Beginners Guide to Starting GroupsI often see groups fail before they have a chance to get seen, even if that group had a good idea. This is frequently because the founder (and possibly other admin) doesn’t know how to set up a group and get it noticed. I've put together this guide to help admins with this task. It may seem difficult, but from my own experience I found that this is one of the best parts of being an admin. There's always something to do and it can keep you entertained. Please note that this guide is subject to change if suggestions are made or DeviantART comes out with a new feature.Beginners Guide to Starting Groups2 years ago in Groups tutorials More Like This
First off, if you want your group to get noticed you have to put some time and effort into it, especially in the beginning. If you only feel like spending ten minutes a day on doing things for your group, then it's best
not to start one at all. Whenever I start a group, I try to put in at least two hours a day. This may seem excessive, but like I said, there's always something to do.
OC Mary-Sue Test 2.1OC Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu TestOC Mary-Sue Test 2.13 years ago in Writing More Like This
This test is designed for Original Characters. Questions for Role Play Characters and Fan Characters will be added soon.
Now, this tests for both the traditional Mary Sue/Gary Stu, and for 'gloomdog' style characters, which I suppose is a sub-category of the Mary Sue, but is often over-looked in this kind of test.
Further down this test, there is a list of traits and characteristics, each one stating how many points that particular trait is worth. Simply read through the list, and give your character the appropriate number of points for each of the listed traits/characteristics displayed by your character.
When you reach the end of the list, add up all of your character's points and refer to the results at the very bottom of the test to see (approximately) where your character is on the Sue Scale.
Now, while you're taking this test please also take into account
The NonVerbal ThesaurusThe NonVerbal Thesaurus4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Not spoken > Body Language.
Latin thesaurus, treasury, from Greek thesauros.
n. pl. thesauri (-sôri) or thesauruses
1. A book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms.
2. A book of selected words or concepts, such as a specialized vocabulary of a particular field.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009.
Dialogue is VISUAL
-- Not just a bunch of words.
Watch the average conversation between two people. 90% of that conversation isn't in what's Spoken, it's in what they are DOING while they are speaking. It's in their Body Language. Body-language cues in your story alert the reader by SHOWING them what is going on in a character's head without Telling t