FMA OC Age-Birthday CalculatorCALCULATING YOUR FMA OC's AGE/BIRTH INFO IN RELATION TO THE FULLMETAL ALCHEMISTFMA OC Age-Birthday Calculator4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Hey everybody, Henpukumaru here! Have you ever had trouble trying to figure out the birth year or day that your FMA-related OC should have in order for it to make sense with the story's plot? Well, this tutorial is designed to help you find all that out quickly and easily.
Before we start, keep in mind how old you would like your OC to be during the main events of the plot. To help you picture things a bit easier, I'm going to use one of my OCs to illustrate the steps as we go along. His name is Wallace.
STEP 1: Establish the birth year
Okay. I have already decided that I would like Wallace to be nineteen by the time the first events of FMA happen (that is, the adventure in Liore). This obviously means that Wallace must be born before Edward Elric, because Ed is fifteen when the story opens.
Edward's year of birth is 1899. We know that the events in Liore occur sometime within the year 1914. By the p
Describing an ActionWays to Say ItDescribing an Action4 years ago in Writing More Like This
"He opened the door."
He burst into the room.
He felt the door give way.
He watched his own hands struggle against the door as they pushed it open.
He saw a group of people pan into view as the door eased open.
He couldn't remember pushing his way through the door after he had stumbled into the room.
He was barely aware of himself opening the door.
He couldn't stop himself from nudging the door open.
He might as well wear a friendly countenance now that he was opening the door.
The door opened.
The door swung open.
The door was opening.
The door was being opened.
The door creaked when he pushed it open.
The door led him into a warm, crowded room.
The heavy wooden door finally gave way, and he was soon easing himself past it.
His hand found the door, and he turned the knob and walked through.
The handle felt icy in his fingers as he opened the door.
The sound of a door swinging open caused her to jump.
Before he knew it, he was already pushing aside the door.
Writing Tips - Grammar, pt 1Writing Tips - Grammar, pt 15 years ago in Writing More Like This
Part one: Parts of Speech
Now that you know how to use a comma and structure a quote, lets really get our hands dirty! Because all those commas and quotes and hard stops dont mean a thing if you have weak grammar. Grammar is huge. Theres a lot of it, so this will only be a blitz course, covering a lot in a small space. Hopefully, you already know most of it, though.
Parts of Speech
Thats right. Were doing sentence diagramming in this lesson. Youre going to need to know the difference between an adjective and an adverb later on, so this seems the logical place to start.
A sentence needs three things to make it a sentence. It needs a subject, a verb, and it needs to be a complete thought.
The subject is usually, but not always, a noun, a proper noun, or a pronoun.
Nouns: Nouns are something physical. Look to your left. What do you see? Thats a noun.
° Please pass me that book.
Proper Nouns: Proper nouns are exactly what
TUTORIAL: Epic Stick FiguresTUTORIAL: Epic Stick Figures6 years ago in Paint Shop Pro More Like This
Welcome to my tutorial for the stick figure, but not really, style that I lovingly mooched off of my good mate, raven-27, and played with like a moron until I ended up loving it for its sheer speed and potential for comic-making. I tend to not make much sense, but do bear with me as I explain the laying down of the skeleton, which takes anywhere from a minute to five or so, depending on the posture you're trying to convey. Also, all image references will be listed in the "author's comments" section below and each corresponding name for said references is in brackets and such. I'm using Paint Shop Pro 8, by the way.
All and all, everything starts with the circle that will form the skull for the character you are drawing. If you have trouble with drawing near perfect circles you can use coins, such as a quarter, as a guideline.
SIDE NOTE: It's important to keep your skeleton lines light until you are nearly finished with the character's details, such as hair and clothing, otherwise it wi
FMA OC Guidebook: OC DesignFMA OC Guidebook: OC Design4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The FMA OC Guidebook: Character Design
Ok FMA art and style is really frustrating in the fact that theirs always a freaking exception! Any rule you make, any! Its always like "but oh! So and so has..." yea-no. Is is to much to ask for a little conformity here? Realy!?
Ok that rant put aside...
THERE ARE SOME EXEPTIONS TO ALMOST EVERY "RULE" I PUT DOWN HERE
So technically yes, you could give your OC bright purple hair with a pink fringe, but bear in mind that that will look very out of place in the FMA world. So there's just one thing for you to bear in mind when breaking these rules: Subtlety. The broken rule should fit in with the rest of the FMA world and not stand out like "holy cow where are they from! It should not be the first thing you notice when seeing the character, nor should there be two broken rules in the same OC. Ready then? So lets begin
This is one of the few absolute rules DO NOT GIVE YOUR OC AN EYE COLO
The LAYERS of FictionThe LAYERS of Fiction5 years ago in Writing More Like This
"If you have Action and Dialogue, do you really NEED Description too?
What is the difference?"
The Layers of Fiction
"Himawari-chan, I have your lunch!"
"Here you go Himawari-chan!"
"Thank you, Watanuki-kun!"
"You are very welcome, Himawari-chan."
"I see. Of course. Thank you, Yuuko-san. Do I need to tell you what she said?"
"No! No, you don't, and I don't want to hear it! I don't need a freaking baby-sitter!"
"Yuuko thinks you do."
"That's her! Not me!"
"Are you a fortune-teller?"
"No! Of course not!"
"I'll come get you after class. I'll get the instructor to let you wait while I practice."
"What? No! I said I don't want to wait !"
"You gonna eat that?"
"Yes I am!"
"I do not, not, NOT take orders from you!"
This is "Talking Head Syndrome." There are no dialogue tags, because I don't use them.
Writing Tips - Grammar, pt 2Writing Tips - Grammar, pt 25 years ago in Writing More Like This
Part two: Tense of the Narrative, and Plural and Singular Nouns
Tenses: No, were not talking about a hard day at work, but rather verb tenses. What, basically, is the time-direction of your narrative? Is the chronicler telling about something that has already happening, is happening, or will eventually happen?
In most works of fiction, the narrative is in past tense. Its already happened. Occasionally, youll find a book in present tense its happening now, as youre reading it and these are usually of the pick your own adventure sort. The ones where you dont read about the knight in shining armour, but rather, you are the knight in shining armour and the choices you make determine whether you rescue the princess or if the evil wizard turns you into a newt. Ive never seen a book written in future tense it will happen, but it just hasnt happened yet but if you