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 dialogue9 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
Character Creation GuideThere are no hard, permanently set rules for creating a character, but there are things that work and things that don't.Character Creation Guide4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
By this point most people are familiar with the term 'Mary Sue' or 'Gary Stu'. They're words used to categorize a particular brand of underwhelming characters. A 'Mary Sue' is just an extreme stereotype example, just as some other terms are. Everyone who knows of them knows how to avoid making one -- or think they know. A character that isn't a 'Mary Sue' is not immediately compelling. The avoidance of the extreme does not mean the character is awesome, it just means they don't suck at the most extreme level.
For all intents and purposes a character is a person separate from their creator. Sometimes a character might be the embodiment of what a owner wants to be or how they see themselves; we call this a self-insert, and this should be avoided. Each character is going to have a different style. Each will speak, think and communicate different from
School, Tests, and All The RestI'm not smart enough for this.School, Tests, and All The Rest1 month ago in Free Verse More Like This
I have no answer for this question.
The more I search my brain,
The more I feel inadequate.
I cannot fathom the correct answer.
Didn't I study this for hours?
Why is your intellect based
On such trivial things?
Apparently, I am not as smart as I thought.
Why don't I know what to write?
This test is a nightmare.
Why can't I get this right?
The only thing about me I was proud of
Has now vanished
Because my textbook knowledge
Wasn't up to par.
9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero1 month ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
One of the most trending archetypes in modern literature and movies is the antihero. As such, it is also one of the most abused, used often to gain an automatic audience following, or to add sex appeal to a product. Alternatively, I see many beginning writers use the term “antihero” do describe a gritty, dark, or moody hero. All that being said—when created correctly, the antihero story is one of the best types available; which leaves only the matter of knowing the qualities which make a character into an antihero.
Quality 1: The Antihero has deep-rooted instincts to bring about both good and evil.
This is the primary difference that sets the antihero apart from heroes and villains. The antihero should never be just a moody hero that likes to dress in black clothing. Antiheroes are dynamic because they actually have the deep urge inside of them to do evil things, as well as good things. And a very good antihero should
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
25 Ways to Keep Writing Talk about your projects - share your ideas, progress and problems with the people in your life25 Ways to Keep Writing2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Write lists - to-do lists, shopping lists, wishlists, your character's to-do lists/shopping lists/wishlists
Keep a notebook in your pocket or bag and write down every idea, quote, observation that you find interesting
Listen to music that has inspired you in the past
Make connections with like minded people - join a club, find a writing buddy
Enrol in an art class - photography, needlecraft, writing, painting, cake decorating. Whatever you like. You might not be good at it but you'll be keeping your creativity alive. Stay creative.
Get a library card and use it - "Having fun is never hard when you've got a library card!"
Write in a different setting - go to a historical site, an open garden, a field, sit by a lake, find a nice spot in
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
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 Worldbuilding2 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
Artist Alley 101Artist Alley 1013 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
ARTIST ALLEY 101
Hi there deviantart guinea pigs! 8D I'm preparing an outline for a panel at A-kon! I have vast experience attending conventions and displaying my work. What I've written here are my total thoughts on how to do your first artist alley. It has not been made into an outline yet. What I'm needing is feedback, questions, and conversations about this information so I can decide what I might add or take away from this discussion before creating a final outline and hand out! Please help me! I'd really appreciate any comments you feel ready to leave! I am not really a comfortable public speaker, I only feel capable once I have prepared material extensively for the occasion.
Why to do an artist alley:
AA can turn a nice profit for a lot of people, but more often than not, First Con Ever is a learning experience more than a bountiful retail extravaganza. But before you shy away from losing money, consider that you'll probably pay more for a single college class and
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,
The Process of GrievingI’ve lost the only person that mattered.The Process of Grieving2 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
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
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 Dictionary8 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.
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 a bat.
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
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
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 Villain1 month 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
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
10 useful tips for becoming a better artistIn my growth as an artist I have come up with a few tips for others who wish to get better. I'm not trying to force anyone to change their style and I'm most definitely not trying to insult anyone. These tips are all something I have found useful in my experience as an artist.10 useful tips for becoming a better artist3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. Do not be afraid to use tutorials- A lot of people refrain from using tutorials because they want to develop their own style. There is nothing wrong with this, but using a tutorial does not mean you are just copying another artists style. Think of using tutorials as window shopping, there are a lot of things to look at and sometimes you find something worth taking a closer look at. If say, you have a hard time drawing hands and a certain tutorial has a useful tip on drawing hands there is absolutely nothing wrong with following the tutorial to improve your own style.
2. There is no shame in using reference or stock images- Again, some people refrain from doing this because they
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