Tip One: Animal creatingTip One: Animal creatingTip One: Animal creating1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
One of the first things I notice when I look at people’s worlds is that there is often little explanation to why animals are the way they are. One thing we learn when studying animals is that Form always serves Function. This means that whatever strange features you may attribute to your animal MUST have a function towards its survival.
Survival for animals is fundamental, and the reason every live thing on our planet aims to survive is so that they can pass their genes on and continue their line. It is a subconscious instinct that every organism lives by. Therefore three important fundamentals shape an animal’s life: nutrition, reproduction and predation.
Nutrition is the animal’s need to ingest nutrients in order for its body to survive. I won’t go into the details but most organisms must obtain nutrients from their environment and have them broken down into energy by their digestive system – unlike plants, which create their own
FMA Mary-Sue Test: Version 2FMA Mary-Sue Test: Version 23 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
Drawing TipsDrawing TipsDrawing Tips7 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
Things Everyone Should Know About WritingThings Everyone Should Know About Writing2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Things That Everyone Should Know About Writing
Points of View
Things you need to be aware of before reading:
If you would like to quickly jump to a topic, press F3 on your keyboard and type in one of the preceding topics you wish to learn about.
I would like to point out that it IS possible for you to view this piece of writing with proper indenting. Just press the ¶ button in the top right corner then read away~
Points of View
Recently it has been brought to my attention that a good number of literary works that are lacking in basic skills and the fundamentals of writing. I believe that everyone, regardless of (a reasonable) age and skill level, should at least be aware the topics we will cover. We will discuss different points and simple ways to improve your overall writing skills.
First we will discuss the different narratives that you may choose to write in: first person, second per
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 Types3 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
Warrior prefixesAWarrior prefixes3 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
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
Bracken - A brown tabby
Bramble - a brown tabby
Branch- Brown and skinny
Breeze (f) - Delicate
Briar- Brown tabby
Brindle (f) - Tortieshsell
Bright - Pale coloured
Brook- Silvery and slight
Boulder - Greyish and big
Bumble- Orange tabby
Cascade- Blue shaded cat with long fur
Cedar - brown
Cherry - Ginger
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 victims10 months 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
A Poetry TutorialNow I may not be the authority on poetryA Poetry Tutorial6 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
A Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-InsertsIntroductionA Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-Inserts7 months 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
How to make Mitarashi dangoHow to make Mitarashi dango3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
200 g of rice flour
200 ml of hot water
100 ml water
2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp corn starch
1.) Mix the rice flour and water together.
2.) Knead till dough is as tough as your earlobe.
3.) Fill a pan with water and heat up.
4.) Rip off bite sized pieces of the dough and steam them for 25 minutes
5.) Throw the balls into a bowl and mush together with a wetted wooden spoon.
6.) Knead the dough
7.) Roll out dough into a long stick shape.
8.) With a wetted knife, cut bite sized pieces off.
9.) roll the pieces into balls.
10.) wet skewers and apply an even amount of dumplings to each.
11.) pour sauce over dumplings and enjoy.
1.) Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan.
2.) Simmer till thickened.
3.) Pour over dangos.
How To 'Flesh Out' an OCHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC3 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
Creating a Well-Developed Original CharacterCreating a Well-developed OCCreating a Well-Developed Original Character3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello! Welcome to my guide on the creation of a balanced, believable original character! Whether this is your first time creating a character and you want some advice on where to start, or you need to tweak your character, because you're unsatisfied with it, then you've come to the right place. In this guide you'll find details on the importance of every aspect of an OC, from something seemingly insignificant as the name to the powers of a character.
This guide can be applied to original characters of any fandom or purely of your creation for your own story! If your setting doesn't include some parts, like having abilities, you can simply skip over that section. Likewise, if I'm going into details on some specifics that don't apply to your character, feel free to skip over that as well.
Before I get into breaking down a character, let me first start off by asking you to do one thing. Get the term "Mary Sue" out of your head right now bef
How To Write A StoryHOW TO WRITEHow To Write A Story5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The following contains "bad language" for emphasis. I do not endorse the use of such language, yet I use it anyway because that's how I roll and it can add good emphasis to the points I bring up. If you don't like it, I pity you.
Becoming an Author
If you're looking for a step-by-step "How to Write the Next Bestseller", you're barking up an imaginary tree, so if I were you I'd desist from that before people stop and point at the delirious little chihuahua. Thing about writing is...
There's no secret.
(dun dun DUUUUN)
That's right. Those of you worrying about finding the Fountain of Perfect Authoring are chasing mirages in the desert of reality. There isn't really any Rosetta Stone of how to write a great story. Don't walk away in dejection just yet, however. There's no secret temple with the Pen of Shakespeare, but there a
A Guide To Japanese HonorificsA Guide To Japanese Honorifics10 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
Character Profile: Base SheetThe Basics</i>Character Profile: Base Sheet6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Age : (Beorc have an age span of a normal human. Laguz can easily still be 100+ and have youth in their features. The Branded age faster then Laguz, but very much slower then humans.)
Sexuality : (If you feel comfortable putting it. Some may be too young to decide, and you may put 'Undecided'. Straight/Bi/Homosexual are just the norm responses.)
Marital Status : (Do you have a lover, perchance?)
Race : (Beorc/Laguz/Branded)
Occupation :(King/Commoner/Royal Guard/etc)
Class : (Big one. Pick a beginning class for your character to advance in. If Laguz, leave it blank.)
Tell Me The Facts
Hair Color: (You can describe it's length as well. For people who are too lazy to have glanced at your picture.)
Build : (Just explain the overall composition of their body.)
Scars/Wounds : (Any sort of Physical markings or other d
Poison, The Final Words ofI am Poison;Poison, The Final Words of2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I am bitter to the core,
My words a liquidy whip
your innocent heart
I look like a harmless glass bottle
Of black-blue water;
Who'd heat up with your innocent Kiss, but
I'm really that
With the blue-smeared lips
Who'll scratch you once I escape the
Bottle with my fingernails of
I'm that Medicine;
I can heal and recover for
A short period of time,
But take too much of me and I'll
out your insides
12 Days of ChristmasOn the first day of Christmas, I sent my future husband, a collage of all of our kids.12 Days of Christmas2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
On the second day of Christmas, he sent me back, two restraining orders, and the collage of our future kids.
On the third day of Christmas, I sent to him, three drugged meals, two violated restraining orders, and a collage of our future kids.
On the fourth day of Christmas, he sent to me, four search warrants, three untouched meals, two new restraining orders, and the collage of our future kids.
On the fifth day of Christmas, I sent to him, five promise rings, four denied warrants, three drugged meals, two violated restraining orders, and a collage of our future kids.
On the sixth day of Christmas, he sent to me, six house arrests, five promise rings, four more warrants, three untouched meals, two new restraining orders, and the collage of our future kids.
On the seventh day of Christmas, I sent to him, seven declarations of my love, six broken anklets, five promise rings, four denied warrants, three
So You Want to CritiqueHere is a two-fold guide for deviants wishing to receive critique as well as deviants who want to give constructive critiques:So You Want to Critique5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
A Note to Non-subscribers
You're allowed to give and receive critique, too! The system for subscribers that dA has put in place is flashy, sure, but it doesn't alter the content of a quality critique. Comments have worked just fine for many years. I see no reason why you should stop using the tried and trusted system just because something new has come along. Now, onto the article!
Make Sure the Feeling's Mutual
Some people don't give critiques. Some people don't want critiques. That's okay. Being a member of dA does not precondition you to the critique-crowd.
However, if you do want to be a critique-groupie, make sure the artist you're giving critique to actually wants it. If the critique option is not enabled, or there's no request for critique in the comments, chances are critique is unwanted. If there's something you really, really want
ED, EDD, N EDDY ZOMBIESEd, Edd, n Eddy ZombiesED, EDD, N EDDY ZOMBIES5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Once upon a time, in a alternate universe, a dark tale of pure horror beings...
The setting is Peach Creek Junior High and everyone is in Science Class. Double D is perfecting the art of dissecting a frog and Eddy is trying to cut off the legs of the frogs so he can start a frogs' leg scam and Double D then says "Eddy, I don't care if frogs' legs are a delicacy in France but what you are doing is not out of education reasons and well..it's just gross." Eddy replies "Clam up Sockhead! I will make a killing off of these frogs' legs after school, first I will try to sell them in the teachers' lounge and then I...speaking of gross, where's lumpy?" And then Double D and Eddy see Ed with a paper bag over his head and walks to his table. Eddy then says "Geez, is Ed the "Unknown Sad Sack of Cyber City"? AHAHAHA! Double D then says "Actually I prefer the name "Emo
Writing Prompt 101 - CharacterWriting Prompt 101Writing Prompt 101 - Character5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Note: Many people have asked how I come up with my characters so I figured I would share what I do. This is just an outline and know that you dont have to fill out any and all. Its a guideline. Also note, that though you answer these questions not everything should be included or expected in your writing. This is so you can know your characters intimately and how they would react but not everyone else needs to know some things.
Basic Information is key to the first vital step
Name: (normal, foreign, alien etc)
Age: (2 years, 1000, immortal etc)
Gender: (female, male, transvestite etc)
Race: (human, vampire, alien etc)
Profession: (student, doctor, king, mage etc)
Note: These tell you what your character is but it just scratches the surface to character building
LintukotoLife as a stained glass window in the cosmos:Lintukoto2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
a well of misfortune, shattered hours,
pieces of night and liquid decades.
A bird crosses the universe
and in the corner of eternity it warbles
a song that encloses everything.
I escape to the route of tempest:
the galaxy, oniric labyrinths,
a spiral path to madness.
Like a scarThis feeling you have is like a fresh woundLike a scar2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
you cant ignore it and you try everything to make it better
Is this the feeling?
The wound has healed but yet a scar remains
some call it an imperfection because its "ugly" or "out of place"
that scar holds memories
can you call a memory an imperfection?
you hide the scars because you wish to hide the truth
you run from love because you know it will be your downfall
Love imprints you in more ways than one
good or bad
its with you for ever
just like that scar.