peculiar to alternate histories (fantasy and sci-fi) are bad research and bad extrapolation."
-- An Interview with Harry Turtledove --
How do you expect to cross genres properly if you don't even know the genres you're working with? Contrary to popular belief, even if you're writing pure Heroic Fantasy, just making it up as you go is NOT good enough!
On writing Heroic Fantasy
"The consequence of making that assumption is, inevita
High Speed STORIESHigh Speed STORIES5 years ago in Writing More Like This
When you absolutely, positively, HAVE to get the story done.
The trick to speed-writing is to Plan the story out first, more commonly known as PLOTTING.
"Diabolic" was written in 30 days -- all 15 chapters at 2500 to 3000 words per chapter, adding up to around 80k (thousand) words. A novel is 90k to 100k. I was able to do this because I already knew my main characters really well, (Vincent and Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII,) and I knew where my story ENDED. Basically, once I knew where I wanted to go, all I had to do was figure out how to get there.
Note: If you're interested, DIABOLIC can be found at Media Miner. The 'Search' feature is your friend!
The plot outline I used only had 5 points:
1. Beginning - The Main Character gets involved with the Villain or Lover.
2. Complications - The situation worsens.
3. Emotional Turning Point - Panic Attack! Fear and/or Guilt vs. Desperation
4. Reversal - The wor
GMC - SIMPLIFIEDGMC - SIMPLIFIED4 years ago in Writing More Like This
"I am I Need I Desire "
Goal, Motivation & Conflict - SIMPLIFIED
Goal, Motivation and Conflict seems to be the BIG MYSTERY of fiction writing. Everyone says that they're essential to good writing and they're right, they are. Absolutely. But this stuff can be a little confusing.
Let's begin at the beginning
-- What are all these things and why do stories need them?
Goal is what your character THINKS they are after.
Motivation is what makes them WANT to go after it.
Conflict is what Gets In Their Way.
-- Internal Conflict being ANGST or Drama.
-- External Conflict being the PLOT or Events.
The Plot (Events) Arc is the stuff that happens to the characters the plotline. There are 5 basic stages in a Plot Arc:
1 - Inciting Event
2 - Challenge
3 - Crisis/Reversal
4 - Ordeal
5 - Confrontation
The Character (Drama) Arc is the complimentary (or contrary) stage of Ang
The Shortest Poetry and General Writing GuideSpend words wisely; no cent over.The Shortest Poetry and General Writing Guide2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
A poetry/general writing tip.
Narrower text margins challenge your ideas and word use.
A poetry tip.
Misplaced, punctuation; hiccup. your: flow.
A poetry/general writing tip.
A poetry tip.
Excess words bore viewers!
The use of excess words can tend to really bore viewers to death and . . .
A poetry/general writing tip.
A poetry tip.
een line breaks
with fuller thoughts.
A poetry tip.
The LAYERS of FictionThe LAYERS of Fiction5 years ago in Writing More Like This
"If you have Action and Dialogue, do you really NEED Description too?
What is the difference?"
The Layers of Fiction
"Himawari-chan, I have your lunch!"
"Here you go Himawari-chan!"
"Thank you, Watanuki-kun!"
"You are very welcome, Himawari-chan."
"I see. Of course. Thank you, Yuuko-san. Do I need to tell you what she said?"
"No! No, you don't, and I don't want to hear it! I don't need a freaking baby-sitter!"
"Yuuko thinks you do."
"That's her! Not me!"
"Are you a fortune-teller?"
"No! Of course not!"
"I'll come get you after class. I'll get the instructor to let you wait while I practice."
"What? No! I said I don't want to wait !"
"You gonna eat that?"
"Yes I am!"
"I do not, not, NOT take orders from you!"
This is "Talking Head Syndrome." There are no dialogue tags, because I don't use them.