Quick Guide: Story OrganizingA Quick Guide to Organizing Your Fantasy/Sci-Fi NovelQuick Guide: Story Organizing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I'm going to try and briefly cover World Building specifically for Fantasy and Science Fiction (though it will apply in general to any setting), both major and minor Characters, and some basics of Timeline here. I am not going to walk you step by step through how to write your own story, but you should (hopefully) get some useful tips out of this.
I never used to organize my novels before I started writing. I have so many stories in my head, I would just pick one and start writing. I didn't have trouble keeping to the same details of a given character because I knew them so well. But after taking such a long break from writing Missing Puzzle Pieces, I really needed to do some serious work. I don't remember all the details I had in my head back when I started... in fact, I've completely forgotten the original ending. For those of you who don't know my story, which starts
Editing your writingSo, there are a lot of tutorials for writing; tutorials for character's names, personalities, storylines, and everything else under the sun. Don't get me wrong, some of those tutorials are pure gold. But, and keep in mind I'm no avid tutorial-reader and I haven't read all of them, I have yet to find one about editing. And it's about as important as the actual writing, because what's the writing if you can't read it? So, here I am, making one. If you've already read this far into the introduction, do me and you a favour, and read the rest of it, you might find some of it useful and I won't just be talking in a void. Please?Editing your writing2 years ago in Settings More Like This
View of an Editor
So! You have your piece you're going to edit, haven't you? What's the first step, before you start editing? You have to get in the right frame of mind. Repeat after me! My writing is not perfect. Yeah, that's right. It's not. It won't be even after editing it. Writing can be wonderful, amazing, beautiful, emotional, and brilliant, yes,
Commonn Fanfiction Mistakes - FormattingCommonn Fanfiction Mistakes - Formatting1 month ago in General Fiction More Like This
Before we can even begin to talk about other areas inside of writing, we need to talk formatting. I'm very nitpick-y on this, and I know for a fact that it's a huge turn off for other people as well. A story with odd formatting makes it hard to read, and the reader's experience with the story is already subconsciously turning negative. You could have a great story, but with too many "cutesy" things you throw in, it becomes distracting and results in your reader hitting the back button.
Examples of bad formatting:
"**~~Flash Back to the Day Before brought to you by Sawney and Bean~~**"
"I was wearing a Gothic dress to school to show up all the preps! (it looked like this: insert image link here )"
"She was so ready to drop out of middle school (A/N: UUUUUUUGHHHHHH ME TOO!!! I'm so done!)"
"Zomg! Don't even talk to me after you cheated on me Nile! > : ("
"And look here I'm j
Star Dust.When Pop died, he'd already put his last affairs in order. The money was divided up equally among his six children, (most of) the jewellery was donated at his request and the house was to be sold to repay his final debts. We each got something by the end of it.Star Dust.3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"To Anjulie, I leave one of my most prized possessions." Though Tante Doralee read the will, I heard it in Pop's crinkled voice, smelling the words as the smoke of his cigars. "The bullet they pulled from my chest; I added the chain so I could carry it with me as a reminder of the horrors I've survived. Take it with you to the furthest reaches you travel, as I know you're headed for the stars."
He didn't know I literally was, and at the time, neither did I. Doralee dropped the piece into my open hand, adding under her breath, "If you ever lose this, no one will forgive you."
I wore it through my training in the Air Force, and I kept it around my neck when I test-f
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
Writing Paranormal CharactersAs a writer of prose, you may at some point to want to write about a character or characters which are paranormal. We could perhaps debate over the exact definition of the word paranormal, and some may prefer supernatural - a word more closely associated with magic, whereas paranormal tends to be taken to mean something outside the realms of science (though of course, it is not as clear-cut as that, and you may like to think that I am wrong in saying this).Writing Paranormal Characters6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
For the purposes of this guide, both paranormal and supernatural refer to conscious beings, not found in the animal kingdom, that differ in some way to what I controversially call normal humans (some paranormal beings may be human, in part or in whole). To give some well-known examples: ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves and mermaids all fall into this category. The details, of course, are up to the writer. If you t
Goodbye, CarosoUnmarred by clouds, the perfect blue sky mocked the parched brown desert. The wastelands had been denied precipitation for too long. The drought pushed away people and animals and turned the sparse vegetation the color of dirt to match the rest of the scenery. Wanderers escaped to cooler areas between rock outcrops, but just when the desert seemed devoid of human life, peddlers looking to make money would arrive from across the canyon with food, water and supplies. People appeared from all edges of the desert and swarmed the makeshift trading stands like hungry locusts.Goodbye, Caroso3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Thalia didn't like the company. She preferred days spent in fellowship with only the wind. Not that she was at heart a loner, but there wasn't much chance of inclusion into one of the many tribes when they had formed their alliances long before Thalia set foot in the desert. The only time she felt welcome was when she had something to offer: perhaps hunting for a starving family, or trading and fixing gadgets and other
Portal: Still Alive (Part One of Two)Portal: Still AlivePortal: Still Alive (Part One of Two)2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: GLaDOS, Chell
Setting: Post-Portal 2
Orange and Blue hadn’t come back.
They had been taking more and more time to do so, lately, but she could hardly blame them. They were getting old, after all. She had never expected them to last forever. The only reason she was still using them was that building more of them would have been stupid. Robots testing was not Science. Still, she had to make do with what she had. Other than the occasional human who wandered into Aperture, whom of which she would gleefully put through testing until their… usefulness… came to an end, she had no test subjects. No, robot testing was not Science, but she had earned commendation for trying. Even if the commendation was a personal commendation, from her to herself. Come to think of it, the only one who ever commended her was herself. Which was odd. Surel
Common Fanfiction Mistakes - CharacterizationCommon Fanfiction Mistakes - Characterization3 weeks ago in General Fiction More Like This
This is going to be a rather long chapter I fear, but it needs to be said. I'm going to section this off into two sections- canon characters, and OCs/Readers. I will first start with canon characters since this will be a bit easier to explain, and most of what I cover can be applied to OCs as well.
For canon characters, please, PLEASE take a look at their Wikia page if there is one. Chances are, unless you write frequently for this character, you've probably forgotten a thing or two about them; or you learn something new. Remember, the number one rule when writing canon characters is to STRICTLY STICK TO WHAT IS CANON. Do not stray from what has already been established about the characters and their world. Do not write them differently than how the original author would have written them. People have an especially bad tendency to do this when shipping a character with someone. Your story should conform to the canon world, the canon would should not con
Common Fanfiction Mistakes - Focus and OutliningCommon Fanfiction Mistakes - Focus and Outlining1 month ago in General Fiction More Like This
Focus is so important, because before you start writing, you need to establish what you know what you're writing about. Never start writing until you know exactly what you're going to be writing about. Each piece you write, you should have some goal or theme in mind. What do you want the reader to feel? How do you want them to think differently after reading this piece? What images do you want to imprint into their minds? This is an essential question you should ask yourself before you write a single word.
This is where a lot of people actually struggle in their stories. It's harder to keep focus with a chapter story rather than a one-shot as well due to length and varying action. We've all ready those god awful dramatic stories where someone's always being killed off in one chapter, then someone's cheating on someone else in another chapter, and then after that someone runs away to live with their life long best friend that they've been
The Squirrel's Flower Tut07:04:22 PM Grrreat, kiddies, are your UF open? Then we are going to start with the default mandelbrot and its corresponding Julias. Almost all of my fractals starts with the switch mode. Pretty basic, but oh, so many lovely possibilities.The Squirrel's Flower Tut4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
07:06:40 PM I prefer to have a black/white gradient for the outside colouring and the inside colouring set to none in transfer function. If you've the default colouring, remove all the nodes in the gradient except from two of them and set them in black and white. It helps you to see the finer shapes in your fractal and the colours won't disturb you.
07:10:13 PM If you have your default mandy ready, then you can use the switch button.
07:16:40 PM Switch button is f7 and click on the mandy and there you'll find the julia
07:18:16 PM Kiddies, find your julia, after that we'll frolic in flowers!!!You find your Outside colour algorithm menu, choose Plug-in colour gradient, go into Colouring algorithm menu, choose Orbit Traps. Th
Mike's Guide to Making LanguagesPhonemesMike's Guide to Making Languages3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Phonemes are the most basic units of language, the individual sounds that make up words. Each letter in the alphabet represents an array of phonemes, and depending on your dialect, you may utilize anywhere from 30 to 50 in everyday speech. If you're designing a language for an alien, then chances are they'll have a different mouth structure than humans. Hence, their phonemes won't be exactly the same as ours, but there will be similarities, so it's still important to understand how our phonemes work so you can infer how your alien's phonemes will work.
Firstly, you can divide phonemes into two clades, consonants and vowels. Consonants are usually defined by three parameters: voice (whether the vocal chords vibrate during articulation), point of articulation (where the tongue is articulating), and manner of articulation (how is it articulating). For example, the phoneme [t] is a voiceless alveolar plosive, meaning the vocal chords aren't vibrating, the tongue is pressed against
Exit.My mother never knew;Exit.10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
never knew about how
I’d spend those first nights,
in strangers' hands that held
Never knew about how
bad habits are heirlooms
too, and that the paintings
from her room couldn’t cover
My mother didn’t know
that nothing would start
anew, and that yeah,
there’d be good art,
but she could never see
My mother never knew that
this story doesn’t end; that
"Exit stage right and follow
the Light" isn’t a conclusion,
The 1-Question Mary Sue TestThe ULTIMATE one-question Mary Sue TestThe 1-Question Mary Sue Test3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
All right, well, here we goA one-question Mary Sue Test. No 100 questions, 1,000 interpretations, very little math. Pretty cool, neh? Well, if you're taking a Mary Sue Test, there's only one question to be asked.
Here it is, the only question you need when wanting to figure out if you're writing a Mary Sue, and how to fix it (probably):
1. Why are you taking something called the Mary Sue Test in the first place?
Here, let me elaborate on that. Why are you here? Let's think about that. If you're just taking this for fun, you guys can either hang out or head out; this is meant in particular to those who were earnestly seeking a test to help make their character better (not that taking something in fun isn't something wrong, just giving you guys a heads up). And if you landed here by random chance, well, hey, you're as welcome as anyone else to stay and read, too.
First things first: Don't worr
How To 'Flesh Out' an OCHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The aggregate of features and traits that form the
individual nature of some person or thing.
In this tutorial I will guide you through a way to 'flesh out' an Original Character (Also known as an OC). Before we begin, let's go through the basics.
A character is quite simply one who possesses qualities that define them from someone else. Every character is original and unique. A character can not only be human, but an animal, an alien, or anything that the imagination can come up with.
However, characters are often difficult to create, because to put it bluntly, you are in a sense creating a new being. This being needs the same kinds of traits and characteristics you possess, but can't be your own. They have to be original. In this case, many young writers and artists forget how hard it is to make a character and forget the complex details that enhance a character.
Fleshing out is a term used commonly in developing characters. It means to add additional det
Play BallI wonder if Johnny remembers when we started to grow. Playtime was so important. My favorite was the ball in the field. Toss, catch or miss, back and forth, back and forth. It was how we talked. How we bonded. Didn't matter how angry or sad we were, the moment the ball was flying we were happy again.Play Ball10 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
One day Johnny told me he was going to school. I already knew that. He went to school almost every day (although some days he called it 'work'), but this school was different. He didn't bring friends home at night. Actually, he didn't come home for lots of nights at a time. Mom let me sleep with her at first, but soon said I was too big and had to stay in our room. It was lonely though, so I got in his bed when she went to sleep, and then back to mine before she woke up. I was careful, and she didn't say anything, but somehow I think she knew.
Johnny talked on the phone. Mom would play them for me when I was very sad. It made me happy to know he was happy. I understood some of the things h
LESSON 1A: COMPOSITION STUDYLESSON 1A: COMPOSITION STUDYLESSON 1A: COMPOSITION STUDY3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
A short lesson on the ins and outs of composition in the visual arts.
Composition, as defined by Wikipedia, "is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work." In short, composition refers to the arrangement of elements within a piece of art that follow a certain set of artistic rules/guidelines. These rules and guidelines are based on what the human eye finds attractive, and hundreds of years of art have proven that although a wonderful piece of art can exist without following these rules, pieces that do follow them are more likely to be visually appealing or stimulating to a wider variety of people.
The rules are based on a series of artistic principles, which I will outline below.
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
The elements of design are a series of elements that make up the vocabulary of the visual arts. They are your bread and butter, and are one thing
Characterization and NamesCharacterization and Names4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Characterization and Nomenclature:
What's in a name?
As an author, one of the most important tasks in writing a story is building a character. Every small trait that a writer leaves, builds, and hints at, draws a reader into the story and gives them an image of each character, be it protagonist, antagonist, or miscellaneous extra. However, many writers overlook one of the strongest traits that a character can have: a name. Nomenclature can be one of the most powerful assets that a writer has in their endless battle to build a lifelike character.
The uses of a name
The craft of literature is always at some level a decision-making process. While names need not always be used, there should always be a conscious decision that a writer makes about a name. When making a conscious decision, one must be able to list the benefits that the choice yields: if one names a character "Charles," they should also to some extent be able to explain why th
Mono.One morning a black pillar appeared in the center of town, within the boundaries of the park and right outside of the library. It stood at least thirteen feet tall and was as wide as a mature oak. They deduced it was made out of some kind of polished stone. Some guessed it was obsidian; others argued it was too strong to be such a fragile stone. It could have been granite, but when was the last time you saw black granite in that quantity, and in that shape?Mono.3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"We should knock it down and drag it away!" someone shouted.
But they were too afraid to touch it.
"Why not just leave it here?" another suggested.
But they wondered what would happen if they didn't do anything at all.
Whoever put it there didn't do it alone. They'd need a truck to transport the thing, and they'd need some way to get it off the flatbed and stand it up straight. But why go to all of that trouble for a pillar of rock? Or was it part of someth
Html codes and Visual Poetry A lot of great writers on dA don't know how to use html codes, which is a real shame, because these codes can really be used to bring out a writer's words. This tutorial will go through several basic codes, good places to use them in your writing, along with spacing and other aspects of visual poetry & writing.Html codes and Visual Poetry4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
If you haven't noticed, when you open an "Add text" devation, there's a list of HTML codes at the bottom. Most of them look like this . A lot of these match up with the names used for them in Microsoft Word documents, so they should be easy to use. So, let's start off with the basics!
1. Italics <i>
</i>is simply, italics. Got it? Put the i inside the s. See, it's easy! To end any Html code, one puts a slash before the letter i, </i>. Now, for the Visual impact of italics.
Emphasis and Motion
Which means that a good place to use i
Insanity Engine intro4.5 billion years was a long time, even for a machine. It had taken many thousands of years just to get this far, to this barren ball of volatile rock so far from its home planet. Of course, it hadn't been awake during that time. No, it had been asleep, waiting. As it had drifted through the blackest space between stars, its course set by clever hands many light years back.Insanity Engine intro2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Compared to light, it had travelled slowly, languidly. Its first stop had been a rift in space and time, an area where the fabric of reality had bent and weaved in such a way as to connect two points in space even though they existed at insane distances apart. Its second stop had been a large triple star system, that had conveniently drawn it into orbit then proceeded to slingshot it further away from its origin point at increased speed.
It had run into a comet, along the way. A great, cold ball of ice and rock streaming through the void like a bright, cancerous star trailing bits of interstellar matter in its wake.