A Comprehensive Guide to OCsSo you say you want to write an OC, but don't know where to begin? Well, here are a few tips to help you get started, and maybe help you avoid the terrible Mary Sue Trap that so many writers fall into.A Comprehensive Guide to OCs5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. Create a profile for your OC, with their name, age, gender, height, weight, and other such defining characteristics, to help you flesh out how they will look. Once you do this, go back and take out any Mary Sue/Gary Stu adjectives, such as "Sapphire Blue Hair with Icy Pink Streaks" or "Emerald Green Eyes with Amber Sparkles". Everyone wants their character to be special, or easily recognizable, but this tends to backfire horribly when introduced into your story. Unless the universe you are working with has canon characters with strange hair/eye colors, stay away from the unique color approach. The same also applies to skin color, unless your character has some sort of disease, like albinism, that affects a person
Entombed in SandEntombed in Sand3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He found a good place to make the nest, next to a patch of bushes on top of a tall dune, providing good visibility of the surroundings. Quickly but thoroughly, he dug a small round hole on top of a little mound of sand, making sure it was the right size to accomodate himself and the eggs, while the female stood besides him. Unusually for their kind, the two form a monogamous pair; normally, one male mates with two to four females who help him take care of all the eggs on a communal nesting place. They live in a drier region though, where dunes are abundant, vegetation is sparser and bodies of water are fewer. Those who live here are a bit more slender and paler in colour, and often live in smaller groups of three or two individuals.
After making sure the nest was the right size and shape, the female begins laying the eggs. Two by two, the oval eggs are accomodated in circles inside the round nest, leaving a space in the middle for the parent to sit comfortably. They are sand-coloured a
Wake UpWake Up3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The shadows are getting longer, the light is getting dimmer. The big light is going to rest, leaving a fiery trail behind it, until the world goes dark and the millions of eyes of the sky begin watching.
Now, it is time to wake up.
The moutains of sand are still warm when they leave their refuge, under the distorted trunk of an old, decrepit tree. The ground - which can look almost as white as the big light under it's hot wrath - is now a blueish purple, and the silver circle, the one that brings the comfort of darkness, takes it's rightful place among the eyes of the sky. It is now that they are active, and when the hunting begins.
They touch each other, in an act of intimacy that is not allowed for anybody else. Making soft calls, they reaffirm their relationship as monogamous partners - in this endlessly vast landscape, there are not many others to mate with anyway. This is their first year together though, and fortunately she is already about to lay her first clutch of eggs. The ha
Asian Sky: A PoemAsian Sky: A Poem4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
but never tense
with a daze
almost of cream
the caress of you
is but a dream
Sultry, but cute
at the very same time
the bells shall surely chime
Every so often
a bountiful pair
but you timelessly have
soft, silky hair
I see that smile
I hope that you
will stay a while
As I finalize
I sincerely don't mean
to steal some words from Vai
I too wish
to be alive
in an Asian Sky
Ode to the ReapersThree things that weren’t men,Ode to the Reapers2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Lurked in the night,
Insidiously creeping forward,
And shirking the light,
They carried sickles in their hands,
And smiles upon their face,
Be killed by them and your soul,
Will be trapped within a wicked place,
Mighty men wept as they gazed,
Into those emerald eyes,
Screaming in the green fire,
Nobody could hear their cries.
----Ode to the Reapers
My Crazy Hetalian FamilyYour Papa: England (ok)My Crazy Hetalian Family3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Your Mama: Latvia (I don't know how that works, but ok)
Your Little Sibling: America (sweet!!)
Your Older Sibling: Romano (lol)
Your Best Friend: Estonia (cool)
Your Lover: Hungary (wait, what!?!)
Your Cousin: Italy (yay!)
Your Enemy: Canada (WHYYY!?)
Your Hero: Ukraine (.....ok, she's nice)
Your Future Spouse: Switzerland (ok....)
Your Stalker: Estonia (how does that work?!?)
Ok, my family is totaly wierd
Made with: http://memegen.net/viewmeme.pl?meme=1075086976
Stage FrightMy heart is pounding so hard I can't breatheStage Fright4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The audience claps loudly
I know it's my turn next
I start to feel like I'm going to faint
I start to hope I will
My hands are shaking so hard...will I be able to play?
I sit down on the bench. I still can't breathe
Everyone is staring at me
What if I mess up?
I think I'll die if I do
I want to run away
I try to beat my fear
I picture everyone in their underwear but the image is shaking worse than my hands
I want to die right now
I began to play
I miss a note and my heart misses a beat
I miss another one
What if I forget my song?
I forget what comes next
I play the same line again then my fingers remember what my blank mind doesn't
The song goes on, even though I miss another note
I finish, shaking all over
Will I be able to stand up?
I forget to bow, but my face is burning and I run down the steps to my seat
My hands shake for days afterwords, but I did it.
I try to forget I'll have to do it all again next recital at Christmas
Loving SolitudeI stare into uncertaintyLoving Solitude5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
When I look to the past
fearing that the me I am
forever will not last
I know that it is certain
I cannot deny fate
But surely I can make a choice
before it is too late?
Can't I yell I hate this?
I don't want to be this way?
Can't I scream in silence
for the end of a dark day?
Can't I beg for solitude?
a chance to be free?
slipping of the shackles
that life has cast on me?
I know it's set in stone
this path that I must tread
But must I live a life tied down
to a future that I dread?
Why can't I just say it?
Don't I get a choice ?
Why do I always try when
I only hear my voice?
I swear I want survival
but silence looks good too
Why should I look forward
when the choices are too few?
I know I have a problem
these doubts they torture me
but I swear I crave not death
just a chance to be free.
Fate's ReminderA light blew todayFate's Reminder3 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Just Fate's way of telling me
"Your time will come soon".
Character Creation TutorialCharacter Creation TutorialCharacter Creation Tutorial7 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
How to effectively develop a realistic and likable character for novels and fanfiction.
Table of Contents:
I. A Name
II. Physical Attributes
III. Style & Personality
It can be assumed that developing a plot and storyline is self explanatory. If not, you can find another tutorial for that. This tutorial will focus primarily on the thought-process of creating new characters with depth.
I. A name is the first step. Try to match the character to their name, or somehow integrate the character's name into the storyline or progression of the character's maturity and personality. For example, a character who is dark and moody would probably not be named Star unless this contradiction holds some meaning in the story. (In a comedy it would have a nice effect, but in a drama or serious story, not so much).
If you can't think of a name you can go to places like babynames.com or google for assistance
Can't you hear the voices?Can't you hear the voices?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Can't you hear the voices?
As they ring inside my head
Can't you see the faces?
Painted in the blood so red
Can't you taste the poison?
As it rests upon your tongue
Can't you hear the voices?
Then you do not belong.
Awaiting SoulAwaiting Soul3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Beneath my soul,heart, and breath my love for a spirit awaits me. True desire for a person its what keeps me going only destiny would decided.
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:The Mary Sue Litmus Test4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.
This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to
How to start doin commissionsHow to start doin commissions8 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Edit: This tutorial covers aspects related only to your Deviantart gallery and Deviantart Journal. It has nothing to do with the Deviantart's newly implemented points commission system. You can take commissions without using that points system on Deviantart as long as you have paypal.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO START
When you have enough watchers and people interested in your art.
When you have a closely-bounded community around your work/gallery
How many is enough I can't say for sure, because it depends on the community around you and your work. Some artists can live on one patron, others need to live on millions of them.
For DA, I would say typically around 20,000-40,000 pageviews, at least 40-50 watchers on your DA is best before you start considering taking commissions, (because out of that 40-50, you may have 1 person willing to pay, a safer bet is 100 people.) however, if your gallery has explosiv
Paneling tips for mangaPaneling tips for manga11 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Paneling is a part of Graphic design. O_- It's an art in itself, think of how you would do a collage and put together a puzzle, that's how paneling works.
You must understand the basic 2D design element:
movement, center of interest, value contrast, volume, size, perspective.... so on and on....
As for paneling.... there is no set way to do it, whether drawing the picture first, or draw the panel's first, or draw the panels and the pictures back and forth.... it's all upto the artist, as long as the result is satisfying to the artist. Just experiement and find the best way that suits you.
1. Panels must support your content: That's the most important thing.... if one line is going over an important character's head shot, omit that line and let the character stand out~ If one frame is more important than the other, you wish to make it a focus on the page, make that frame larger than the others, sometimes it can even overlap other panels alittle. However, being overly complicated
RhymeRhyme is a thought, away to unwindRhyme4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
the dark recesses of my problematic mind.
A way to control and plunder
that which my mind holds deeply under.
A way to exploit things hidden from all eyes
to make the coarse seen across all skies.
A mehod to abuse
that which i hardly use.
So tell me dear readers so kind
whether these words of thought are truely a crime.
Betrayl In Battle pro. and Ch1Prolog:Betrayl In Battle pro. and Ch18 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The scenery was the same, it was always the same. A never-ending winter that had befallen the land. What once used to be so full of life and warmth now laid a barren wasteland with run down cities. There was no hope for this place anymore. For nearly 30 years now everyone has given up hope, and followed suit to the governments new demands. At this point I also gave up all hope of any chance of happiness coming back here. For it seemed a pelage had struck through and left nothing alive as it passed. Will this cold and point less war ever come to an end? Come the war and events that happened to the life of a female soldier.
Amanda, Wake up! shouted a vice from what seemed to close to be ignored. I stirred on my master bed hoping to be left alone. But the shouting didnt stop. I rolled over and sat up to face my closest friend Caroline. Caroline is a teenage girl with brown hair and hazel eyes, whose best friends with a 21 year old soldier
she was awesomeI was scared to ask.she was awesome5 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
But what if she wont like me?
I want to ask you.
It was our first date.
You gave me your home phone number.
I think I'm in love.
Your mouth, filled with lies.
You ran off with an other guy.
I hate you, my love.
Crystal Wings- Capitolo 12Crystal Wings- Capitolo 123 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Mi trovavo, sì, in quella stanza, ma non con lui. Accanto a me, vi era Desirè rannicchiata insieme ad Hope. La porta si aprii, lasciando entrare Bonnie, con un panno in mano.
-Per fortuna che ti sei svegliata. Sai, ti davo per spacciata.-disse ridacchiando.
-Oh, sei molto gentile...-distolsi lo sguardo- perché sono in questo letto?
-Ah! Ti ha portato qui Jack dopo che sei entrata nel mondo dei sogni.
-Ok... da quante ore sono qui?
-Ore?? Tsk... sono oramai quattro giorni che sei qui. E nel mentre tu dormivi ne sono successe...
-Dimmi tutto p-per favore....
-D'accordo... ma non so se ti farà piacere...-sospirò- Jack è stato portato via da Senhar, uno dei servetti di Grumytya, poco dopo che ti aveva portato qui. Eric non si dà pace da quell'attimo in cui l'hanno portato via. I piccoli e Meg si sono offerti di proteggerti fino al tuo risveglio, dandosi il cambio. Io proteggo la fortezza insieme alle guardie.