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Provide a quick description of your theme in your submitted comment.
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OC Mary-Sue Test 2.1OC Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu TestOC Mary-Sue Test 2.15 years ago in Writing More Like This
This test is designed for Original Characters. Questions for Role Play Characters and Fan Characters will be added soon.
Now, this tests for both the traditional Mary Sue/Gary Stu, and for 'gloomdog' style characters, which I suppose is a sub-category of the Mary Sue, but is often over-looked in this kind of test.
Further down this test, there is a list of traits and characteristics, each one stating how many points that particular trait is worth. Simply read through the list, and give your character the appropriate number of points for each of the listed traits/characteristics displayed by your character.
When you reach the end of the list, add up all of your character's points and refer to the results at the very bottom of the test to see (approximately) where your character is on the Sue Scale.
Now, while you're taking this test please also take into account
Proofreading Tips #3: Indefinite PronounsProofreading Tips #3: Indefinite Pronouns3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Why are these important when proofreading? It's knowing when to use a singular or a plural verb. The "indefinite" part of these pronouns refers to the fact that the subject is undefined.
Many writers fall into the grammar trap by assuming that because the pronoun is referencing multiple entities, it requires a plural verb. Often it just "won't sound right" otherwise. But when these entities are referred to as a collective, a singular verb is the word you'll want to use. Examples of singular verb indefinite pronouns include:
Here are some examples of what I mean by a sentence "not sounding right" but it really is technically correct:
"Neither of the students wants to join her for lunch."
See that? Neither is actually the subject--"neither wants"--but because we add clarification that we are referring to students, it doesn't sound right. This can
Proofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive AdverbsProofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive Adverbs3 years ago in Writing More Like This
...Wow, that's a mouthful! These suckers are used to attach two independent clauses as one single sentence. Many people have confusion about when to use commas, semicolons, and colons. Semicolon conjunctive adverbs are helpful to emphasize the relationship between two thoughts (as opposed to separate sentences). Here is a list of words commonly used for this:
Some examples in sentences include:
"She arrived to school late; consequently, the teacher did not accept her homework."
"Man could not overcome the demon army; thus, the age of darkness was born."
"He forgot his lunch; additionally, he had no umbrella for the rain."
Note that these are different from conjunction words such as "and," "but," and "or." These attach two independent clauses with a comma.
Profile Pic: Making A Character Profile SheetProfile Pic: Making A Character Profile Sheet2 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
Once upon a time, I ran out of things to complain about. And so it was with a heavy heart that I hung up my tutorial-guide hat forever, never to be heard from again…
Just kidding, my life just got massively complicated for a year or so and I didn’t have the time to write anything. I doubt I’ll ever stop complaining. It’s for your benefit. I promise.
Now, how about we smoothly segue into the topic of character profile sheets? For the sake of this guide, I’m talking about sheets in which people include an image of a character they’ve made, along with a slew of information about the character, includi
Let's code! Background PropertiesIntroductionLet's code! Background Properties3 years ago in Journal and Gallery Tutorials More Like This
Custom shapes and images are an integral part of any journal skin. They can include buttons, icons, header backgrounds, dividers, textures - sometimes the whole design is one big, sliced image artwork with a text area so one can rightly call it a journal skin. Other times the custom image usage is low or non-existent, and you wouldn't believe how coders make their skins rock anyway (or because). In this Let's code! I'm going to address the different background properties and their values.
1. The Background Property: Structure
+ a nifty tip
1.6 Shorthand Form
1. The Background Property: Structure
The Exposure Triangle TutorialThe Exposure Triangle Tutorial2 years ago in Photography More Like This
So, you've got your spiffy new DSLR because you wanted to take your hobby to the next level. You've gone trigger happy and annoyed all your friends with that constant clicking noise and blinding light. You've taken some pretty decent shots in Auto Mode, but they don't always turn out the way you want them too. Your photos are sometimes too bright, too dark, blurry or (unintentionally) grainy.
This tutorial aims to help you to explore your camera's Manual Mode in order to improve the quality of your work and to give you much more control over the outcome.
The Exposure Triangle
The Exposure Triangle consists of three main points: ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. Understanding these three things is key to becoming a better photographer and getting the result you want. In my
Punctuation BasicsPunctuation Basics8 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing is like math. If you dont follow the right formula, you end up in a state of mass confusion. Synonymously, punctuation is like following a map. If you miss the street signs, youll end up completely lost. The following is a list of common English punctuation marks and their most basic functions. Contrary to popular belief, there are no exceptions to these rules. Breaking them has never been in style.
The most common English punctuation marks include the following:
. = period
? = question mark
! = exclamation point
, = comma
= quotation marks
; = semicolon
: = colon
- = hyphen
( ) = parentheses
. . . = ellipse
Wow, thats a lot of symbols! So, how do you use them as you write? Here's a quick and dirty list.
1) Every sentence must end in a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
2) A comma signifies a pause, distinguishes betw
Commission Information Page Dolls Added!Commission Information ForCommission Information Page Dolls Added!3 years ago in Literature Templates More Like This
Hearts [B/Light Blue] by RevPixyHearts [B/Light Blue] by RevPixy
Commissions [Open] by RevPixy
Points [Accept] by RevPixyPaypal [Accept] by RevPixy
First Time Commissioning? Please Read EVERYTHING. I Wrote It all Down For A Reason <3
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For each individual character added, the price is doubled (i.e. 1 Icon=$8. 2 Icons=$16 and so on)
When paying with Paypal; a fee is added into the overall price (i.e. $8=$8.54)
When Paying with Points; Please WAIT until AFTER I have finished your commission
I'm My #1 Fan: Why Self-Adoration Is DangerousI'm My #1 Fan: Why Self-Adoration Is Dangerous3 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
This may be one of my more controversial tutorials as of yet.
And yet, I'm not here to talk about a traditional writing topic. This is about attitude. Specifically, I want to talk about an author's attitude towards their stories and their talent in general.
I read a lot of amateur stories on dA, and I do mean a LOT. But one thing that I've noticed is that many writers and artists have what I call "#1 Fan Syndrome." That's where the writer is so deeply in love with their work that their creation suffers. This is especially true when it comes to characters. I hear a lot of people say that their characters are