In Oz: Talking Cats
In Oz: Talking Cats
* An escalation by BeautifulExperience *
I wish I had this one in a bigger size! Wow!
J: i know!!
So I see, you don't have it in a bigger size. So what! Let's imagine what it feels like being this cat, seeing with these eyes and feeling all the power and energy of this wild one. It must be great to be on the hunt and to do just this one thing to survive.
J: im a cat person...i just love their eyes!!
Yeah, their eyes are beautiful! Sometimes I feel very small when they look at me, and it sends a shiver down my spine. They are mighty creatures, their bodies so muscular and flexible, sexy in a wild way.
J: i have to agree with you!!
Well, then you just feel the same as me, and perhaps like me you are dreaming sometimes of crazy and wild things. Thank God for our imagination!
J: i do dream of those things but somtimes i actually do them with my sister.....just to be silly!!
It's great to be silly. Serious people just play in cag
7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue1) Dialogue in fiction is nothing like how people talk in real life. It’s fine to use "as heard in real-life" phrasing, but real-life dialogue is often meaningless. Every single word spoken in fiction must be dripping with meaning. If it has more than one meaning (subtext), all the better.7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue4 months ago in Writing More Like This
2) Start the conversation late and exit early. No one wants to read small talk, hellos, or goodbyes unless they add meaning to the story … which is almost never.
3) Dialogue should always progress the plot or character development. No info dumping in dialogue, please. Only put quotation marks around what you can actually envision the character saying in that particular scene, knowing and feeling what that particular character knows and feels. What you want your readers to know has nothing to do with what a character actually says. After all, that's why stories have narration.
4) Be un
How to Develop Story ConflictHow to Develop Story Conflict1 year ago in Writing More Like This
Conflict is the central element of any story. It’s what keeps us on the edge of our seats and turning page after page until 3:00am. Or, as Wikipedia puts it, narrative conflict is “an inherent incompatibility between the objectives of two or more characters or forces. Conflict creates tension and interest in a story by adding doubt as to the outcome.”
So how do you create this all-important conflict in your stories? Well, it all starts in the development process. There are three basic steps to developing conflict, and they follow a specific logical progression because, ultimately, developing a good story is an exercise in logic. So let’s jump right in.
Step 1) Scope
The first step is drawing the boundaries of your story’s scope. That might seem like a weird place to start, but scope will determine nearly every other aspect of your story.
The key here is to determine what within the world of your story is out of balance.
The 10 Worst Story OpeningsThe 10 Worst Story Openings2 years ago in Writing More Like This
*disclaimer* I did not come up with all this all by my lonesome, it kind of evolved from things I read by other people when researching how I should start something I was writing, and I noticed a lot of people were saying pretty much the same things. I know I’m cynical and I know there are bountiful exceptions to these so-called “rules.” These are just things to avoid or be careful about.
1. Waking up.
“BEEEP BEEP RIIIING RIIING, the alarm clock jerks 14 year old Jessica Parker out of a sound sleep. She groans and fumbles to shut it off. Her mom calls from the next room, ‘Hurry up Jessie you’re going to be late!’ Jessie wills herself to get up, and get ready for school. She looks into the mirror at her frizzy red hair, which always turns into a rat’s nest after sleeping. As she begins to brush out her tangled locks, her annoying little brother comes running into the roo
Fan Fiction Basics: Purple ProseFan Fiction Basics: Purple Prose6 months ago in Writing More Like This
Every author has their own style. If I so desired I could write an entire tutorial on the subject of writing style. However, if you’re really that interested, there are a number of exhaustive guides on the subject available at your local library. Rather than tackling that topic, let's talk about one thing that strikes terror into the hearts of most authors: purple prose.
Don’t misunderstand. Purple prose definitely has its place in fan fiction. As a fan author, I love writing some very purple stories. Where's the fun in writing if you can’t play around a little bit?
Regardless of my feelings on the subject, purple prose is generally considered out of place in the world of professional literature. It’s the cousin nobody likes to talk about and good authors steer clear. As an author, it’s up to you to decide how you write your stories. I simply felt that it might be appropriate to talk a little about this subject since I know that it tends to get over
Adding Character FLAWSAdding Character FLAWS11 months ago in Writing More Like This
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Characters have to have flaws, but sometimes it's a bit hard to add those flaws in.
-- Concerned About Characters
First of all...
What is a character Flaw?
A character's Flaw is a crack in their personality and/or talent. Something that both helps them AND harms them. Kind of the way true artists (and brilliant nerds) tend to also be serious flakes, and really socially awkward. This is actually because they spend so much time perfecting their talents that they simply aren't around people enough to correct their social skills. 'K?
Where do you Put a Character's Flaws?
A character's greatest strength should appear in the first scene that character occupies. The character's Flaw makes its first appearance at the end of that scene -- but only a hint of it.
Scene One: If the opening scene features the main character, I show that character In Action<
Fan Fiction Basics: DialogueFan Fiction Basics: Dialogue9 months ago in Writing More Like This
The most common mistake I see in fan fiction from any fandom is pretty obvious: dialogue and punctuation.
While a full punctuation tutorial would be a little long, I thought that I would go ahead and try to brief you on the hows and whats of writing dialogue and what punctuation you should be using.
So, let's start by talking about the basics:
What is dialogue?
Dialogue is speech. Really, that's it. Speech. It's a major thing. It happens in almost every story (there are exceptions), and it usually makes up the bulk of how readers perceive characters, decide whether or not they're in character and also decide whether or not the author can tell their ass from an ash tray. That's kind of important. Anything your character says, whether it's a single word or a monologue
Fan Fiction Basics: PunctuationFan Fiction Basics: Punctuation6 months ago in Writing More Like This
These tutorials are the Fan Fiction Basics. Let’s face it, it doesn’t get more basic than punctuation. Everybody uses punctuation, even the really terrible authors. Unfortunately, using punctuation and knowing when to use it are two very different things.
Let’s take a look at your everyday ordinary punctuation and see what you need to use where. There are two sections of every story. Dialogue is the area where your characters are speaking. Description (usually referred to as exposition) is everything else. Keep that in mind when you are using punctuation, because it can change depending on which you are dealing with.
That is a period. You should recognize it. It’s the single most common piece of punctuation in the English language. A period has only two real uses. It can be used to end a sentence or to end an abbreviation. You may find other uses for it, depending on your fandom. Modern fandoms and th
Story Arc ExplainedStory Arc Explained1 year ago in Writing More Like This
In every writing community, terms like "plot" and "development" and "arc" are constantly thrown around, and everyone expects everyone else to know what they mean without ever clearly defining them. Sure, vague advice about the importance of character development and story structure are great and all, but how do you actually do it? Aside from style and grammar, what are the mechanics behind a well-told story?
What does a good story look like?
The answer is surprisingly simple. Not easy, but simple. Every good story does one thing well: it asks a question, deliberates it, then answers it. This provides a framework of three acts that create what's called dramatic tension.
Here are some examples of what this looks like:
The Little Mermaid
Act one: Will Ariel become human so she can be with the man she loves?
Showing Vs. Telling: Demonstrating the DifferenceShowing Vs. Telling: Demonstrating the Difference3 months ago in Writing More Like This
Showing Vs. Telling
Demonstrating the Difference
Hey, it's me, bloedzuigerbloed! Some of you may be familiar with my
"Improve Your Writing! Tips and Techniques" and
"Characters: Using them, making them, voicing them" journals. While those (excessively long) journals covered many topics, it's time to add a bit more onto each of those by giving the important ideas their own tutorial.
Table of Contents
Click each item to jump down to it!
Introduction to Showing Vs. Telling
How to Show Instead of Tell
When It's Better to Tell Instead of Show
Fan Fiction Basics: Canon, Fanon and HeadcanonFan Fiction Basics: Canon, Fanon and Headcanon10 months ago in Writing More Like This
Fan authors have a completely different set of problems from original fiction authors. Unique vocabulary is something every fan author has to tackle. While all of the standard things (plot, characters, etc.) still apply, there is one set of terms that original authors never have to deal with: canon, fanon and headcanon.
I'll explain the differences between these three things. However, please be aware that not everyone agrees on the definitions. The definitions that I am handing you are those that apply in the strictest sense. They may be slightly different depending on your fandom. Ready? Here we go.
Canon is facts, information and events presented in the source material your story is based on.
Generally speaking, canon is information which is shown or explicitly told to the reading or viewing audience. This can include details such as character ages, events that have happened and even the way
From Idea to STORYFrom Idea to STORY11 months ago in Writing More Like This
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How do you develop an idea? How do you come up with the details behind stories? Do you get them from reading books? Do you get them from modern concepts? Or do they just come to you (if so, lucky you XD)? How do you develop the world in which it takes place? People or settings first? Do you include cults/religions/mass groups? How do you come up with these groups?
-- Thoughtful Writer
In other words, what you want to know is:
How do you build a Story from an Idea?
Let's begin by breaking this huge pile of questions down to smaller, bite-sized pieces...
How do you develop an idea?
I start with a Climactic Event.
-- My ideas may originate from anything at all; from a piece of music to a picture I saw on the 'net, but to make a Story from those ideas I start with What I Want to Happen at the very heart of my story -- a central Climactic/Crisis Event. I t
Plot Twists - A Few Quick TipsFirst things first--plot twists have to be planned if you really want to pull them off. It’s hard to add a good or even passible plot twist after you’ve already started planning and writing your story. If you think you need a twist because what you’re writing doesn’t seem able to stand on it’s own or isn’t interesting enough without a twist, adding a one in isn’t going to help much. You’ve got to plan the twist from the beginning so that it make sense and, while it still surprises the reader, they won’t feel like you cheated or tried to pull one over on them.Plot Twists - A Few Quick Tips7 months ago in Writing More Like This
Once you know why your story should have a plot twist and what the twist is, exactly, there are a few different ways to keep it a surprise to your readers until the big reveal. One common methods is a red herring, or leading your readers to suspect one thing is going to happen and then surprising them with something else instead. This is common in mysteries when the detectives
Fan Fiction Basics: Good NightFan Fiction Basics: Good Night10 months ago in Writing More Like This
Good night, good-night and Goodnight.
Confusing? You bet. Most people have no clue how to tell someone to have a good night. And somehow, I managed to get into an argument about this, so I figure I might as well sort it out and save some of you from grammatically related frustration.
So, let me start by saying that “Goodnight" is a surname. Not an actual word. Awkward? Yes. I, personally, would hate to have the last name Goodnight, because that seems like it could get pretty damn confusing.
Think about it:
"No, I was calling your name."
On to “good night”. Good night, as you may have noticed, is two words. It is precisely as
How to Improve Your Writing StyleHow to Improve Your Writing Style2 years ago in Writing More Like This
While I’ve written articles about writing style in the past, they were designed mostly to define what style is and didn’t provide much help for improvement. This article contains some practical tips I’ve discovered that will actually help you improve your style and hopefully provide a foundation for why good style matters. I believe good style is important for many reasons, but mostly because I want my readers to feel like the time they spent with my story was worthwhile, pleasant, and maybe even a little enlightening.
“All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” – Steve Almond
“Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” – Kurt Vonnegut
1) Be clear.
“To be clear is the first duty of a writer; to charm and to please are graces to be acquired later
FMA OC Guidebook: AlchemyFMA OC Guidebook: Alchemy4 years ago in Writing More Like This
FMA OC Guidebook: Alchemy
So exactly how does alchemy work in fma?
Well.. After analyzing the hell out of almost every instance of its use I could possibly remember and then doing hours more research. (Is it normal for me to have this much of an obsession? Yeah... I don't think soo ANYHOO ) I finally am ready to put together my guidebook result of what I have learned. This is still a work in progress so bear with me (g-d help me make this good)
How Alchemy Works
Ok, the first thing to understand is that alchemy is a science; this is what differentiates it from magic. This is why it's so much of a skill to learn.
What is actually happening when you preform alchemy?
Alchemic acts as stated by the series are consistent of three stages; Analysis, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Let's go over each of these
This is probably the most unclear one of the three. Beyond just the basic knowledge of what it is