10 Quick Tips: ProseFor the short of time, patience or remaining-eyesight: here is a quick, ten-point tutorial for better prose.10 Quick Tips: Prose4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The points are drawn from books, articles, casually-offered-advice and my own experience. Much like the Ten Commandments, they aren't all concrete rules. Just things to strongly keep in mind.
1. Vary sentence structure.
-> In particular, avoid starting every line with "I..." or "He..."
-> Try to vary your sentence length too.
2. Don't repeat words within a sentence.
-> Or too many times in sentences that follow each other.
-> Avoid repeated use of character names by using he/she where possible.
3. Avoid adverbs.
-> They clutter sentences and there's usually a better way.
-> Ask yourself, "Does this add any new information?"
4. Swap "which" for "that" where possible.
-> This is black magic. It just sounds better.
-> Also avoid "however".
5. Make pairs of adjectives different.
Point of ViewPoint of View6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Point of View AKA Narrative Mode
Quite basically, who's telling the story? Not necessarily which character, since that doesn't always really play much of a factor, but rather who the chronicler is. As a general rule, you want the point of view to remain the same throughout, although, we'll talk a bit more on that later, and why people tend to hate it.
This is Running with Scissors or How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (the books; not the later live-action adaptations). The whole of the story is told in the words of the main character. By definition, first person point of view is limited, meaning that the narrator can only tell us what s/he has personally witnessed. And for obvious reasons.
° "It was one of those jobs that just got way too big way too fast. Before we knew it, the feds got called in for something completely unrelated. Course, we didn't know that, so we panicked."
The narrator tells us what they know, what they remember,
Rules for Naruto OC CreationRules for Naruto Original Character CreationRules for Naruto OC Creation8 years ago in Writing More Like This
The following is a set of general rules and guidelines that will help you in the creation of original characters for the Naruto Universe. These are intended to prevent or reduce the instance of "Mary Sue" characters in the fandom by providing helpful tips at avoiding the common habits that give rise to them.
1. Know your canon.
If you are unfamiliar or just aren't certain about some of the series information (such as jutsu names, families, history, etc), look it up. Resist the urge to go running headfirst into creating a character without actually knowing what's going on. Do some research first. This prevents you from looking like an idiot when someone points out that your character is doing something that should be impossible in the Naruto Universe. Claiming ignorance is no excuse, when answers to your questions are no more than a five-second google search away.
10Q Writers' Tutorial: SettingTen Easy Questions to Fix Your Fantasy Setting10Q Writers' Tutorial: Setting5 years ago in Writing More Like This
(may also work for sci-fi)
A fantasy story has to take place somewhere. And what better surroundings for your epic/tragic/blood-thirsty tale of war/love/orc-beauty-pageants than your mystical land of Neverheardofit?
Imagine it! The ragged mountains clad in purple fog. The bubbling streams sparkling with fairy magic. The sleepy-eyed dragons emerging from their noble lairs, their flickering tongues tasting the sweetness of battle in the air.
(Or just some spaceships and laser guns. This is a sci-fi tutorial too.)
You can certainly feel the magic (or techno-awesome) but, for some reason, your readers just aren't getting it. They keep asking awkward questions or, worse than that, not reading further than the first chapter.
You could give up in despair: A tragic artist, never to be understood.
Or you could try this simple little Ten Question Tutorial. It can't hurt,
How To Write A Good FanfictionFanfiction is a popular media that has expanded and grown from when it started. As a fanfiction writer myself, I love to read other people's fanfics and write my own. However, it's easy to get lost within writing a fanfic, because of loss of inspiration, doubt about your story, and many other reasons. If you plan on improving on your current skills/starting your first fanfic, consider these tips I recommend to anyone who is interested in writing fanfiction.How To Write A Good Fanfiction1 year ago in Writing More Like This
1.) Make sure you know what you want to write.
This is key to writing a good fanfic. If you know what you're going to write about, then you have a good basic idea that you can work off of. What I recommend is picking one of your favorite fandoms and coming up with a concept that you and yourself are happy with.
DON'T: Constantly switch between ideas.
This is a mistake I've made in the past. If you switch on and off with your ideas over and over again, you'll get lost in your own ideas, and you'll lose motivation on wri