Drawing TipsDrawing TipsDrawing Tips8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Here are some tips that have helped me learn to draw. This was made purely to try and help others. Im not trying to belittle or make fun of anyones drawing skills or style, or any artists, themselves. So, I hope this helps!
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Try to practice as often as possible. If at first you dont succeed, try again. Not all of your work may come out great on the first try. I know mine sure does not! Out of everything I draw only some of it is posted, and most is revised or redrawn.
When you draw, dont worry about whether or not it looks right, just draw what you see before you. Your mind can actually trick you. Sort of like how some people draw heads as a circle, even though we know for a fact that human heads are not naturally round. And it may be tempting to draw a dress as a triangle; even though that defies the laws of gravity. Why do we do this? Our minds can develop a symbolic way of portraying what we see. For
What the Dere?- Guide to TypesA lot of manga and anime fans have come across these terms tons of times, but what the heck do they mean?What the Dere?- Guide to Types4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
As a fellow artist/novelist myself, I shall break down the good, the bad and the downright ugly when it comes to the Deres.
Tsundere- the most common type of "dere" there is. But what exactly defines a tsundere?
To be put bluntly, a tsundere character acts tough on the outside, but is a real softie once you get to know him/her. Kagami from Lucky Star is a perfect example of this. She acts harsh towards our favorite practical joker, Konata, but she shows her true colors when someone pushes the right buttons. Another good example is Beatrice from Umineko no Naku Koro ni. Beneath that seemingly cold exterior lies a heart of gold (no pun intended). Of course, she would never admit these feelings to Battler or any one of her friends. Only we, the viewers, know her secret.
Another trait of the tsundere is that they often hit the person they care about (but the "victim" is ever rarely sev
Story Writing TipsTip #1: Write about what you know. If you're writing a love story in which the main female character is dumped by her boyfriend, think about what you have been through in your own personal experience, and think about how she might react. Does your character have a strong personality? Are they normally quite likeable? Do they have a weak personality, and they let people push them around? Or do they have a personality that is mysterious, and unpredictable? Once you have established a main character, only you, the author, can predict how they will react to a certain problem.Story Writing Tips8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Tip #2: When beginning a story, and a chapter, it often helps to start the story/chapter in the middle of an action, because then you immediately grasp the reader's attention.
Tip #3: When writing a summary, you might want to include a very short excerpt from your story. That way, you get the reader intrigued. In a real, published book, the first thing that a person sees is the cover, second the title, and third, the
Warrior prefixesThis list is generalized, and not tailored to fit a particular clan. However it does fit clans in northern geographies (Europe and America mainly) better. It does not mean that it is set for the four canon clans, and as such each clan will have sacred names. The sacred names will not be the same based on people's idea of canon as well as how fan created clans behave.Warrior prefixes5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Acorn - a small golden brown cat
Adder - A dark coloured cat
Alder- A silver coated cat
Amber- a golden cat
Ant - A dark coloured cat
Apple - a pale golden cat
Ash - A pale grey cat
Ashen (f)- Pale grey cat
Aspen- silver tabby
Badger - Black and white
Bark - Brown
Bat- Dark coated
Bay- Pale grey
Bee- Yellow Tabby
Beech - Silver tabby
Beetle - Small and dark
Brier – white and yellow
Birch - A light silver tabby
Bird - A light boned cat
Black - Black
Blizzard - A large white cat
Blossom (f) - pretty
Blue - A greyish blue cat
Bonny (f)- pretty
Bounce - A small cat
How to make a good Warrior OCHow to make a good Warriors OCHow to make a good Warrior OC5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
So, you want to know how to make a warriors OC? Okay, you've come to the right place. Okay, there are a few steps you want to follow. They're simple steps. Look at "The Rules" of the universe. If it's a traditional warrior cats story, this means keeping your cats within the laws of how your average member of felis catus should be.
About Cats, and colour
A short history on the cat. Cats were first domesticated in egypt. All warrior cats are feral cats. That is they were born and raised in the wild. However genetically they are more similar to the domestic cat. This is because the process of domestication they are genetically different than their ancestors, felis silvestris, the wild cat.
Despite being the same species as the house cat, feral cats cannot be described with pedigree terms (perisian, burmese, siamese, exotic) because they are not pedigrees. Therefore a cat with pointing, if a feral cat, is described as a colour of point
A Guide To Japanese HonorificsA Guide To Japanese Honorifics11 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
ZOMG. I've seen people abuse honorifics so bad. Ugh. It isn't even funny anymore. Based on my previous knowledge, my XXXHOLiC book, and some quick Google-aided research, I compiled an easy-to-use guide to Japanese "suffixes" used to bestow friendship, endearment, and respect. So if you suffer from any strain of a terrible virus responsible for the misuse of honorifics, please read.
-san: The most commonly used honorific. It's all-purpose, so you can't really misuse it. It's the functional equivalent of Ms., Mrs., or Mr. but is used between people who do not know each other very well or in cases were the least amount of respect is required. Don't get me wrong, it's not denotative! Just a casual phrase. Do not abbreviate the name.
Ex: Misha becomes Misha-san, Shia becomes Shia-san [Pita Ten]
Bad Ex: Deedlit becomes Deed-san, should be Deedlit-san
-sama: For good buddies, one step above -san. Neither feminine nor masculine, can be used to confer great respect b
A Poetry TutorialNow I may not be the authority on poetryA Poetry Tutorial7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
But I have certainly read a few
And it has become clear that the easiest way to write a poem
Is to sit around and boil and stew
All the feelings you have ever felt
Into the melting pot
Just stir and whir and leave to melt
Preheat to 180c and boil up the lot!
Feel free to embellish on what you feel
And all that has happened to you
Talk about how you're becoming dead inside
How at any moment you may keel
It need not have to rhyme
Poets do that all the time
In fact the 'best' poems
Are the ones that don't
Now grab your thesaurus
And grab your spell check
If your poem has mistakes
You'll raise all bloody heck!
Use as many words as possible
Describe and don't forget
To use the most complicated words
Would be your safest bet
Twist your words
Make it sound absurd
Make it hard to understand
The best poems are all muddled up
Word by word and verse by verse
Hard to decode and hard to read
These poets have some unconscious need
Now the things I have just t
Warrior SuffixesAWarrior Suffixes5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
-aster (f)= a petty motherly cat who is laid back and placid
-back (m/f)- Pertains to the cat's back, a indicator of their dominant colour or quality of fur
-belly (m, sometimes f)- a jovial cat
-berry (m/f)- A small sweet cat
-bite (m/f)- A cat who is a skilled hunter
-blaze (m/f) - A cat who is passionate all they do
-blink (m/f)- fast
-blossom (f)- a cat who is young at heart
-bloom (f)- A cat who is eager to mother and bring new life
-blotch (m/f)- has blotches of colour on white
-bounce (m/f)- peppy and happy cat, can be hyperactive
-breeze ( mainly f) - fast
-briar (f)- feminine and resilient
-call (m, rarely f) -a cat skilled at using their voice, a diplomat
-claw (m/f) -a warrior that is very skilled with their claws
-cloud (m/f)- a dreamer, and a lover, an idealist, or a cat with a very thick, very thick and puffy coat
-creek (m/f)- A graceful cat
-dapple (f only)- a tortoiseshell cat of some sort
-daisy (f)- Young at heart and innocent
-dawn (m/f)- a serene and medita
One Sick Simon Part 1The New Adventures of Alvin and the ChipmunksOne Sick Simon Part 18 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Episode 1: One Sick Simon
The alarm clock read 4:59, and Dave Seville was watching it. Knowing that any second now his alarm would spring to life in an attempt to wake him, only problem with that was he was already awake. But despite his rather lively early morning disposition, the alarm went off on cue when the clock read 5:00. Swinging his legs out of bed and out from underneath his covers, Dave stood up and stretched. Cracking his neck a few times, he turned to look out his window, the suns glow just barely clearing the hills in the distance.
Another great morning, Dave smiled to himself, for him getting up in the morning on a Monday was much different than it was for most people. The biggest reason for that was Dave actually loved his job.
After grabbing some clean clothes from his dresser, Dave headed to take his morning shower. From t
FMA Mary-Sue Test: Version 2FMA Mary-Sue Test: Version 25 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The FMA Mary-Sue Test
Add +1 for every Question and subquestion, to which the awner is "yes" or "technically yes" or "sorta" unless instructed otherwise.
Please remember that it is GOOD to get some points if at the end your score is under five points I can almost guarantee you are doing the test wrong
Please be honest.
· Is the character named after you?
· Does the name sounds like yours?
· Is it your nickname?
· Is it a name you wish you had
· Is the character's name Japanese while they are not?? (If they are from Xing this still counts as Xing names are Chinese not Japanese) +5
· non Germanic (Germanic = English and German) even though the character is from Amestris?
· A modern sounding name? (as in not used before the 1950s)
· Is their last or first name a conjunction of two words that are either nouns adjectives or verbs?
· Are these words pretty and poetic and/or combine together
Anybody Can Write a Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write A Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write a Novel - Outline10 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
A Step-by-step Guide for Anyone to Learn How to Write a Novel
This is an Outline of all my current articles, and a look at what is to come. I will try to update it, at least once every two weeks. Also note that just because something is absent from the Outline does not mean I don't plan to write it. This is a compilation of only chapters that have already been written.
(You'll notice that I have neglected some points and chapters within this Outline. This this is simply a result of realizing that there is so much to learn, when it comes to writing. Don't worry, I'll be sure to come back and fill in the gaps. Also, if this list inspires any requested topics that you would like me to address, please feel free to suggest them in the comments section.)
Chapter 1– Beginning to Write
How To Make An Undertale OC Pt.1 (Cliches.)Welcome To "How To Make An Undertale OC" OR: HTMAUTOC. Okay, let's not call it that. This Is The First Part Of The Guide! There Should Be Another Part Or Two! We're Gonna Start With The Cliches! Hope This Helps!How To Make An Undertale OC Pt.1 (Cliches.)3 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Underale, A pretty awesome game- if I say so myself. And I don't mind OCs/FCs being in fandoms, it's what makes it fun and creative! So.. In a fandom where you can be practically ANYTHING.. There are a few cliches and bad OCs here are there (No- this is not aimed at anyone.) So, before we start, keep THESE things in mind when making a UnderTale OC!
1: In Undertale, monsters can be ANYTHING.. LITERALLY.. ANYTHING. You could be a HAND and no one would question it. Don't be afraid to step out of the "Making It Make Sense"
A Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-InsertsIntroductionA Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-Inserts2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I would like to start off this guide by saying upfront that the only fanbase that I write for is Hetalia. Why do I choose Hetalia, and why do I stick with it? Well, to put it simply, it’s because the main story doesn’t really have a story. Every single character is undoubtedly round. There’s so much to work with in terms of being able to set them in alternate universes (AU’s) because the characters are essentially timeless.
With that out of the way, I should also say that these are my opinions and my opinions alone. If you don’t follow everything according to this guide, that’s not to say that you will burn into a fiery crisp or have your eyes gouged out, but personally, I will judge you. In short, I will think you are either ignorant, misguided, or an attention whore. I’m usually left to assume the latter. This guide isn’t completely dogmatic nor am I trying to be arbitrary as I’m sure I break some of the
7 Suggestions for Mapping Your Fictional WorldPLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE THIS PAGE WILL REMAIN ACTIVE FOR PURPOSES OF EDUCATION AND RECORDS, IT IS OUTDATED. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE NEWEST VERSION.7 Suggestions for Mapping Your Fictional World11 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
7 Suggestions for Mapping Your Fictional World
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 1 “World-building” – Section 3 “World Mapping”
With Links to Supplementary Material
So you now know what sort of Story you want to create, and have written a
Tips for Improving and Enriching Your WritingTips for Improving and Enriching Your Writing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Tips for Improving and Enriching Your Writing
Know the fundamentals of writing. If you don't know these or need help with them look copy and paste this link into your adress bar http://magicuser5656.deviantart.com/art/Things-Everyone-Should-Know-About-Writing-286645736
Know your audience. You need to be aware of the audience your writing is targeted towards. You'd never catch a zoologist using a children's picture book to learn about zebras!
Have an engaging opening sentence. This is your big chance at getting the reader interested after the title, and possibly a description! Use it well.
Shorter can be better. Shorter paragraphs, shorter sentences. A sentence doesn't have to be a run-on sentence to be considered too long. If your writing becomes too long you may loose the interest of some of your readers. Think short and sweet, but keep in mind short sentences make time fly by. Having longer sentences will slow tim
How To 'Flesh Out' an OCHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC4 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
Do somen about ur jealousyDo somen about ur jealousy12 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Have you ever get jealous over someone's talent? Or think someone is better than you, and you are nothing? Have you ever said to someone "I wish I have your talent?"
If that's you, here is my tips for you.
Instead of just dwelling on that sour feeling of jealousy, do something about it.
1) Remember: No one pops out good works like magic, no talent would shine without hard work. When you are envying, or complimenting other's "Talents" you are really complimenting their results of hard work. No matter how talented one can be, without hard work talents are NOTHING.
a) Everyone has a different starts, different environments, different developments, different interests.
Everyone has a different start, a different environment, and different development... focus on developing yourself with what you have, and try to learn from whoever you can learn from.
Many artists are talented and gifted since their youth, but it's also their environment that plays a
CPOCFD: Common Creepypasta ClichesHello everyone with another chapter of Creepypasta OC For Dummies!CPOCFD: Common Creepypasta Cliches1 year ago in Profiles More Like This
Today, I'll list the most common cliches in the making or writing of Creepypasta OCs.
And I quote from ShackleSoul from his wonderful How to Avoid Making Your Creepypasta OC a Mary Sue:
"What is a Mary Sue? Different people seem to have different definitions but there is one in particular I am familiar with, and the one most often found in creepypasta Mary Sues. This is the type that is basically the author, only cooler, sexier, and always quick with a bad punchline when they kill someone, with more friends than the author does but still oh so tragic and misunderstood. They probably have cat ears and maybe a mask. And they are always way, way overpowered. Oh, and all the male creepypastas are in love with them. You know the type of character I’m talking about.
Now, not every character that has just a few of these traits is a Mary Sue. So don’t
A Heart AblazeA Heart Ablaze4 years ago in Drama More Like This
'It's my fault. It's all my fault.' Painful memories flashed through Alvin Seville's mind as he sat on one of the benches in the large church that was merely a few miles from the place he had once called home.
The air stank of flower scented perfume. That smell was awful, and would forever be associated with death.
He looked around him; almost everyone had ever known was there. They were crying, every one of them. Family, friends, Dave's co-workers. No one tried to hide their tears, and with good reason.
Alvin's glassy blue eyes moved to the front of the large room, over the crowds of people, and landed on two child-sized coffins at the front of the room. It was a closed-casket viewing, as one of the two bodies was burned beyond recognition.
It had been nearly a week since that fateful night, but Alvin couldn't get the images out of his head. They were as vivid as they had been when they were actually occurring, and it terrified him.
He could still hear the screaming. Theodore's
How2-Ask artists you admireHow2-Ask artists you admire6 years ago in Letters More Like This
Have you ever tried to talk to an artists you admire on DA and s/he ignores you?
Well, there's a few tips on how to talk to them and get more comments back...
I don't say this will always work, because some artists are just too busy, or too shy to talk back, but it will work better than if you just bluntly ask a question.
There are nice artists who will answer your question, so make them feel a bit special for doing you a favor.
Here's my tip on how to talk to some big name artists...
===== MOST IMPORTANTLY!
1. Research first, check their blogs for FAQ if you have a question such as...
1. what pen/paper/program/medium did you use?
>>>(tools related, trust me, usually its on their FAQ)
2. Hi, you're good.... what do you recommend for a tablet?
>>>(Go to forums to ask that please, search forum for old threads on it, don't bother them with this.)
3. Hello, what brushes did you use, can you share it? Did you use Photoshop?
>>>(Don't ask so fast, search their gallery or u
AATC - There's Still Hope - storyAATC - There's Still Hope - story3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The sky was filled with stars that night. The clouds that had rolled in the same morning and brought rain were gone by evening and by the time the children were tucked in and sound asleep, the stars and the moon had come out again, casting the city of Hearttropolis in a peaceful silver dreamscape. Most lights in the downtown area had been put out, allowing the suburbs to be soaked in the beauty of one of the summer's last nights.
And just as they normally did on a night such as this after a busy day, Alvin, Simon and Theodore climbed up onto the roof of their home and lay down, staring up at the infinite void above them.
"So, that's it?" Theodore said after Alvin had explained to them how the events of that day. "They never caught the guy?"
"We caught him, but a little too late," Alvin replied. "Dictator had already gotten to him by the time we arrived."
Simon looked at his brother as he hugged his waist. "And he never said anything?" he said softly.
Alvin sighed. "He grabbed my
No villains, no victims“No villains, no victims” sounds like an odd rule at first – you need a good guy and bad guy, right? The reader needs someone to cheer for and against. Some things are always unforgivable, and the accused is always beyond redemption.No villains, no victims2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Well, yes and no.
Most stories do have clear-cut good guys and bad guys. We like seeing our hero win and our villain get what’s coming to him. What you don’t want to do is make your characters so obviously one way or the other. Clear-cut is boring. Now, let me qualify that statement:
When I say not to make them “obviously” good or bad, I do not mean to make their characters ambiguous. I mean that you need to bring your hero down and your villain up. Any writing guide will tell you that the hero needs a few flaws to keep him relatable, but I’ll take that a step further; we hate perfect people.
We do. We hate that archetype. Be it the perky cheerleader on top of the pyramid, the one guy who always gets p
Creepypasta OC for Dummies: Design TipsOriginal Series (c) ShackleSoul c:Creepypasta OC for Dummies: Design Tips2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
TOPIC: Design Tips/ Inspiration from Research.
Now I wanted to add my little chapter in this to further help Deviants new to the vast Creepypasta fandom and need help creating a Creepypasta character for themselves or want to further tips to make their already created OCs unique.
We will be going through some subtopics under this:
How to make a character believable with a physical or mental illness through research.How to design a character's clothes based off of time factor or backgroundHow a person raised in a different era would probably speak and act differently due to older cultural attitudes and speech patterns
Physical/ Mental Illnesses- How to do it right for your OC:
Now, you may have seen most Creepypasta OC's with an metal or physical illness of sorts. My tip to you is before you do anything involving an illness to further flesh out your character, please research the illne