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 writing3 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,
Interactive #1: Both Sides of the EquationInteractive #1: Both Sides of the Equation3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Here we go. Welcome to a new idea of mine called an "interactive." Recently, I've been spending a lot of time learning about literature. I've learned a bunch of new things, but I found that I was learning the most when I had other people to talk with and exchange ideas. Now I already spend a lot of time talking with my lovely commenters, but my tutorials are focused on advice, what to do and what not to do. I wanted to know: How could I integrate discussion into a writing aid?
As I stroked my magnificent, imaginary beard, an idea occurred to me. What if I wrote a writing aid whose main purpose was to have big, group discussion with one another rather than just read what I have to say? That's what this is. What I'm going to do is bring up a topic and a general exercise or question for writers to think about. At the end, I'm going to get specific and have mini-assi
Let The Light In: Art Features:icongood-intention:Let The Light In: Art Features3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
'Let The Light In (LTLI) is a new tutorial series from the group Good-Intention that will focus on the hows and whys of committing good deeds around the deviantART community.
The first edition of this series will focus on how to create an art feature in order to help fellow friends and artists gain some exposure for their work, regardless of the media. This is a fantastic way to brighten someone's day, and promote some positivity.
What Is An Art Feature?
An Art Feature is a journal (blog / article) that showcases deviations from one, or multiple artists. You may peruse the Art Feature Folder for some examples. Users choose to create art features for a number of reasons, from showcasing artwork they admire, to helping under-appreciated artists gain more views, to promoting art from their friends or watchers. No matter what the motivation, art features are a great way t
Everyone's Guide to FanfictionAs someone who's in too many fandoms to count, I've had a lot of dealings with fanfiction over the years; and as someone who loves to read and write it (and have been doing so since grade 1/year 2, when I wrote myself into the Kim Possible world... because, ya know, my name's Kimberly) I feel qualified to help others in their quest to write fluff, adventure, and all sorts of other things in pre-built worlds and with well-loved characters.Everyone's Guide to Fanfiction9 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Contrary to the belief of some, writing fanfiction is a perfectly acceptable form of writing—no, you might never be able to publish it, but it is good practice all the same. Think of it like a warmup jog. You'll never make it to the Olympics as an expert slow jogger, but by jogging you're building muscles and endurance so that you end up getting better and faster at running and sprinting. You'll never find an Olympic runner who doesn't warm up with little jogs and sprints. So don't feel ashamed that you write fanfiction! After copious amo
A Sta.sh TutorialSta.sh can be quite daunting indeed.A Sta.sh Tutorial3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I am writing this tutorial in st.ash..
Titles + Headers
You want to create some
Well, you have options.
First, you're going to look at your tool bar that is near the top of your screen. Do you see it? Good.
Note: The red circled things are important.
Then you are going to click the tT Button there. It will hover this menu:
So that's nice. But you want want emphasis sometimes? Like: This kind of emphasis.
Since you're so busy shouting at people, you
How to write a book - a wannabe guideProlog The IntroductionHow to write a book - a wannabe guide3 years ago in Writing More Like This
For all out there who stumbled about this Tutorial without knowing me, let me introduce myself quickly. I am 27 years old and in the process of writing a book. The process of doing so led me to several stages of planning. Questions about how I should write, which rules I should follow and which things should be avoided at all costs. I'm not a perfect writer, I never officially published anything (posting FanFictions on the Internet is no official publishing for me). So all I can and want to share, are my experiences so far. Keep this in mind, since this is far away to be an official guide on how to write your book! I only want to help out those who might be in a similar situation as I am right now.
Also, I'm from Germany. English isn't my natural language, so please excuse mistakes or errors I might do. (And before you ask: Of course I write my book in german )
In this Guide, or Tutorial, or Assistance, however you want to call it,
Fan Fiction Basics: Canon, Fanon and HeadcanonFan Fiction Basics: Canon, Fanon and Headcanon8 months ago in Writing More Like This
Fan authors have a completely different set of problems from original fiction authors. Unique vocabulary is something every fan author has to tackle. While all of the standard things (plot, characters, etc.) still apply, there is one set of terms that original authors never have to deal with: canon, fanon and headcanon.
I'll explain the differences between these three things. However, please be aware that not everyone agrees on the definitions. The definitions that I am handing you are those that apply in the strictest sense. They may be slightly different depending on your fandom. Ready? Here we go.
Canon is facts, information and events presented in the source material your story is based on.
Generally speaking, canon is information which is shown or explicitly told to the reading or viewing audience. This can include details such as character ages, events that have happened and even the way
The Chronology of StorytellingImagine you're reading to a live audience. It can be as big or small as you'd like. It can be your writing or someone else's. It doesn't matter. Indulge yourself in the fantasy. So you're reading to a live audience. They're enraptured. They're engrossed. They're generating a movie in their heads as you weave your tale. Imagine how important every word you produce is to these movies. Every detail you provide adds another layer. They smell the flowers. They feel the roughness of the brick. They see the vivid colors of the clothes.The Chronology of Storytelling3 years ago in Writing More Like This
And then you require they perform time travel to make the movies accurate.
The chronology, or order of events, in a story is something I've been focusing on a lot in my writing lately. I'm not just talking about the overall chronology. There's obviously a beginning, middle, and end to a story. You progress from one event to the next. Things happen in chronological order. That's how, y'know, stories make sense. That's also