Story Writing TipsTip #1: Write about what you know. If you're writing a love story in which the main female character is dumped by her boyfriend, think about what you have been through in your own personal experience, and think about how she might react. Does your character have a strong personality? Are they normally quite likeable? Do they have a weak personality, and they let people push them around? Or do they have a personality that is mysterious, and unpredictable? Once you have established a main character, only you, the author, can predict how they will react to a certain problem.Story Writing Tips8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Tip #2: When beginning a story, and a chapter, it often helps to start the story/chapter in the middle of an action, because then you immediately grasp the reader's attention.
Tip #3: When writing a summary, you might want to include a very short excerpt from your story. That way, you get the reader intrigued. In a real, published book, the first thing that a person sees is the cover, second the title, and third, the
Equus AbsurdusIn keeping with my ranting about aggravating animals in fantasy, I think I shall rant about horses. The second most overly romanticized and anthropomorphized animal galloping around DA, second only to wolves. And heck, the ol' Equus Absurdus may give Lupus Bardus a run for his money. This will be less pointing out ineptitude in storytelling and rampant cliche, and more about doing your friggin' homework before you write or draw horses. And watching Spirit doesn't count.Equus Absurdus7 years ago in Historical More Like This
I'll be pretty blunt about the art side of things. Horses are Hard To Draw, and they are the Gods of being Hard To Draw. The only thing that I think might be harder is dinosaurs. (She said smugly.) Or possibly deer. When the grand masters of the Renaissance and contemporary master artists alike are stumped by rendering the correct pose of horses in flight, you bow before the king of hard art. Because ever
Doctrine of Danny Ch 7HostageDoctrine of Danny Ch 710 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Do I know you?" The girl asked me. She looked a little nervous for some reason…
"Yeah…" I said before I stopped to think about what I was saying, "I mean no! I mean uhh…" I shift around nervously.
'There's the weak-knee thing again…' I thought sourly to myself.
"…I was at the Nasty Burger yesterday. I saw you save that kid." Seeing how her face paled even more rapidly at that and remembering how she didn't want the crowd to see her, I added, "Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I was the only one who saw you!"
"Uhh, Thanks?" The girl said sounding uncertain. I was a little disappointed, hoping for a bit more reaction from the girl "And could you not tell anyone else about that?" I smiled a little at that. After all, who would believe me if I did say anything?
"Don't want anyone to know you go around battling ghosts in your free time?" I flirted lightly, trying to ignore my pounding heart and control my powers, which always became difficult every time I got nervous or excited. I felt
Doctrine of Danny Ch 19Doctrine of Danny Ch 199 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Ah, there you are Daniel! So good of you to join us… Morgan, this is my heir, Daniel. Daniel, this Morgan Manson. She's the daughter of a very well known fashion designer and Buckingham Manson, who happens to be the head of a large computer company and a dear friend of mine." I rolled my eyes at Vlad's introduction, noticing how he subtly 'forgot' to tell the girl my last name. Well, as subtle as Vlad could be at any rate… (insert flying mallets.)
I'm still trying to get used to the fact that Vlad has friends… I told myself dryly. Still, as much as I wanted to, I couldn't take my anger out on a girl I didn't even know. I mean, just because she was rich didn't make her a snob, right?
"Pleased to make your acquaintance, Daniel." Morgan said with a very proper curtsy. "I've heard so much about you, and have been looking forward to meeting you for weeks."
"Yeah, nice to meet you too, Morgan." I responded awkwardly. Somebody shoot me… "But pleas
Fragments1. Your clockwork appendages were cold to the touch, the industrial complex you called your mind was grating gear against gear where the unoiled works kept clacking away; your heart was a tick-tocking machine that counted the hours while the corrosion settled in.Fragments4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
2. "You know what you need?
"You need an adventure. Let's go have one."
3. I wanted to hold the thunder in glass jars and write long letters on faded parchment; instead I applied to retail stores to fuel my obsessions for the easily consumed and quickly forgotten.
4. He turned at the sound of my camera snapping, just in time for me to capture the expression on his face curious, unguarded.
5. I believe I'm hollow inside I believe everything that comes out of my mouth is nothing more than the brontide of all the stones I've swallowed.
6. She didn't want to say anything if she interrupted now, his epiphany would be lost and they really needed to get the wormhole working.
All the same, the hatchet in her
Writing 302: Action in PanelsYou may think this is solely up to the illustrator of the book but in fact it's actually a shared responsibility between writers and pencillers.Writing 302: Action in Panels5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Camera Angles and Storytelling through Panels
As a writer it's your job to define the pacing and flow of the page and how your story will reach the readers. The artist's job is to take those directions, execute them as best as he can and apply his vision on top of the writer's. It is a collaborative effort and that's why writers and artists have to keep a constant communication.
Drawing a pin-up is one thing, telling a story through pictures is something else entirely. All your choices have weight and they should mean something, you should be very conscious of every single decision you take as an artist/writer when working on a comic book.
A close up has a very different desired effect than a wide shot for instance, and they each communicate something specific to your readers. So always keep in mind, "What do I want to communicate wi
Wolfie's Official Character Bio TemplateWolfie's Official Character Bio Template4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Previous Aliases / Name: (write any names your OC has previously gone by.)
Nickname / Code Name: (write any nicknames or code names your character is referred to as by others.)
Alter ego: (does your OC have an alter ego? If yes, state so here. Provide a name if he/she has one.)
Gender: (male, female, transgender, other?)
Species: (if human, state so here; if something else, also state so)
Age: (how old is your OC?)
Birthday: (when was your OC born?)
Nationality: (where is your OC from / what is their heredity?)
Born / Place of Birth: (where was your OC born?)
Has moved to/visited/lived in: (where has your OC moved, visited, or lived - excluding their place of birth - in the course of their life?)
Spoken Languages: (state your OC's first language, maybe second and/or third languages as far down as it goes, then any other languages they have learned, whether in school or self-taught)
I Don't Think It's AsexualityI don't think you're asexual.I Don't Think It's Asexuality9 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Don't hate me for this, for trying to assume,
that I know what goes on upstairs,
in your messy mental rooms.
I just notice how you talk to me about
the molestation and abuse,
and how you slap yourself with a label
that society has coined for you.
Would It be wrong to say that I think you need help,
that maybe you're not disgusted with sex,
maybe you're not just asexual?
Perhaps it's fear that's keeping
you from smiling,
and society that's telling you
to cling to asexuality.
I'm sorry for this, but I think you need help,
rather then always
quickly self-diagnosing yourself.
No, you've got It wrong, I’m not saying
that you can't be asexual.
I'm just thinking that the abuse
wasn't the cause of your dislike for things sexual.
As your friend, I just want to help how I can,
so I thank you for giving me the chance,
for just letting me in.
Whether you're asex
9 Editing Tips You (Possibly) Haven't Heard BeforeIn some form or another, we all know how to edit. Maybe you're like me and there is some information in the back of your mind still hanging around from the 3rd grade grammar lessons. We all know subj-verb-obj, I before E except after C, etc. But when it comes to editing literature there are some more particular aspects of language that one should keep in mind in order to improve your story flow.9 Editing Tips You (Possibly) Haven't Heard Before3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. Complicated Vocabulary
2. Cliché v Collocation
3. Reading Out Loud
5. Getting Distance
6. Seeking Out Critique
7. Grammar Help
8. How to Use the Passive Voice and Why
9. Fixing Content Errors Before They Start
1. Least Complicated
A lot of times people get into trouble with their writing because they are either trying to emulate a certain style or because they're trying to 'sound smart', and it's not usually necessary. Yes, there are certain times that the bigger word will sound better and more appropriate, especially in period context, but most o
Ten Tips for Poetry1) Format is important. This is something a little difficult to say to a poet: there are amazing poems out there that butcher formatting conventions like a boss. Thing is, if you're going to neglect a convention, don't do it for the lulz: give it a reason. Don Marquis is a good, clean example: his "Archie" poems contain no capitals at all. At a glance, this makes Mr Marquis look like an imbecile. I know I myself instantly despise people who do not use proper capitalization. However, Archie is a cockroach. He can't actually reach the SHIFT key. So the fact that there are no capitals just makes the poem that much more entertaining.Ten Tips for Poetry5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
As another example, you can muck with formatting for real artistic reasons, but this is important: don't be lazy or "silly" with your formatting first, and then think of some sort of hipster excuse for doing it afterwards. It's poor form to use one's own work as an example, I know, but if you have a look at The Quiet Dog, it's all one giant paragraph
Ten Tips for Writing1) Describe. Description is good, and you should always do it as much as you can. We know you see the world you want to show us, but we need to see it as well, every detail. Make good use of adjectives and adverbs. Metaphors, allegories, and references are your friends. When something happens, make sure all relevant questions of who, what, where, how are answered (unless, of course, it's a mystery). And during particularly influential events say, the introduction of a new character or setting, bringing to light a new concept or perspective in a dynamic character anything story-changing should be described as much as possible.Ten Tips for Writing5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The van came to a halt at the corner of forty-third and eight, invisible aside from the strip of quarter-moonlight glinting off its mirrors. Four men stepped automatically from it, all dressed equally darkly, and equally silent.
LostLost. I cannot be lost. A helmorui warrior is never lost. Not in a million, billion years. Only little boys are lost. So are you lost, Cronachan of the House Fanai? Are you lost, little, pathetic, your torch withering? A shame, are you a shame to your House?Lost7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
No. I am not lost. I am not. I know exactly where I am, so I am not... lost. I will just walk a little and then I will be back at the lights of Lomea Nennin. I am not too deep, I am not too far. My classmates did not just run away, abandoning me like a bunch of cowards.
Perhaps not cowards. Think, Cronachan. Were they cowards, or were they clever and you a fool, a trusting fool, thinking you could have...friends. Thinking you could have playmates. There is no such thing in this world, is there? So why did you think there could be betrayal if there is nothing, no one to betray. They lured you, they left you. They did what you could do, what you should do next time you come across a chance. Just that you wont. You are different
Metroid Other M: A RetrospectiveOr, how Other M does not fit into the Metroid canon.Metroid Other M: A Retrospective1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
It’s been almost four years since the release of the last Metroid game, and sadly this latest hiatus was kicked off, at least for me, on a very disappointing note.
I can’t even begin to explain how much of a disappointment this game was for me, but I’d probably attribute that to the ecstatic hype I allowed myself to fall into in the months before its release.
While the gameplay was pretty decent on its own, the linear style was a huge step down from the exploration aspect Metroid fans have come to cherish. I miss the days of Metroid gaming where I had the ever-present question in my mind; “Where the fuck do I go?”
Despite its linear take, Other M is a decently fun game to play, combining aspects of both the 2-D shooting style of the original games with hack-n-slash elements like dodging and “finishing moves”.
But while the gameplay in itself wasn’t terribly disappointing, (aside from th
4 Tips for Personal Writers4 Tips for Personal Writers4 Tips for Personal Writers2 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 9 “Types of Writers” – Section 11 “Personal Writers”
With Links to Supplementary Material
While some people write for a cause, for the love of story, and/or for profit, there are some who write for themselves—to process their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in life. Even those writers who have other primary motivators can also relate to this feeling. As human experience is tremendously universal, stories that are the result of personal writing have the same potential to help others in the same way they help the writer. However, with revealing something as tender and emotional as the experiences and thoughts that we would dedicate an entire novel to, it is difficult not to guard the story so closely as to suffocate it. Today, I'm going to discuss maki
Tips for Improving and Enriching Your WritingTips for Improving and Enriching Your Writing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Tips for Improving and Enriching Your Writing
Know the fundamentals of writing. If you don't know these or need help with them look copy and paste this link into your adress bar http://magicuser5656.deviantart.com/art/Things-Everyone-Should-Know-About-Writing-286645736
Know your audience. You need to be aware of the audience your writing is targeted towards. You'd never catch a zoologist using a children's picture book to learn about zebras!
Have an engaging opening sentence. This is your big chance at getting the reader interested after the title, and possibly a description! Use it well.
Shorter can be better. Shorter paragraphs, shorter sentences. A sentence doesn't have to be a run-on sentence to be considered too long. If your writing becomes too long you may loose the interest of some of your readers. Think short and sweet, but keep in mind short sentences make time fly by. Having longer sentences will slow tim
Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out CharactersDecember 14th, 2011.Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out Characters4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Fleshing Out Your Characters.
Some people are good at writing people. They have no difficulties conceiving of them and don't balk at doing the legwork involved in writing interesting, well-developed characters. They know what is believable and what isn't, and have some idea of how readers may react to their cast.
Other people seem to have no idea what makes people tick, what makes characters interesting, and hope that piling on enough abilities or cool traits is a workable substitute for character development.
As you might have expected, this ramble is dedicated to not being the latter. Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with the most notorious and noticeable part of your story...the cast.
1. Writing well takes a lot of work. Characters are no exception to this.
Being lazy is the death of decent characterization. In order to write interesting and well-rounded characters, you must be prepared to develop them actively and do any research necessar
Longer Fragments1. The air is gray today. Brisk winds tear the remaining dots of color left on skeletal trees and if the wind had a personality, I suspect it would be one full of malice.Longer Fragments4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
At least the promise of sleep remains.
2. The waves rolled in and out, carrying the glass bottle out of his sight. He sat down on the sand, digging in his bare toes and wondering who would find his letter.
Unfortunately, the tide was not with him and he found the bottle on the other side of the island some weeks later.
3. Eddie was third in line when the power went out at Starbucks.
He was quite upset at this for this meant he would be third in line for quite some time, and he had already decided that he wanted a Grande vanilla mocha with extra cream and a flaky pastry to complete his morning breakfast rush. But power was leaking from everywhere in this part of town judging by the malfunctioning traffic lights, so at least he had a decent excuse for being late. With any luck, the punchclock in his building would have
String LoveString Love6 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
The Piano notes, die under
the cold hands.
can be broken
and yet the heart is very strong.
Through your notes
I find the greatest inspiration.
thanks to you
the water inside my instincts flows.
Freely with happiness
as now I really understand
the uneasy words that come
from the sounds I hear when you arrive.
You don't need to speak
I just want to dream
only to let the hurt be stronger.
between your hands,
the instrument on them.
The perfect moment
as I start to realize
I have recklessly seen from far away
for a moment your expressions become more than clear
as if you were really here.
I don't want to open my mouth.
The words that will come out
they just make it worse.
I should know
that memories don't fade away.
So easy is to let go,
so easy is to fall in love
I should know
the hands once held
now cry in misery.
How are you?
Writing tutorialSo you wanna write huh? You got your pen/ keyboard ready? well slow down there because the first rule of writing is to think.Writing tutorial10 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Well screw that the first rule is to have inspiration, you need inspiration? Sit down at your tv watch your favourite tv show/movie or go read your favourite book, try and figure out why you like such and such genre and what parts you like about it. Yes it's copying but that's what writing is about, it's about taking things you like and putting them into your own plot. Ever heard of the book "A hero with a thousand faces?" there are only so many plots out there what's important is to mould it into your own creation. However this doesn't mean you write a book called Mayor of the Bracelets and set it in Higherearth -_- you need to use your imagination! and take this hint, often made up names of places and cities sound stupid, look at an atlas or handy dandy ancient name list and mould it into your own. Always always mould! You can find inspiration in even the smal
9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story7 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
(Or Ridding Your Story of Pseudo-depth)
When writing a story, one of the most important aspects to the writer will be the themes. In other words, the message you want to tell the world through your characters, plot, and struggles. However, even stories with a good message often fail on a number of levels, or else try to be deep but come off sounding ridiculous. Today, I'm going to talk about how to create genuine depth in the themes, characters, and dialogue of your story, without turning it into a sermon.
Step 1: Focus on the story and perfect it, long before you worry about the themes.
This is the single greatest failing of most stories with messages. The writer is so focused on them, that they forget the medium altogether. And as important as you think a message is, it is worthless if devoid of a concrete story. So craft your story around something tangible and solid—something that would be wonderful if there were no message whats
Things Everyone Should Know About WritingThings Everyone Should Know About Writing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Things That Everyone Should Know About Writing
Points of View
Things you need to be aware of before reading:
If you would like to quickly jump to a topic, press F3 on your keyboard and type in one of the preceding topics you wish to learn about.
I would like to point out that it IS possible for you to view this piece of writing with proper indenting. Just press the ¶ button in the top right corner then read away~
Points of View
Recently it has been brought to my attention that a good number of literary works that are lacking in basic skills and the fundamentals of writing. I believe that everyone, regardless of (a reasonable) age and skill level, should at least be aware the topics we will cover. We will discuss different points and simple ways to improve your overall writing skills.
First we will discuss the different narratives that you may choose to write in: first person, second per
PerfectionistPerfectionistPerfectionist8 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Your insecurities drive you mad
You want everything youve never had
Your mind destroys you inside
Youve got no place to hide
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
A person with defects in their personality
You do not have what you want
But people around you love what youve got
It is ok to better yourself
If you go overboard you may go insane
thinking less of yourself deep in your brain
Yet as much as you change you are still the same
Do not let your mind hurt you
Dont let it get to your head
keep on pressuring
you may end up dead
Writing Tips: Writing for Kids (7-11)Well, you guys wanted it, you got it. Speaking of that, a specific writing tips on almost any topic you want is a patreon reward.Thirteen people are already entitled to one of these, and seven more can be. I think only one person asked for one to be done. But other than that, I'm going to shoot down one of the most requested topics ever: how to write for children without talking down to them. Not to be confused with how to write children, which is an entirely different topic that requires its own article. As tempting as it is to say just don't talk down to kids, there's more to it. There are specific things you need to do to appeal to kids. After all, kids probably won't be interested in a movie like Waking Life or a book like War and Peace, despite their merits. Also keep in mind that adults do enjoy things like Gravity Falls or Harry Potter. A good children's story appeals to people of all ages, but it doesn't exactly work the other way. And it goes beyond something like Saving PrivaWriting Tips: Writing for Kids (7-11)4 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This