Writing Tips -1Writing TipsWriting Tips -14 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Okay, so writing. Something you are interested in? Well,
lets get to grips with just some of the basics of great writing. These tips
will transform your attitude from "How can I fill this page?" into "How can
I fill this page with good quality writing?"
Part One: Initial Idea
Why is it that finding an idea can be so hard?
Why does everyone else have the power to come up with amazing ideas, and what
are you left with? Nothing... Well, to you, that may be what it seems
like, but I'm sure if you dig deep enough, you don't really lack in
ideas, you just have a hard time bringing them to the surface. Here
are some ways to bring out that buried inspiration:
Base some ideas on real life events
Its probably the easiest way to write, you may have experienced what you are
writing about, this helps the mind describe the situation, it also makes it
sound much more realistic.
Use inspiration from other pieces of writing
RA: IntuitionRA: Intuition3 years ago in Horror More Like This
Characters: C. Snippy/Sniper & A. Gromov/Engineer
Intuition over Intention
Four dark figures with different colored goggles, one wearing a distinctive black and white jacket and another a military hat, marched along a wide street between city buildings, passing piles of rubbish, debris and broken glass.
It was another bitter cold and cloudy day in the wastelands. The sky glared a bright gray tone above the charcoal land, interrupted by single dark clouds every now and then. Countless broken skyscrapers and towers loomed out of the city below, covered in a soft mantle of clouds.
The Captain had brought his people his minions, as he liked to call them to a ruined market place to show them something he'd found.
"Behold, my minions, zee absolutely holy and original, unique, wonderful statue of eternal awesomeness!" he declared in front of his
Birthday With CthulhuIt came in the deepest stirrings of my subconscious, a kind of shudder in the recesses of my soul. In a dreamlike state I slept and walked along those dripping, greenish soap-stone monoliths as old as time, dread waking in the pit of my flesh. A voice, eons old trembled in the depths, waking the stars and galaxy dust from their slumber as the heavens shook and sunlight fell away into darkness. He was calling me.Birthday With Cthulhu3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The mad seas rolled in strange lullabies, and mourning-cloak moths flew with hollow eyes towards the moon. I was a helpless puppet at his beckoning, stumbling in a dream towards the terrible eyes, the cruel mouth, the wicked, monstrous head that spoke of strange beings that the dead wept over. Alien things from another world that the earth cloaked to herself like a terrible secret best left forgotten or abandoned to the utterings of mad men.
The ether held its breath, and supernovas swallowed themselves into black holes. The creature lifted a great, swollen hand from the oceani
Inspector Wolf The old lady was dead. I could smell it before I even got into the house. The whole place reeked of adrenaline, sweat, fear, copper and steel. He’d dropped her right in her living room. Chopped and chopped until she stopped moving. But I could tell I was getting close. This had been done in a hurry, and the killer didn’t have the time to clean up after himself like he usually did.Inspector Wolf10 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Across the room, the phone rang. The shrill sound set my teeth to grinding, but I ignored it. Instead I followed the killer’s bloody footprints into the back bedroom. He’d climbed out the window. If I hurried, I could catch up to him and end this disgusting spree he was on.
Then the answering machine kicked in. “Hi, Gramma! It’s Red. Sorry I’m running late. I kind of lost track of time. But don’t worry. I packed the picnic and I’m heading out the door right now. Love you.”
She’d been expec
Writing Tips: Never Assume It's FunnyThere's a very memorable scene in Roger Rabbit where the title character almost randomly breaks out of his handcuffs. When asked why he didn't do it sooner he says that he couldn't do it before because it wasn't funny before. Now Roger Rabbit is a great movie, but that one joke doesn't seem to have aged very well. Since 1989, cartoons have become a lot more story-driven, a lot more in depth, and generally less gag-based. Can you get away with breaking logic or continuity if a joke is funny? Yes. Can you get away with having an asshole in your show who is nothing but a sadist as long as he's funny? Yes. Should you ever, ever do it, especially if you're just getting started writing? Hell fucking no.Writing Tips: Never Assume It's Funny3 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Let's start with the very, very obvious: if the joke you assumed was funny broke continuity, placed a character out of character, or could destroy the story wasn't funny... then things fall apart. It sounds like common sense, but I can see why some people need to assume that things are funny.
DragonsThe dragons just kept getting cuter.Dragons3 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
I'd meant them to be scary, with snakelike heads and pearly fangs, but as my fingers gained more practice the dragons they shaped became younger and more innocent, their wings tiny and their eyes wide. Dull spikes lined their heads and tails, not yet sharpened by age. They lay on their bellies or sat up and watched with good-natured curiosity. They were friendly. They were sweet.
They were flawed, and there were a lot of them. I experimented with color and pose, sculpting the way others would turn a stress ball. Every morning I baked the newcomers in my oven, and within a week my desk was overrun. Rows of dragons pressed against my laptop from all sides. Some I enjoyed looking at. Others were a reminder of some mistake I'd made. Putting the horns on before the eyes. Making the legs too thin so it tilted drunkenly while baking. Not realizing that some clay changes color as it solidifies.
What to do with them all? I couldn't keep them even if I'd want
ClaustrophobiaClaustrophobiaClaustrophobia2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Little Wally Wentworth was a fairly normal happy little boy. He collected monster cards, he played with action figures, he had a dog and a backyard, and a loving family. Well, almost loving family. His big sister, Amanda, was a nightmare made flesh, and there was oh so very much flesh. Even at the young age of 15 she was easily three times his weight, her stumpy bulbous legs creaked the floors wherever she walked, her fashionable 'hawt ass' pants stretched to the limit and her designer cardigans could have been used to swaddle baby elephants. And she knew that tiny, timid little Wally was terrified of her and relished every second of making his peaceful life misery.
Only yesterday she had declared him offensive for bringing a action figure in the car with the family on the way to the park, and when they had gotten home she chased him down, put him in the dark, cramped closet... and sat on his head with her enormous backside. Wally had screamed and suffocated, like he did
SHARK ARMY ANTHEMALL HAI--L THE MOTHER-FUCKING SHA--RKS!SHARK ARMY ANTHEM7 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
ON THE ASS OF THE JE--TS THEY LEAVE THIER MA--RK!
WE CRUSH AND KILL AND MAIME THE--M,
AND MAKE THE JETS SUCK OUR GE--MS,
WE SPIT IN THIER MOUTHS AND THEY SWALLOW OUR PHLE--GM!
ALL HAIL THE MOTHER-FUCKING SHA--RKS!
ON A MISSION FOR JET BLOOD, WE EMBA--RK!
SOON THEY WILL EXPERIENCE
TOTAL AND COMPLETE SILENCE
WE WILL GIVE THEM AIDS AND BLOODY STOOL!
WE WILL PUT THEM IN COMA BEDS AND WA--TCH THE--M DROO--L!
SOON OUR JET ENEMIES WILL REMA--RK
"ALL HAI--L THE MOTHER-FUCKING SHA--RKS!"
VICTORY WILL BE OUR--S!
NOM NOM NOM,
MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH,
NOM NOM NOM,
FUCK FUCK FUCK,
RAR RAR RAR,
KILL THE JETS!
KILL THE JETS!
KILL THE JE---TS!
New school new life PDC fanfic chapter 3 Felix hopped onto the school bus, passing the driver and greeting him, then sat down in the first seat on his right behind him. He sighed and slipped out his iPod and green and grey headphones from his bag and slipped them on. He turned on his favorite song and nodded his head to the beat. He opened one eye and saw Ryan also board the bus and take a seat alone halfway down the aisle. Felix slipped his headphones onto his neck and called to him.New school new life PDC fanfic chapter 32 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Hey Ryan! Want to sit over here?" he asked.
Ryan showed no sign he had heard and instead turned to look out the window. Felix decided to move over to him. He liked Ryan: he wanted him to be his friend. He grabbed his bag and sat in the seat in front of the one Ryan was sitting at. He could see Ryan was purposely trying not to look at him. "Ryan? Hey, are you okay?" he reached out a hand to tap the silent boy when he turned his head quickly to him. Felix gasped.
Ryan's cheeks were covered in tears falling slowly
New school new life PDC fanfic chapter 1 "Hello there, ma'am. I'm new. My name's Felix." The voice of a young boy sounded from over the desk. An older woman looked up from her attendance sheet folders to see a young boy standing on the other side. He looked nervous, his smile forced and he was shaking slightly. His hair was neatly combed and he had a backpack on, his hands holding on firmly to the straps. The woman behind the desk smiled and said "Hello there, Felix. Nice to meet you. Can I have your last name, please?" She got up from her chair and pulled a clipboard out of a filing cabinet nearby.New school new life PDC fanfic chapter 12 years ago in Settings More Like This
Felix was silent for a moment when he realized he needed to answer and she was staring at him. "Oh! Um, my last..name? Yes, it's Kjellberg. K-j-e-l-l-b-e-r-g." he spelled it out for her and she nodded. At that point the assistant Principal walked in to the office.
"Hi, are you Felix? How are you doing? I'm Mr. Stensen, but everyone calls me Mr. S. How was your winter break?" he asked with a smile. Felix just shrugged and
Vacation CH.10Vacation CH.103 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Pewdipie here on the sidelines of the most epic futbol match ever!" Felix called into the small portable camera he brought. Chairle was beside him as they commentated on our match. Jennifer and Martin were quite the duo, and the score was 3-1.
"This is truly a great spectacle. Jennifer and Martin seem to be unstoppable!" Chairle called, making me and Gris look at him strangely.
"Whose side are you on?!" I yelled to Chairle, who looked a bit embarrassed.
"Not yours!" He called back. I rolled my eyes and dribbled down the field.
"There goes Stephano down the field. He is running with a vengeance. Side note; look at dat ass," Felix called as I ran. I almost stopped at his last comment, and the falter was enough to give Jennifer an opening to snatch the ball away. I growled and sprinted and slide kicked the ball from her. The ball sailed through the air, right to the sidelines. Felix ducked, but Chairle wasn't fast enough, and caught the ball to the face.
"Sorry Chairle!" I called, feelin
Sly(Eddie) x Seamus:Chapter 6Seamus and Sly's Adventures: Chapter 6Sly(Eddie) x Seamus:Chapter 63 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
ATTENTION!- JUST A HEADS UP, THIS IS A FAN FIC OF "GUY ON GUY" IF YOU ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH THEN YOU CAN JUST GTFO IT MAY GET GRAPHIC SO ONLY THE MATURE PLEASE READ thank you.
(back to Seamus Pov)
I sat at the kitchen table and my head hung down I regretted telling Dan about what happened and James knowing made it worse. We sat in silence until Dan said.
"So you over heard?" Dan said to James
"Yea, how could you try to do that Max!" James yelled to Max.
"Do what?" Everyone looked to only see Sly at the doorway. I started to breakdown in tears not wanting Sly to know what was going on. He stood there with a confused look on his face as to why I was crying.
"Well... Seamus and Max had an incident." Dan said as he tried to break the news to Sly.
"What do you mean?" He said as he made himself a glass of water. Max got up and left the room as Dan struggled to get the next few words out.
"Max tried to rape Seamus." I closed my eyes as Dan said it. All I
When My Life Changed (Jeff x BEN) Ch. 9When My Life Changed Ch. 9: In Photo Memory.When My Life Changed (Jeff x BEN) Ch. 92 years ago in Drama More Like This
Rain walked out of the hospital. Taking the killers hoody out of BEN's arms, she wrapped it around him to keep him warm in the cold winter night. As she walked home, she looked down at BEN, who had been sleeping peacefully, despite having the snow fall on his face, he was tired enough to sleep through it.
She sighed. ".......please don't be upset.......when you awaken....." She said in a quiet voice, trying her best not to wake him up.
When she finally got to the house, she walked in and set BEN on the couch still wrapped up in Jeff's hoody. "Sleep well..." She said, curling up like a dog on the other side of the couch, and fell asleep.
When she awoke the next morning, BEN wasn't there. Only Jeff's hoody was left laid open on the couch. Worried, she ran up the stairs and stopped at the door to Jeff and BEN's room. The door was wide open. Looking slightly around the e
I'll Wait For You (Masky x Hoodie) Ch. Last"Are you sure you can't postpone this mission? I still say it's too early for you to be going off on your own." Hoodie was sitting on Masky's bed, helping him get ready for a solo mission.I'll Wait For You (Masky x Hoodie) Ch. Last2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Stop worrying." Masky laughed. "I'm going to be fine." It had been about a week and a half since their encounter with Jay.
"But you'll be in the woods again! What if Jay shows up? The little creep will go after you!"
"I've got everything planned out. If Jay shows up, I'll take care of it." Hoodie smiled. "Toss me my black hoodie, will ya?"
"Sure." Hoodie walked over to their shared closet and looked through it. He pulled out Masky's old black hoodie, something he hadn't seen him wearing in years, and tossed it to him. "How long will you be gone?"
"As long as it takes to complete the mission." Masky slipped on the hoodie. The mission he was going on needed for him to be able to hide. If one of Tim's friends wandered by, they would recognize his tan jacket right away. "Alright. I should get going."
Khaos and Michief Chapter 6 LokixReader Tony Stark was a show off. It was something that everyone knew and they always expected him to do something…a little bit out there. You however were not expecting it. So when you showed up to a party hosted by Jennifer Lopez (whoever that was) in a limo with Tony and opened to find camera’s everywhere and rock music from a band called ACDC as Tony had informed you, you were rather embarrassed. You put a hand in front of her face and tried to shield your eyes from all the annoying flashes coming from different directions.Khaos and Michief Chapter 6 LokixReader2 years ago in Romance More Like This
“Come on, just smile and wave girl,” Tony smirked while smiling into the sea of photographers.
“Mr. Stark! Where’s your girlfriend Pepper? Did you dump her?” A noisy photographer asked. You were aware of Tony and his relationship with Pepper due to a little snooping around.
“Miss Potts is currently in Paris,” You replied for Tony with a hiss. “She shall be coming back shortly.”
“What are you
Halloween Special - Trick and Treat, Jeamus James' POVHalloween Special - Trick and Treat, Jeamus3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I should have known something was wrong with Seamus when I saw him one day, staring at me as if I were some sort of prize. His eyes seemed harder than usual, the cold blue, pale with a hint of orange on the outside of the iris, giving him a demonic look. And his smile, it wasn't his carefree smile, it wasn't even his sarcastic smile, it was more sinister, as if the smile itself was warning me to stay away.
But of course, I ignored it, writing it off as him just trying to freak me out because Halloween was just around the corner.
Looking back, I really should have listened to my conscience. I'm pretty sure that if I did, I wouldn't be in the situation I was right now.
When I came to, I was in the middle of a forest. I had no idea how I got there, the last I remember was going to sleep in my bed at the creature house. The only conclusion I came to was that I was dreaming. Oh, how I was wrong.
The forest itself was almost fantasy
Terraria Players. Rule Book 1.Terraria Players. Rule Book 1.2 years ago in Humor More Like This
1. Dynamite shall be called by its name, not "American fishing rod"
2. Also you're not allowed to use it ever again.
3. Hannah hates worms and will start yelling when one is close. Get used to it.
4. Summoning boss monsters is not an appropriate response to being bored.
5. Use of heavy machineguns in PVP when Hannah only has a laser pistol is not sportsmanlike or fair.
6. "This" is not a good response to "What are you doing?"
7. Especially when the "This" in question is unleashing a boss.
8. No it was not funny.
9. Gangnam style is not an appropriate boss theme song.
10. You are to warn Hannah before covering all the roofs in lava.
11. For that matter you will warn Hannah before doing anything at all with lava.
12. Any security system that is as likely to kill us as the mobs is vetoed.
13. So are security systems that stand a good chance of destroying the world.
14. You are not allowed to so much as equip dynamite within one hundred feet of the house.
15. No, I don't care if you'll "be
Terraria Players. Rule Book 2.Terraria Players. Rule Book 2.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
31. When fighting in the dark, lighting a torch is just asking for Hannah to be standing right in front of you.
32. Go and get some clean trousers.
33. Yes, the new update is awesome. Yes, there is the unfortunately named weapon "Golden Shower." Please try to be an adult about this.
34. Hannah hates Ghirahim with a passion.
35. Making characters based on Ghirahim is, in accordance with #34, not allowed.
36. Giving said characters flamethrowers and rainbow launchers is crossing yet another line.
37. You are to assume anything involving the words "bees" "security" and "our base" in the same sentence is forbidden.
38. The door slammed in your face is the result of ignoring the rules.
39. You are to stop intentionally killing the party girl. She's on our side.
40. Arguments about how annoying she is are disregarded. No killing the party girl.
41. I SAID NO KILLING THE PARTY GIRL.
42. Bubble wands are here. Deal with it.
43. Destroying the world as a result of Hannah owning a bubble wand is