Html codes and Visual Poetry A lot of great writers on dA don't know how to use html codes, which is a real shame, because these codes can really be used to bring out a writer's words. This tutorial will go through several basic codes, good places to use them in your writing, along with spacing and other aspects of visual poetry & writing.Html codes and Visual Poetry3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
If you haven't noticed, when you open an "Add text" devation, there's a list of HTML codes at the bottom. Most of them look like this . A lot of these match up with the names used for them in Microsoft Word documents, so they should be easy to use. So, let's start off with the basics!
1. Italics <i>
</i>is simply, italics. Got it? Put the i inside the s. See, it's easy! To end any Html code, one puts a slash before the letter i, </i>. Now, for the Visual impact of italics.
Emphasis and Motion
Which means that a good place to use i
Interview Your CharacterINTERVIEW YOUR CHARACTERInterview Your Character3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
(YOUNG ADULT VERSION)
Choose an original character you have created. All questions must be answered from the character's perspective. The character should remain "in character" throughout the interview. The character may refuse to answer a given question, but must say something in reply to it. The character must answer truthfully, but that does not necessarily mean that their answers must be true, only that the character believes them to be true. Have fun.
. VITAL STATISTICS
. ABILITIES AND TRAITS
. HISTORY AND INFLUENCES
. PERSONAL TASTES AND OPINIONS
. SELF IMAGE
. KEY SOCIAL INFLUENCE
. GOALS AND DREAMS
1: What is your full name?
2: Do you have a nickname, pseudonym, or alternate identity?
3: How tall are you?
4: How much do you weigh?
5: What kind of build do you have (are you thin, fat, gangly, muscular, etc.)?
6: Describe your hai
skinny bitch To the Woman Who Called Me A Skinny Bitch:skinny bitch2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Listen: maybe someday
the lune of my shape
will swell into Archimedes' twin circles,
plump as dough spilling into a pan,
and it will be gloriousVenus of Willendorf,
live in your living room! A corporeal explosion,
live in your living room! The bulbs
of my hips arcing out, steering-wheel curves
with obvious grips,
all manual transmission.
And let's not forget
the fleshy shells blooming
under the clavicles, oh, those crested hills,
pale as orchids, phontinia-tipped,
an Aquiline nose casting shadows over
The modern-day Renoirs will
chase me down in the parking lot
because The Bathers is left wanting
without this buxom temple; Marilyn
would hang her head in shame
Lady, you giggle to the guys
that size doesn't matter,
and yet snarl at a woman's delicate frame.
Yes, I realize there is no
Stradivarius bow to these hips,
only a scalloped cleft of bone
pressing up to the skin,
I didn't choose this t
Synchronicity 2 EnglishRinSynchronicity 2 English4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Down underneath this fake paradise
Beneath that old world that I will soon forget
I sing the prayers that you cannot sing
Without another next to me
The past that I'm bound to is cursed with this pain
Forever till death we sing this melody
History repeats without and end
But still I will sing here for you
With only your memory, I continue to sing
Until the moment that I die
Sing for the sun and rain, pushing right through my pain
A song that I sing for the dead
Far away I see, many hands reach for me
They're not close enough and never will be
But they keep reaching out
It's alright to try
[I demand that you keep singing]
The dying world above disappears from my mind and
I let memories float away as my song continues
A gentile voice calls to me from afar with pain running deep inside
My sadness begins to melt and my smile reappears as my song's growing dim
Nearing the end of this fake paradise
I search for the voice that is a memory
I wander where no one has wander
Ponyboy x Reader - Arm's Length Walking down the street, you regretted not letting your brother pick you up from the bookstore. It was hot and your house was too long a walk as far as you were concerned.Ponyboy x Reader - Arm's Length2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
You didn't live as far away as the 'richies' in the big mansions, but in one of the small suburban homes a few blocks away from some of the worse parts of town. Sighing, you took out your new book and read it as you started the trek home, only to walk right into some one a few seconds later.
"I'm sorry!" a pleasant voice said. It was Ponyboy Curtis. Of all the people you could've walked into, it had to be him. The guy who was in all your advanced classes and was the guy you'd been crushing on forever. Not caring that he was what the 'richies' called a greaser, you thought he was smart and funny. Not to mention very very cute with him gold brown hair and and thoughtful green eyes.
"H-hi," The words stumbled out of your mouth in surprise.
"Pony, why are you mow'n down innocent people?" Two-Bit cracked laughing at th
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 Tips4 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
Writing Tutorial - DialogueWhile some authors may talk about how their writing is all talent and a gift from The Powers That Be, the truth is anyone can do a great deal to improve their writing. One effective way is through working on your dialogue.Writing Tutorial - Dialogue5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Fan fiction can be particularly bad about this, but God-awful dialogue can be found just about anywhere, from popular books to comics to television. Bad dialogue often happens when people lose sight of reality and get hung up in the information or message theyre trying to get their character to communicate. Good dialogue is a natural reflection of the characters and the world, is easy on the ears/eyes and moves the plot forward in one way or another.
Tips for Improving Your Dialogue:
Yep, just listen. Next time youre on a bus or waiting at a restaurant, take a moment and listen to the conversations around you. Listen to the rhythm, the accents, the grammar people use in daily life. Good dialogue sounds natural. Bad dialog do
Three Words -IkexMarth-Three WordsThree Words -IkexMarth-4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Marth was good at many things. Maths was the main talent of his; he could solve complex formulas in the blink of an eye. Trigonometry? Child's play. Algebra? A piece of cake. He was top of his class, the test scores always showed that, but did Marth's attitude? No, he continued working silently and diligently, because in his opinion, there was always infinity, there was always something bigger, something he could work for, so he worked for it. Marth also had other talents. He could sing, for example, though he didn't attend any choir or musical group. He was self-taught and he rarely ever sung to anyone other than his sister, who told him he was very good. He could also play the flute, also self taught, but no one ever listening to him playing, he had to do it out the house, otherwise his father would get angry at him. Marth had other talents, he could lie, he could cover his face in false masks that were so opaque that sometimes he could lo
Skull Preservation TutorialSkull Preservation Tutorial4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I've been asked multiple times how I go about cleaning and preserving the skulls that I find so I've decided to put together a sort of FAQ/how-to regarding this subject. Please keep in mind that there is more than one "right" way to achieve things in the realm of taxidermy. This is just the way I do my skulls/bones.
You will need:
Plastic bag for picking up your treasure
A good sized flower pot
An ant hill (if possible)
Disposable plastic gloves
Nice sized metal pot kept solely for boiling skulls/bones
Plastic container for soaking the skull/bones in
Hydrogen peroxide 3%-7%
Small pokey thing for helping remove brain bits and other yuck
Super glue, tacky glue, or Elmer's glue for putting the teeth back in
Hokay. While out hiking, I've come across many different skulls/bones of animals in various stages of decomposition. The best ones are when nature has already done most of the work for you and it's already pretty clean. One of the drawbacks of finding them like this tho
Google's PrayerGoogle's Prayer1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Our Google, which art in Wi-fi
Quick be thy search.
Thy results come, thy buffer be done,
On Bing as it is in Chrome.
Give us this day our daily updates
And forgive us our spelling
As we forgive those who butcher English grammar.
And lead us not into Apple,
But deliver us from Siri.
For thine is the Wi-fi, the processor, and the Android forever.
The Ten Commandments of Fanfiction Writing1. Thou shall not take credit for work that does not belong to them.The Ten Commandments of Fanfiction Writing2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
One of the most important rules of fanfiction writing, in my opinion: Credit the original creator. Always have a disclaimer somewhere amongst your works, whether it be each individual chapter or just a simple "I own nothing" statement on your profile. I, being a lazy ass, use the latter choice of that sentence. If you make the decision to use song lyrics for something, credit the artist as well. Same with fanart--the characters you are drawing are not yours. I hate to break it to you, but you don't own Rainbow Dash. The Sonic Screwdriver did not pop up first in your overactive imagination. A certain blonde ninja obsessed with ramen who has a nine-tailed fox demon sealed inside of him is not your creation.
2. Thou shall enlist the help of a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, spellcheck, and an editor before submitting their work.
Another biggie for me. I take great pains to make sure my pieces--f
Iceland x Fridge: forbidden loveIceland x Fridge: forbidden love2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Iceland was alone in his home. There was a breeze coming in through the open window in his kitchen, sending shivers down his spine and causing his brown jacket to flutter in the breeze, like a delicate plastic bag caught in an updraft.
aw shit it's getting poetic up in here.
Iceland walked towards the kitchen, enjoying the sound of his lace up boots against his wooden floors. The sound echoed through the whole house, reminding him of the emptiness. He pushed the thought away.
He stood at the window, looking out at his Icelandic
manscapelandscape, full of mountains and valleys and lots of....other big things. He pulled the window shut with a defining thud. The house was quite, except for a familiar humming noise. Iceland whirled around, and that's when he saw it.
His heart was pounding in his chest and a blush graced his pale cheeks. The ones on his face, not his glorious butt cheeks.
Their eyes met, and it felt as if the fridge was looking into the depths
My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide
I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:
- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
Ricepires PromMarius: Children, Ive had a great idea!Ricepires Prom5 years ago in Humor More Like This
Marius: Who here is over 2,000 years old, raise your hand please. Oh right, just me.
Armand: I thought that I was your only child *pouts*
Everyone else: *is temporarily dazzled by how pretty he looks when he pouts*
Merrick: Dont look now, but your insecurity is showing.
Armand: Shut up, witch.
Marius: Havent we had enough name-calling? Its like high school.
(Louis and Nikkis catfight, for those of you just joining us.)
Marius: Speaking of high school I just realized that all of you were deprived of a senior prom.
Apparently, Marius is out to help all the underprivileged vampires. If he opens some sort of Red Cross soup kitchen for vampires, Im nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Love this guy.
Louis: Youre not serious? What about Merrick and Quinn?
Why I dislike the Big Four/RotBTDI don't like at all Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons/the "big four"Why I dislike the Big Four/RotBTD1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
WARNING: If you like this crossover and can't accept any criticism towards it then go away because this post will not be for you. If you can accept this thing has flaws then keep on and read.
the most overdone crossover ever
give me a dose of jim/ariel over this anyday of the week
and i don't even like jim/ariel
don't get me wrong, i love crossovers in general and i have many team ups/ships/friends in mind which are really cute, and i love what other people in the internet think for crossovers (I love the idea of an Amalthea and Merida meeting, example)
And I love How to Train your Dragon and Brave (I don't like Tangled, but I don't speak of it; and ROTG was okay, merely enough)
but just lumping them together is just wrong for me
laziest crossover possible: you add together the main characters from your favorite recent animated films and you're all "OMG SO GENIUUUUS!!"
it's like putting together Ariel, Belle, Aladdin
Mary-Sues: Part 3Mary-Sues: How Much Power is Too Much Power?Mary-Sues: Part 33 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I’m sure everyone has heard that an obvious Mary-Sue is one that is too powerful, but no one has explained to me in enough detail when the line is crossed. “Oh, an original character can control all four elements? That’s way too powerful!” Since when? Since it became a clichéd idea? That idea was around since before Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on Nickelodeon. Aang, the main character in that show, along with eventually mastering all four elements, also practically came back from the dead a century later in the very first episode of the show, and no one called him a Gary-Stu (which he is not, I’m just saying that labeling a character over power is overused)! As I said in my past two guides, Mary-Sues aren’t about clichés, they’re about lack of explanation and key details that would help in their development of the cha
Pet Snipers: An Owner's GuidePet Snipers: An Owner's Guide4 years ago in Humor More Like This
Pet Snipers An Owner's Manual
Published by Mann & Co. Pet and Livestock Supplies Inc.
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This guide is designed to be as comprehensive. However, should you have any enquiries please call our helpline at: 1800-XXX-XXX. In addition, we would like to keep you informed of upcoming product updates and new releases. A Sniper is a pet for life, not just for Christmas. Please fill in and submit the attached form with your contact details if you would like
Editing your writingSo, there are a lot of tutorials for writing; tutorials for character's names, personalities, storylines, and everything else under the sun. Don't get me wrong, some of those tutorials are pure gold. But, and keep in mind I'm no avid tutorial-reader and I haven't read all of them, I have yet to find one about editing. And it's about as important as the actual writing, because what's the writing if you can't read it? So, here I am, making one. If you've already read this far into the introduction, do me and you a favour, and read the rest of it, you might find some of it useful and I won't just be talking in a void. Please?Editing your writing2 years ago in Settings More Like This
View of an Editor
So! You have your piece you're going to edit, haven't you? What's the first step, before you start editing? You have to get in the right frame of mind. Repeat after me! My writing is not perfect. Yeah, that's right. It's not. It won't be even after editing it. Writing can be wonderful, amazing, beautiful, emotional, and brilliant, yes,
Mary-Sue: Part 10How to Write Dreams and FlashbacksMary-Sue: Part 102 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
For once, I couldn't find any how-to guides that I liked so I could reference off of, so I'm on my own for this, otherwise this would probably be longer and probably be more organized. This should actually tell you something: there are practically no definite rules on how to write dream or flashback sequences. There are rules telling you not to write either of sequences, but screw that! If the only reason that having dreams and flashbacks being barred in fiction because they aren't well-written, then keep writing them and get better at it until you get the hang of it. Telling someone not to do it at all because they suck at it is just telling them to give up before they try. In some stories, dreams and flashbacks are important for different reasons.
There's no possible way I can tell you the right or wrong way of writing dreams. Some
Mary-Sue: Part 4Mary-Sues: In a FightMary-Sue: Part 43 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
From a petty cat fight with slaps and hair pulling, to an action-packed superhero vs. super villain brawl, action scenes can start anywhere; however writing them effectively is harder than planning on who wins. It isn't just about writing down who hit who, and if you don't describe how a character handles the situation, you can accidentally make him or her seem stronger than they should be. If the character seems too powerful without explanation, your audience will point the finger and label it a Mary-Sue, and you don't want that (unless you're purposefully writing a parody). Action scenes, whether it's important to the overall plot or not, are an effective tool to establish your characters' strengths and weaknessesweakness being just as essential to highlight, if not more so, than strengths. But first, you have to know how to write a fight scene in order to know where to insert these vi
Mary-Sue: Part 8Romeo and Gertrude?Mary-Sue: Part 82 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
“Names. What’s in a name, really? I mean, besides a bunch of letters or sounds strung together to make a word. Does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet? Would the most famous love story in the world be as poignant if it was called Romeo and Gertrude? Why is what we call ourselves so important?” (Julie Kagawa).
I’ll answer that question with another quote:
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage” (L.M. Montgomery).
Names, despite its seemingly simplistic role in society, do have some importance, even in fiction. So how do you name your character? Names aren’t just an arrangement of letters that sound cool or unique; they have meaning, language, and culture behind them. Names are so important, that, in real life, people are discriminated
From Beyond the Grave IIII'm dead...aren't I?From Beyond the Grave III7 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
I'm still getting used to that
I never thought it would happen to me
I screwed up big time, didn't I?
After that...thing came in and blew us away
I don't remember much
When I woke
They told me I was lucky to be alive
And that you...
You might not make it
I don't know why that hit me hard
But when I saw you...
I wondered how someone so strong
Someone who seemed so indestructable
Could be laying before me
I don't know why I never tried competing with you
You were always a friend
And sometimes I admit I'd flirt a little
But it's my nature
We both knew nothing would come of it
But when you got mad at me for it
Ghor and Gandrayda had been sent out
And they told me I was to be sent to Bryyo
I didn't want to go
I wanted to stay and help repair
But they said to go
And that was the last time I saw you
Once I landed, things began to change
I found myself watching my body become corrupted and violent
I would kill not just the bad
But the goo