9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story9 Steps for Adding Genuine Depth to Your Story5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
(Or Ridding Your Story of Pseudo-depth)
When writing a story, one of the most important aspects to the writer will be the themes. In other words, the message you want to tell the world through your characters, plot, and struggles. However, even stories with a good message often fail on a number of levels, or else try to be deep but come off sounding ridiculous. Today, I'm going to talk about how to create genuine depth in the themes, characters, and dialogue of your story, without turning it into a sermon.
Step 1: Focus on the story and perfect it, long before you worry about the themes.
This is the single greatest failing of most stories with messages. The writer is so focused on them, that they forget the medium altogether. And as important as you think a message is, it is worthless if devoid of a concrete story. So craft your story around something tangible and solid—something that would be wonderful if there were no message whats
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
tutorial de colorearEmpezamos?tutorial de colorear4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Antes de que hagas click a lo que sea, nota por favor que este tutorial no está hecho para un principiante. Con eso me refiero a alguien que no tenga ninguna experiencia en arte digital. Asegúrate que tengas el conocimiento básico de cómo los programas digitales funcionan. Conoce los términos "capa", "photoshop" y "tableta".
También, este tutorial está basado en cómo pinto en general. No es muy muy detallado, pero eso tiene que ver con poco.
Ahora puedes elegir hacer click.
Bienvenidos a mi tutorial, espero que esto sea de algo de ayuda para ustedes.
Antes de empezar, necesitarás un sketch o lineart. Entre más delgadas o claras sean las líneas, el resultado será mejor.
Observa el mío por ejemplo
El cabello está dibujado en una capa separada que después usaremos en este tutorial.
Para este tutorial, estaré usando el programa Paint Tool Sai, but si no lo tienes, también reco
Prothean Cycle: A Timeline (On-going)NOTICE: Readers are recommended to read this timeline with the Prothean Cycle Galaxy Map openedProthean Cycle: A Timeline (On-going)3 years ago in Settings More Like This
(Thoi'han/Inusannon Cycle year 25000-50000)
Inusannon and Thoi'han waged an inter-galactic war, Eezo over-spill contaminated Eingana and VandrosInussanon Reaper War: Thoi'han civilization destroyed by the ReapersInussanon Reaper War: Some Inusannon civilization managed to live through the destruction by transferring their conscience into a virtual world; with their bodies no-longer necessary to be the vessel of their conscience, these bodies eventually mummified naturally into the "statues on chairs" similar to the ones found on Nabata (now known as Ilos)Primitive Prothean evolved in post-war harsh environment on Vandros and internalized the poisoning with high biot
5 Ways To Defeat An Artblock This essay here is based on an article from Psychology Today magazine, where the main story is "Confessions of a Sociopath." I couldn’t find this online, and I want you guys out there on deviantART to read this, ‘cause art blocks are the bane of artists. Anyway…5 Ways To Defeat An Artblock2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
1) You know that saying “think outside the box”? Well its horseshit. Whoever told you that should be struck in the face repeatedly. You don’t want to think outside the box, you want to take a different approach within the box. It’s like if you’re stranded without a ride home and you think “Maybe I’ll just grow wings and fly home.” There was a test in which participants were prompted to create animals that would not be of this world. The result was that they ended up creating creatures that were awfully similar to earth creatures. It was probably stupid shit like green skinned tigers with red eyes. The reason was that they were told to
6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action3 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 4 “The Rising Action”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Welcome to Act II of your story, where we are going to start by discussing Rising Action. Rising Action is a series of events or chapters that occur after your protagonist realizes how they are going to resolve their problem in the First Turning Point. For me, this is often the most fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable part of any novel I write—and I will provide so
A Writer's Guide: Writing a Strong CharacterA good story is told best with deep characters.A Writer's Guide: Writing a Strong Character2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Many of the best ideas and concepts have fallen flat due to a weak cast of characters, often with the main protagonist being the biggest culprit. It's a very hard problem to avoid; even large budget movies suffer a great deal from this.
What does it mean to have a "weak" character?
When I say weak, I'm not talking about the character's physical or mental capability, or their ability to influence the story. Rather, it has to do with the character's ability to influence the audience.
The audience should be able to connect on some level with the character; how that is done will depend on your target audience. Children and teenagers are affected differently by different types of characters.
For example: I can tell a person's age merely by mentioning the name Jar-Jar Binks. Older audiences absolutely despised the character; nothing would have made them happier than to see him killed off. However, young children absolutely
10 Requirements for Writing a Publishable Novel10 Requirements for Writing a Publishable Novel10 Requirements for Writing a Publishable Novel5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Today, I would like to announce a project that I hope all of you will be as excited to be a part of as I am. As you all know, my writing guides and tutorials have been rather random, as I was still testing the waters of the internet. I wanted to know if anyone could possibly be interested in what I had to say about the craft of writing, and I was overjoyed to see all of your enthusiasm. And so, I would like to announce that I will be shifting gears with my articles, and attempting to create a step-by-step manual so that ANYBODY who is willing to put forth the work, can learn to write a professional-quality novel. But before we undertake this project, I should let you know that there are certain requirements of you in order for such a guide to work.
Requirement 1: You must believe that you can learn to be a proficient writer.
If you doubt that you will ever create anything worth publishing, you create a self-fulfilling prophecy. And I'm no
HomesickI am the river's son,Homesick3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
my arteries flowing turquoise
and turning to rapids
rushing around my frame,
filling me with this sense
of buoyancy, minnows
tickling my sternum.
I am the river's son.
My palms caress each
silty shoreline, every
battered bank and bend,
and these places I know
so well become me
as my fingerprint,
even the bridge above me
inflamed by the afternoon
sun-glow, burning rusty and
the steel blue sky.
I am the river's son;
I bring my home along
like hermit crab,
where I step
I pull water from the earth.
7 Steps to Creating a Great Protagonist7 Steps to Creating a Great Protagonist7 Steps to Creating a Great Protagonist4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 3 “The Protagonist”
With Links to Supplementary Material
So I've talked about a couple types of protagonists, and how to create them: Heroes and Antiheroes. As well as what types of Character to Use or to Avoid. But not every Protagonist will be a hero or antihero. Today, I'm
The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 3The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 34 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Part III - Just Around the River Bend: Subplots
I feel it there, beyond those trees,
or right behind these waterfalls;
can I ignore that sound of distant drumming?
---from Disney's Pocahontas, "Just Around the Riverbend"
Subplots provide the basis for the meat of a story. They can be as small or as grand and complex as the situation may require; there can be as many or as few as you see fit to include.
There are generally two basic kinds of subplot: major and minor. The major subplot is one that may stretch over a longer section of your work and involve many important events or ideas. The minor subplot is usually smaller, and usually of less importance in the grand scheme of things. Both of these kinds of subplots fill in the space between the beginning and ending, and both are a means to move your characters or trigger events throughout your story.
A subplot can begin with almost any detail of your character, your world, or your concept. It often begins with a que
ExposeThere is a pictureExpose2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
stuck to your refrigerator
that explains everything
I could never understand.
The first time I set foot inside of your house
I was drawn to it, analyzing it
like some technicolor rorschach test.
Your eyes are lit
by the blinding glow of the flash,
but your lips
are holding the most honest smile
I've ever seen upon them.
Your hair is dark,
a wavy blur against the background,
dripping down against his face,
against your arm
draped across his shoulders.
As I look back
and reflect on that photograph
I find some details
are beginning to slip away...
Were you wearing a leather jacket,
or was it simply black
and was he smiling
or just looking toward the camera
Everything fades eventually,
and memories are more fragile
than our dreams,
but mine is omitting pieces on purpose.
when I looked into your developed eyes
that I would never fit
inside the borders of that scene,
would never smile like that for me.
There is no time
where we could be caug
The Forbidden Love (Ghirahim x Reader) 4 ("I hope you mean that in a nice and innocent way!" You yelled at Ghirahim. He merely glanced down at you and winked before continuing his little rant. "I can tell you don't like what you see. On any ordinary day, I would feel the same way you feel, maybe even a touch... embarrassed, shall we say? Well, let me state something rather truthful to you, this is no ordinary day. I find your cousin is quite enchanting. In fact, she's captured my interest, and might I say, that is something that has bee rather hard to do as of late." Ghirahim smirked before he leaned down kissed your cheek. It made your (s/c) cheeks turn red and you let out a soft giggle. You thought it was sweet, but you could see it in Link's eyes, all the hatred from months before when Zelda fell from the sky was reigniting, and you know it would only be a matter of before Link snapped and charged at Ghirahim.)The Forbidden Love (Ghirahim x Reader) 41 year ago in Romance More Like This
You knew you had to calm your cousin before he charged Ghirahim. Now was not the time f
Top 50 Batman Quotes50.I believe in Jim Gordon. I believe in Harvey Dent. I believe in Gotham City.Top 50 Batman Quotes5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
49.I made a promise on the grave of my parents that I would rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthropist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me... Batman.
48.You and I... with what we do... what's at stake... we can't fail. Others don't understand, but even if it's... impossible, we still have to succeed.
47.Your life could end here, now, and nobody would ever know. Would anyone even miss you? Tell me, what's your life worth, punk... ?
46.I've known Commissioner Jim Gordon for more years than I'd care to admit. During that time a friendship has grown that I thought was as solid as a rock. I would have trusted my life to the man.
45.You can never escape me. Bullets don't harm me. Nothing harms me. But I know pain. I know pain. Sometimes I share it. With someone like you
44.My life has been a crusade to save this city. But as Ba
KaomojiKaomoji6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Multiple Line Kaomoji:
（ﾟ､ ｡ ７
( )_( )
Single Line Kaomoji:
( =^)☆(^o^) [Kiss]
´o` [*Why Not??]
(ﾟД ﾟ ) [Shock]
Falling for YouI never thought thatFalling for You4 years ago in Romance More Like This
I'd ever feel this way
about another human being
maybe it's because I've never had the chance,
You sparked something
deep inside of me
it's been waiting to come out
like a pokemon from its ball,
Your ideals are different
I believe they are wrong
and yet I am drawn to you
like a Volcarona to the moon,
I thought that humans were monsters
I still do
but there's something different
about those cerulean eyes of yours,
Is this what they call friendship?
No, is this what they call attraction,
possibly even infatuation?
Is this what it feels like to love?
Father tells me I'm wrong
he tells me you're cruel and bitter
I don't believe him
and I never will,
Maybe this can work
maybe our differences don't matter
Can we stand side by side?
Can we work together as one?
I never thought that
I'd ever feel this way
about another human being
But here you are, proving me wrong.
Art TipsI am writing this for a friend and for anyone else who may find it useful. The following treatise is by no means law or the only way to do things. It's only what I know or believe so far and it's probably not applicable to most styles except those similar to my own. Take from it what you will.Art Tips5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1.) Gesture drawings: Yeah, I know, it's one of the most annoying criticisms you'll get "you need to do more gesture drawings!" Stifle your reflex to kick them into a volcano and do it. Your art will be better for it. Try to set aside at least 15 minutes a day for gesture drawing.
2.) Draw from life: If you've been drawing or painting for any significant amount of time, you've probably heard this one too. Second verse, same as the first. Do it, your art will be better for it. Observational skills are KEY to representational art and the more you hone them, the more skilled you will become. Try to imprint on things you see around you; think of life as like a big How To catalog.
3.) Variation: Varia
The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 2The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 24 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Part II - Get Out the Map: Outlines
Get out the map, get out the map
and lay your finger anywhere down;
we'll leave the figurin' to those
we pass on the way out of town.
---Emily Saliers, Indigo Girls, "Get Out the Map"
Shaming of the Sun: Epic Records, 1997.
An outline serves as a map, a guide, a foundation for your story. It is designed to make the whole writing process easier. However, drawing one up from scratch can be a very intimidating task, especially if you're not sure where to start, and, even worse, if you're not sure where you want to go. Luckily, in the last part, we've thought about our answer to the question, "What is most important in the story I want to write?" and have chosen the type of plot that will best suit our wishes.
Here's the next challenging question to consider: "Where does my story start?"
Let me allay some of your fears. We authors often start way before we have to, thinking that the reader must understand all sorts of background info
Six Words for a SlumpSix Words For A Slump:Six Words for a Slump3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You're tired, unable to create anything.
You feel angry; the anatomy's wrong!
Why won't these words come together?
"Nothing's right anymore, my hands tremble..."
Yet the solution is fairly simple...
I'm showing it to you now;
Break up your ideas, smaller sized.
They come together, like in Tetris.
Rotate the blocks; shape your art.
Draw chibis and stick figures too.
Instead of epics, try a haiku.
How about a six word story?
If your mind is blocked, overheated.
Let it cool; take it slow.
By attempting all the smaller things,
Your art is sure to grow.
-Chen Yuan Wen, 5th January 2013
Getting Published the Hard WayGETTING PUBLISHED: THE TRADITIONAL WAYGetting Published the Hard Way6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
A tutorial by M. Alice Chown
If, like me, you have stories lying around gathering virtual dust on your hard drive, why not send them out to a publisher? You have nothing to lose. A couple of years ago, I attended the launch of an annual Canadian short story anthology, called Tesseracts 10. I knew one of the authors whose speculative fiction piece had been included in the book. Matthew Johnson and I had taken the same creative writing course. Our former prof, author, Robert Sawyer, was there at the launch too, as well as the editors of the anthology. Those who had contributed a story to Tesseracts 10 took turns saying a few words about their piece. Matt talked about his joy at learning that after so many rejections his humble tale about soup of all things had made it into print. Most surprising to me, however, were the words of the pretty, brunette author. She was just 19, a University of Toronto student, and her short story had been her very first
7 Tips for Being a Responsible / Ethical Writer7 Tips for Being a Responsible / Ethical Writer7 Tips for Being a Responsible / Ethical Writer1 week ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 7 “From Story to Art” – Section 2 “Ethical Writing”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Of all the elements of storytelling, the one that sets it apart from other forms of art is the relationship between the artist and the author. Not to say that a relationship does not or cannot exist in other forms of art, only that storytelling creates a necessary long and intimate connection between the author and reader—requiring trust between the two so that the story can be told. Today I'm going to discuss the process of earning that trust and not abusing it—a first step in learning to be an ethical and responsible writer.
Tip 1: Understand the need for ethics and relationship in storytelling.
Imagine that a close friend is telling you a
Ivy's Smut Writing TipsIvy's Smut Tip'sIvy's Smut Writing Tips3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
In this piece of writing I will be explaining to all you lovely lot how I write my band slash sexy scenes. I know what your thinking 'Ewww Ivy but some of your smut is really detailed and I could never do that," Well the secret my dears is practice, once you overcome that wall of saying no I can't put this and that in my writing, people would think I'm sex craved! Once that's over you'll be surprised that you could write them banging each other with baseball bats...not recommended.
So let's start this shit then!
1.Setting the scene
In smut you obviously need a place or area where your two characters can romp to their hearts content. It's no fun if you just place them in a bed is it? That just takes all the imagination away just throwing them in a bed and saying 'Get to it' No my dears we do not do this.
To get you started I'm going to share my favourite little places to put my characters in;
-Tents, Underneath the moonlight with the stars shining in each others eyes as
Submitting Prose: a GuideSo, you've written a piece of prose--be it a story, a guide, a review, or an essay. You've used your trusty word processing program (probably Microsoft Word or Open Office) and you've decided to submit it to deviantArt, whether its for the adulation you will receive, to share it with the world and get their comments, or to get constructive feedback, this guide is for you.Submitting Prose: a Guide5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
You want your reader to take your work seriously; you need to also take it seriously. Edit your writing, check for simple errors, and try to make it look as professional as you can.
Use your program's spellcheck function.
Remember, it won't notice if you spell a word correctly but use the wrong form.For example:
There is usually a place. Their is a possessive pronoun. They're is a conjunction of two words: They are.
Usage: Over there is where they're hiding their cars.
Check your verbs.Verbs usually denote action, but not every verb is an action verb. What
You're no gentleman- Englandxreader commision"You idiot! Why can't you be more gentlemanly?!" England yelled at America.You're no gentleman- Englandxreader commision3 years ago in Romance More Like This
______ rolled her eyes. Here we go again, she lamented. Why did England have to be so anal? Sure, America was ... immature at times, but that's what made him! Geez, you'd think he'd realize that already; he raised him, after all.
Besides, ______ had never seen this gentleman side England was so proud of. The whole time she'd known him, he'd never done a single gentlemanly thing. And that pissed her off more.
"Dude, chill." America chuckled, anime sweat on his head.
"I will not 'chill'!" England fumed. "I raised you better than that! You need to grow up or the other countries will never warm up to you!"
"I raised you better than that." _______ mimicked under her breath. England's ears perked up.
"DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, MADAM?!" He exploded.
Ooh, this will be fun.
"Yeah, I do." she simply stated, rather humorously compared to England's outburst.
"Go on, then!"
"Honestly, I think you're a hypocrite