Writing tipsWriting tips6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Originality and creativity are wonderful, but there are some rules in writing which cannot be avoided:
Do your research and get facts right. Sulfuric acid is H2SO4, not xp3zyj2. With fantasy, you have open slather, but truth cannot be bent.
Keep a list of your research.
Write what you know about. If you have no experience of life as a cabin-boy or hot-air balloonist, your attempts to describe events in such lives will be unconvincing to many and laughable to those who do, unless your research is impeccable.
Take examples/events from your own past and weave them in.
Keep a table called a 'timeline'.
Be very, very careful not to mix persons and tenses in the one section or work.
Do try to get your verb/subject agreement right: " 'There is the juice and salad,' he said" will never be acceptable.
Be very careful of non-sequiturs, such as: 'Table for sale by woman with three legs.'
Use single quotes for speech. They are less intrusive and save on ink!
Use italics sparingly, for empha
Writing Tutorial of DEWMOkay, so Ive been getting some requests by a couple of people to do a tutorial on how to write things you know with the contest coming up and all This is basically just a guide to help kick you off in the right direction. ^_^ REAL writing skill comes with experience not with bookwork.Writing Tutorial of DEWM8 years ago in Writing More Like This
Okay, so first thing is first The general writing basics. Most of you probably know these already, but it wont hurt to review them, nee? XD
The bottom line of starting a story on the right foot is
Never, never, NEVER EVER EVER EVER start it with a, Hi, my name is or This is a story about DO NOT DO IT. If you cant think of another way to start the story, THEN JUST DONT WRITE IT AT ALL. It is THAT important. For serious readers having a look, this is a huge red flag that says, Hey this person cant write! and then from that point on, youll have to try to redeem y
Acrostic Haiku - New FormSunny days,Acrostic Haiku - New Form7 years ago in Other More Like This
Palpable by all,
In the end,
Nature is dry and
Gaia is salt
I have created an extremely difficult variation of the haiku. Yes, some will not like it, but I assure you: this is no walk in the park. Like the regular Haiku, this form also incorporates the 3-5-3 or the 5-7-5 syllable rule. However - to add a wonderful twist - I've blended the form of poetry known as Acrostic to the mix. In the past, I've found that the Acrostic form of poetry is one of the most easy forms of poetry to take on, so I decided that I wanted to make it a little harder. I think I've succeeded in that venture.
Continuing with the rules of the Acrostic Haiku, you must realize that only words that consist of 3, 6, 9, 12, etc letters can be used in this form. If you use say an 8 letter word, your last haiku/stanza will not be complete, because you'll end up with a 3-5 or a 5-7 instead of t