Notes on writing dialogueDialogue can be one of the most challenging components of writing fiction. Often, the conversations come off feeling too forced or too clunky, lacking in natural rhythm.Notes on writing dialogue10 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
However, improving one's dialogue-writing skills is well within anyone's reach, especially considering that there is an art form solely devoted to dialogue: plays/screenplays. We are going to look at how to take tips and pointers from these things, and apply them to our own writing.
He would never say that!
Have you ever watched a movie or seen a play and thought, “Geeze, no one would ever say something like that.” Or maybe, “Why would they word it like that?” You know what I mean; where the delivery of the line is directed more toward the audience rather than the other character in the scene.
Maybe it's just poor acting; more likely, it's that the writer was lazy and didn't care if the line was out of character, or the writer simply added too much information
Making Utau Voice Sound NiceMaking Utau Voice Sound Nice3 years ago in Comedy More Like This
Here's Directions how to make a male voicebank sound good in UTAU. For female voices, just skip steps 2 and 3.
1)push Ctrl A on your keyboard (this will select everything and turn notes from blue to pink)
2)Click Menu (E)
3) Then Menu(N)
4) type in -12 and hit ok
5) right click any note
6) select bottom option on the menu
7) the second option down where you see a % sign type in 0 (next to word that says チジュレーション)
8) directly under that (in outline gray box area) press first button on the right (it says クリア）
9) click box next to BRE and hit space bar
10) click box next to Flags and hit space bar
11) click box next to STP and hit space bar
12) hit ok
13) click menu (T), then (U), then (C)
14) If you have never done this before, next to あ、い、う、え、お put a comma right after お and write a, e, i, o, u (with
Dreams and Nightmares (a Nalu story) pat 1The sun was setting over the Heartfilia Mansion and five year old Lucy was lost in the garden. Her chocolate eyes were filled with tears as she continued to search for an exit but every turn was a dead end. Suddenly, she tripped other a stone and scraped her knee. Lucy sat down in a corner shivering and began to cry.Dreams and Nightmares (a Nalu story) pat 12 years ago in Romance More Like This
“Lucy?” said honey silk voice.
Lucy lifted her small head to see and young beautiful woman in a pink dress rushing towards her.
“Mama!” she cried in relief and hugged her mother, Layla Heartfilia. “Mama, I’m sorry that I went into the garden without you. I was so scared.”
“Shh,” her mother said trying to sooth the whimpering child while hugging her, “It’s alright. I am just glad don’t hu- oh no, did you hurt yourself?”
Layla frowned when she saw blood trickling from Lucy’s knee.
“Come on, let’s go inside and clean you put,” her mother put on a smile and took Lucy
Warrior Cats Name DictionaryHello and welcome to the warrior cats name dictionary! Here you can look at all the prefixes and suffixes and what they mean, helping you create the perfect name for an OC or character. Let's get started!Warrior Cats Name Dictionary9 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Acorn - Naive; outgoing; curious; appearance of an acorn.
Adder - Aggressive; loyal; appearance of an adder.
Amber - Pushy; strict; amber-furred.
Ant - Cooperative; cocky; appearance of an ant.
Apple - Sweet; friendly; multi-skilled; appearance of an apple.
Arch - Strict; aggressive; observant; appearance.
Ash - Independent; moody; determined; appearance of ashes.
Badger - Hardworking; strong; aggressive; appearance of a badger.
Bark - Secretive; reserved; appearance of bark.
Bat - Good eyes (appearance or usage); loyal; cooperative; appearance of
My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide5 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
How To be HappyHow To be Happy:How To be Happy2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A Simple and Humourous Guide:
Often we find ourselves feeling unhappy, feeling depressed and weepy (some would say whiny), but the truth is that all of us feel undeniably shitty. Therefore, having plenty of experience in this area, I have taken it upon myself to present to you this simple guide.
Righto, you all want to be happy, but none of you are. You've tried several things:
1. Posted a shitty status on Facebook hoping someone will pay attention to you.
2. Cried after no one liked your post because you have no friends.
3. Submitted your post to DA secrets so they could use it.
4. Felt better for about 30 seconds since people faved your secret.
5. If 4 didn't apply, you cried about it some more and then went to Tumblr for the next six hours.
My dear friends, this cycle is not the solution. You are not making yourself feel better, you are making all of our art look worse, especially with step 3! Hence,
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
Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad Worldbuilding3 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where
The Process of GrievingI’ve lost the only person that mattered.The Process of Grieving3 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
The sound of our laughter,
Is replaced with just the pitter-patter
I never realized how cold
It can truly be.
How low you could really sink.
Until you’ve lost the last thing that meant anything.
So tell me now,
What I am supposed to do.
I’ve lost you.
And I am not sure how,
To dig myself out of the ground.
‘Cause the day you died.
It was the day that I buried myself alive.
Because you took the last piece of me,
You were my umbrella,
But you got taken out of my hands
By the wind.
So I am standing all alone and exposed now.
Letting the rain drown
Character Creation TutorialCharacter Creation TutorialCharacter Creation Tutorial6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
How to effectively develop a realistic and likable character for novels and fanfiction.
Table of Contents:
I. A Name
II. Physical Attributes
III. Style & Personality
It can be assumed that developing a plot and storyline is self explanatory. If not, you can find another tutorial for that. This tutorial will focus primarily on the thought-process of creating new characters with depth.
I. A name is the first step. Try to match the character to their name, or somehow integrate the character's name into the storyline or progression of the character's maturity and personality. For example, a character who is dark and moody would probably not be named Star unless this contradiction holds some meaning in the story. (In a comedy it would have a nice effect, but in a drama or serious story, not so much).
If you can't think of a name you can go to places like babynames.com or google for assistance
17 ways to tell your obsessed with anime17 ways to tell your obsessed with anime:17 ways to tell your obsessed with anime3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
1.You frequently catch yourself thinking about your favorite anime
2. You have a picture of your favorite anime character as either your cell phone or computer background, or as both
3.You have dreams about anime
4.Your perfectly willing to stay up late to watch anime on TV
5. You have drawn your favorite character at least 3 times
6.You're planning to dress to as an anime character for Halloween
7. You have an anime character as either your facebook profile pic, or your deviantart profile pic, or both
8.You haven't gone a week without reading or watching anime
9.You have fantasies about your anime crushes
10. You'd rather date an anime character then a real guy or girl
11.Your still reading this
12.Your finding out which ones apply to you
13.Your probably finding out which ones apply to your friends
14.You classify yourself as an anime freak
15.You have anime merchandise(hats,shirts,toys,etc.....)
16.You can't leave the house with out somethin
3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete BS3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete Bullshit3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete BS3 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Today, I spent a good many hours scouring the internet for tips on improving my writing. You know, useful and practical suggestions for someone who has actually written a bit and wants hints on some of the finer points of writing—you know, as opposed to just wanting to learn how to get publishers interested in the latest Hunger Games or Twilight knock-off. Well, other than the two masters of storytelling—Stan Lee and Stephen King—I found nothing. I thought to myself, “Blake, even you could offer better writing advice than this!” And so I have. Here are three non-subjective tips for the beginning writer.
Tip 1: Pay attention to “Point of View” (POV)
The first mistake I made in writing my novel, and one that I have seen in every single beginning writer's work that I have edited since, is that I did not really pay attention to POV and narration. When telling a story, it is important to rememb
5 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Villain5 Qualities Readers Want to See in Your Story's Villain5 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Villain3 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
A story is only as good as its villain. And while the antagonist of your story does not have to be a “villain,” they do have to live up to certain reader expectations if you want your story to be of any merit. So here are the top 5 qualities that readers want and need to see in your story's villain.
Quality 1: Your villain should be a dynamic, true-to-life character.
Remember, we are talking villains here, not monsters. And unlike a monster, a villain should be a person. This means that no matter what race, gender, or even species, your audience should be able to empathize on a certain level with them. Doing so makes the story feel real, and creates complex emotions for the audience as well as the hero.
Quality 2: Your villain should be more powerful than the hero.
This does not mean that you villain has to be stronger in every way. I means that the villain should have something that gives them a distinct edge over the
Reach Out to Me: Homestuck x ReaderReach Out to Me: Homestuck x ReaderReach Out to Me: Homestuck x Reader1 year ago in Drama More Like This
"Reader: Be (f/n) (l/n)."
Well, you'll try.
Your name is (y/n), and there's been this thought in your head for a while now. It's this idea itching at your mind. A solution to the things that a hurting. It's just seems so right to you, like it's the answer. The perfect way to make the aching feeling consuming you go away.
There have been a lot of things going on recently. They aren't very good things, and you wish they'd stop. You've put in effort to try and make it stop, but it's like a domino effect. One thing happens and then something else follows it.
It probably started with your parents. They keep disappearing for weeks on end. They have great jobs to help support you, but they're always busy. They travel, or they have too much work to stay at home long. They're happy with what they're doing, so you try to support them like they do for you. That doesn't mean you don't miss when they used to
How to create an UTAUloidHow to create an UTAUloid4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello, thanks for clicking this.
In this tutorial, I will tell you a bit more about how to make an UTAUloid.
First, you must ask yourself:
What language do I want to make my UTAUloid sing in?
Most people use so called "recording lists", also known as "reclist" to record the sounds used for their UTAUloid. Without a reclist, recording is almost impossible for a newbie like you.
These links have a lot of great reclist.
Maybe you can find one that is for your language!
Two CV VC lists: One in Japanese, one in Bulgarian.
A (kind of) complicated English reclist.
Many CV reclists in languages such as English, Dutch, Spanish, Filipino.
Some of them are not perfect.
... What? There is none that is in your language?
You can still try searching on oth
Summoning Cthulhu For DummiesHow To Summon the Dark Priest CthulhuSummoning Cthulhu For Dummies9 years ago in Humor More Like This
Ten Easy Steps to Awaken Your Very Own Eldritch Horror
Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered what strange, unearthly phantoms seeped down from them in aeons past? Ever wanted to prove your worth to the entire world and simultaneously erase the stain of humanity from its surface? Ever had an overwhelming urge to seek out the forbidden knowledge posessed by those who cannot be named? Well, now you can do all these things, and many more! Great Cthulhu, the High Priest of the horrific Elder Gods, lies dreaming in the sunken city at the bottom of the primal ocean, and now the power to raise him from his ancient slumber is in your hands! Just follow these easy instructions to the letter, and you'll be singlehandedly responsible for the demolition of everything pure in the universe in no time!
1. Find ye the Necronomicon.
This step is often difficult, as the Necronomicon, written by the mad Arab Abdul Al
TransgenderWhat makes a boy a boy or a girl a girl?Transgender4 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Is it what's between their legs?
What's on their chest or lack thereof?
The clothes they wear?
What happened to 'It's what's on the inside that counts'?
I bind my chest
I wear baggy clothes
I try my best to act the role of what I am on the inside
Still society knows me as 'Jessica'.
Who is Jessica?
Jessica is the little girl that died when I was 6.
Jessica is the girl who's body I own.
Jessica is the random jumble of syllables and letters that don't fit the person on the inside.
So who is on the inside?
On the inside is Jarek.
Jarek is the boy who was born when Jessica died.
Jarek is the boy who's stuck in this girl's body.
Jarek is the boy who suffers to try to make society see him.
Jarek is the boy who's always cast in th
Skull Preservation TutorialSkull Preservation Tutorial5 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
England x Sick! ReaderEngland x Sick! Reader2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You felt nauseous as you lied in your warm bed. You tried not to move, afraid if you did, you would throw up last nights dinner. Ever since you had waken up you had been staring up at the ceiling, nothing on your mind, and the whole world seeming to be quiet as you lay there. Out of nowhere you heard the doorbell, but still, you lay there, hoping the person would leave. The doorbell rung a couple more times, as if the person was impatient and really needed you at the moment. After two minutes, it had finally stopped, and you closed your eyes, trying to sleep.
Suddenly you heard your bedroom open, and your eyes shot open. You looked over to the door and saw your good friend England, or otherwise known as Arthur. You were very happy to see him, probably because you had loved him with all your heart. He stood there in the doorway, looking at you with a worried expression. His eyebrows furrowed and he kept staring at you. "(Name)? Are you okay? I j
Doujinshi-Getting StartedDoujinshi-Getting Started12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
If you\'re a fan of drawing or a fan of anime or manga, then it\'s going to cross your mind at the very least once--\'it would be cool if I could make my own comic!\' However, this thought is usually closely followed by another thought that reads something along the lines of, \"Wow...that would be a lot of hard work...I don\'t even know where to start,\" and your ide may have been quickly abandoned or slowly forgotten, depending on how keen you were on the idea in the first place.
And that\'s where this article comes in; so many wonderfuly talented artists just don\'t know where to begin. I will now break down the process of creating a comic, or at least my version of it as i am sure that my methods and opinions will probably differ from those of others.
Now, before I get into a list of tools and methods, I\'m going to start off with the basics of characters and plot and location, etc.
Now many of you are probably already groaning, but a lot of people just dive into a comic
435 Writing Prompts!1. Violinist. (Or violin)435 Writing Prompts!3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
3. Paper aeroplane.
4. Dandelion seed.
6. She sings.
7. Dragonfly toes.
8. A stolen ring.
9. Broken wristwatch.
10. Missing tooth.
12. Fairytale gone wrong.
19. Lucky rabbit's paw.
24. 1000 paper cranes.
27. Puppet show.
28. Triskaidekaphobia. (Fear of the number thirteen.)
30. Letters to the moon.
32. Ballet shoes.
35. Breathless. (Or, breathlessly.)
36. Tachycardia. (An unusually fast heartbeat.)
37. Bradycardia. (A very slow heartbeat.)
40. Strobe light.
42. Fake quirks.
43. Contact lenses.
44. Siren. (Either the mythological creature, or the object.)
46. Comet in a bottle.
50. Tarot card.
England X Reader: Much Different in PersonEngland X Reader: Much Different in Person2 years ago in Romance More Like This
England X Reader: Much Different in Person
You looked to Arthur with a look of surprise when he presented you a meal of a classic chicken cutlet, French fries and a huge bottle of sprite. You eyed the food that was so perfectly placed on the table and then back at him. It looked good. From the smell to even the way it was presented, not a spot of burnt meat was placed.
“What is it?” He looked to you with concern.
You shook your head and began to eat. “Nothing. It just looks really good.”
He laughed as he sat himself down. “Ha-ha, good thing I don’t cook as bad as my character.”
On YouTube, TV, Deviantart, and even fanfiction.net, news of the Hetalia nations were widespread. From their daring personalities to their simple means of racial foolery, you and everyone who watched was hooked. Your biggest crush was Arthur Kirkland, known as Britain or even England. From the way he acted on TV you were ce