The Problems With Stories Written by TeenagersDon't be offended at the title. "Teenagers" is just my way of saying "people who write unprofessional/shallow stories." Not all teenagers write shallow stories, it just sounds catchier.... Anyway.
The first thing I want to make clear is: I'm not talking about anything mechanical in this deviation. Grammar/spelling is important (obviously), but that point has been beaten to death by people on the internet already. My purpose, as always, is to talk about the stories themselves, regardless of the way they are communicated. Whether it be through written word or on-the-spot narration, I believe there are certain tricks to telling good stories. Not rules, mind you. Tricks.
I don't believe that telling good stories is about what you "should" do, rather than what you shouldn't. Example: people generally hate Mary Sues, right? Well, sometimes I notice things that are "like" Mary Sues, in the sense that they're equally as shallow/unprofessional ways of telling stories. The purpose of this deviat
The Problem with Self Inserts The Problem with Self InsertsThe Problem with Self Inserts in Reviews & Guides More Like This
There is nothing wrong with inserting yourself into a story. Like anything, it can be well done or... not so well done. The fact is, the majority of people who tend to write about self inserts happen to be beginners. Naturally, that causes there to be a pattern of certain, specific mistakes that are frequently found whilst reading anything on the internet. The purpose of this deviation isn't to say that self inserts are bad. I'm simply going to point out the most common mistakes that we usually encounter.
1. Making ourselves better than we really are.
Don't be fooled by the word "better." This can be replaced with mysterious, deep, dark, tragic, romantic, lovable... anything we want. Maybe a mix of a few of those things. The point is, the version of ourselves will be biased.
2. Not making anything bad happen to yourself
Let's talk about the word "bad." Does this mean something, perhaps, like... getting a disease? No. It means anything that interferes with
How Not to Write Love InterestsUPDATE: READ THE NEW EXTENSION TO THIS POST. LINK IN DESCRIPTION!How Not to Write Love Interests in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Despite the few who haven't caught on yet and still believe that "kids hate reading," we all know that these days, reading is popular.
"I'm just like Belle from Beauty in the Beast, because I love books," teenage girls are saying, while teens of both genders are sitting down to enjoy things like Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Eragon, Lord of the Rings and other more obscure titles.
This is just what we've been hoping for, isn't it? Kids and teens finally taking an interest in literature. It has finally become cool. They're thinking of themselves as rebels or nerds or hipsters, all of which are just new versions of the word cool.
Ah, finally people are spending their time having actual constructive hobbies.
...Or are they?
Here I am going to explore just how this isn't necessarily true; how sometimes your time can be better spent playing a good, mind-building video game or watching a wholesome, creative
An extension of How not to Write Love Interests“Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” - C.S LewisAn extension of How not to Write Love Interests in Reviews & Guides More Like This
This quote is about faith not love, but you can see how the same logic applies. If faith is not merely to "feel" as if you believe something, why should love be merely to "feel" that you like something?
In the end, faith is remembering you have reason to believe, and love is a choice about how you treat someone. Feelings are irrelevant. They are passing. They are constantly changing, and that's natural. They can indeed play a role in our decisions about relationships, but are a fickle factor to base an entire decision off of. It's like building a house on the sand. We're human beings with intelligence, and there is no such thing as a feeling so powerful we HAVE to act on it-that is fantasy.
What about circumstances? What about age? Can it ever be simply a waste of time?
On my last deviation, people arg
MOST COMMON CLICHES IN STORIESMOST COMMON CLICHES IN STORIES in Other More Like This
Crazy, psychopathic, murderer ladies
Sexy, butt-kicking girls
Depressed emo/goth/always-dresses-in-black types
The brown-haired girl with no personality
The mean, popular, snobby girl
Unreasonably cruel bullies out to make life harder for the main character
The best friend (if they were a good character who *happened* to be a best friend they wouldn't have to be described as this)
Fun fact: Making victim OCs is cliche
Another fun fact: how someone dresses is NOT their personality
Yet another fun fact: People who claim to be random really are not and they know it.
Super bonus fun fact: A character's breast size need NEVER be stated. The end.
Super de duper bonus fun fact: Please, spare us the paragraphs on what the character looks like. It is a story, not a fashion show. A few sentences with mentions of hair color or other select features you find necessary to point out(KEYWORD: NECESSARY) are perfect. After all, how
How Not to Tell a StoryAfter being on DeviantArt for a few years now, I've noticed patterns in people's stories. Patterns, that I can't say I've ever seen until I started using the internet. I believe that's because these kind of patterns are thoroughly unprofessional. The pattern in short is this:How Not to Tell a Story in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Character = victim
Plot = bad things happening to said victim
Maybe this sounds harsh. It's not if you understand that is ALL there is to these stories. They take any character, hurl them into a tragedy and that's it.
Let's get this straight: We do not know your character well enough to care about them yet. No matter how bloody and gutty their injuries are, no matter how many of their family members are deceased, no matter what their boyfriend did to them, no matter what kind of disease they have, WE. DO. NOT. CARE!!!!!
These kind of things are sad in themselves, but WHO is this person we're supposed to feel so horrible for? Establish THAT. It should be your absolute FIRST priority: no exceptions.
No more pasting
Is she Mary Sue? Clarifying Mary SueIs she Mary Sue? in Free Verse More Like This
So, I realize that everyone has heard of Mary Sue characters, but the thing that bothers me is that Mary has never really been as clarified as she could be. Girls go around crying Mary Sue at every character with long pink hair, then go and create even worse Mary Sue characters in the false illusion that they're making nonMary Sue characters (or even anti-Sues) when in fact they're doing the opposite. Allow me to explain how this seems to happen.
First of all the term "Mary Sue" desperately needs to be clarified to these people, so this brings us to the very important question: What IS a Mary Sue?
At least everyone can agree on one thing. Mary Sues are characters that are so perfect it's annoying.
But. What do they mean by perfect? Everyone has different ideas of that, naturally. Unfortunately, this is how many fanfiction (and other) writers make their biggest mistakes.
When you hear the name Mary Sue what pops up in your mind? A be
Why I Don't Believe in HatersHate is a strong word.Why I Don't Believe in Haters in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Did you ever hear someone say, "We need to stop bullying!" and wonder to yourself, when you have ever seen a stereotypical bully with big muscles and a black, ripped-up leather jacket pushing around smaller kids and stealing their lunch money?
Realizing this is obviously corny and unrealistic, you throw this idea away in the sewer where it belongs.
But then who are these bullies that everyone is talking about? It seems very interesting that bullying has (as they say) become such a very big problem nowadays... Hence the inspirational phrases, "haters gonna hate," and "don't judge," coming into popularity.
But again, which bullies are everyone referring to?
I'm not writing this to say that bullies don't exist. I'm not writing this to offend victims. I know bullying exists. You could say I'm merely writing this to make fun of "fake" bullies and "fake" victims. Nothing I say in this will absolutely hold true in every (if indeed, most) situations of bullying. I'm only
How to Judge a Book by its CoverWhen it comes to the "literature" from the Young Adult section at the library, I think it's gotten to the point that you can indeed judge a book by its cover.How to Judge a Book by its Cover in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Just because something is a book, does not mean that it doesn't make you stupid. Sometimes books can be brain-rotting, even more so than a good old, wholesome cartoon, if I may be so bold.
Today I will show you a guide about how to judge a book by its cover; that way you can conveniently know what books to avoid and which you decide are tolerable.
WARNING!!!!!!!! DO NOT CONFUSE THESE FOR GOOD BOOKS THAT HAVE SOME OF THE SAME TRAITS.
Okay, carry on:
Charlie Jackson is a teenage boy who is off to save the world from an evil foe. He and his best friend: Conveniently-Loyal-Steve, the girl he secretly admires for some unknown reason even though she's a huge jerk: Girls-Have-To-Be-Perfect-And-Tough-Or-Else-It's-Sexist-Jane, set off as an "unlikely" trio on a cliche adventure peppered with mostly sarca
Why I Judge People"Judge not, lest you be judged."Why I Judge People in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Christian or otherwise, these days it's everyone's favorite Bible verse.
Or is it?
Perhaps we should say, it's everyone's favorite Bible verse when taken out of context.
First of all, let's get this straight: it's telling us that we can't condemn people as in, "you're going to Hell!"
Respectfully telling someone, in their best interest, that what they're doing is wrong? Not so much.
If we only looked a little further, we would also notice verses such as:
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother."
Now that you don't have the Bible to back you up, there are a few things I would like to say about this obnoxious "NO JUDGING!!!!111" phase we're unfortunately going through at the moment.
If someone has sincerely (*non-immaturely) told you that they want you to go to Hell, you are excused. Mos
Making Fun of The Mortal InstrumentsI thought it would be interesting to write an example of a terrible story and explain which parts were badly written and why.Making Fun of The Mortal Instruments in Reviews & Guides More Like This
So I wrote a funny Snape and Lily fanfiction, but then I realized there was an even better example called The Mortal Instruments.
It's a series that was originally a Harry Potter fanfiction, and still has lots of the same problems as a regular fanfiction even though it's been published.
"But those aren't problems, maybe I like stories that have those things."
Okay, you like them. *That's* an opinion.
The FACT is that they're not very well-written (meaning they're not something any kid you find walking down the street/off google can't accomplish writing). Consider this: the majority of fanfictions are written by beginners. Is it a coincidence that it's the beginners who all write this way?
WHY do people grow out of it? COULD any of it possibly just be immature?
Here I have inserted some comments into the story to highlight what I found to be the most fanfi
How To Write A First Chapter We all know the importance of the first chapter. Of the first line. This is what draws your readers in, and even if they're going to fall off a 900 meter cliff you need to make sure they do not drop the book! Or in this case, computer, or even phone. What I do is I read the first paragraph of the piece, and skim along the pages. If it's boring? I put it down and move on. I bet literary agents are doing the same thing. If the first pages are good, (or in this case, first "part" or even chapter) then your reader will assume the rest of the story is good. But if they aren't, who's to say the rest of the story won't be the same way?How To Write A First Chapter in Reviews & Guides More Like This
In the first paragraph, do not have an "info dump"!!!! Just pilling all these back-stories and info straight from the beginning will bore your reader. Even if your character is living in some magical enchanting place where they can only do this and that and so on, do not tell them straight from the beginni
25 Ways to Keep Writing Talk about your projects - share your ideas, progress and problems with the people in your life25 Ways to Keep Writing 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
Writers' Notes - Battles and WarsWriters' Notes - Battles and Wars in Writing More Like This
While I have written a tutorial on fight scenes, I felt that it would be prudent to write one regarding wars and battles. After all a war or a battle is not just about how to fight.
When you are writing a war or battle first make sure you plan where it's going to take place. Land can be tricky, and it changes during a battle.
Image two giant armies amassing on a huge field. Infantry and cavalry alike, all decked in battle gear and heavy armour.
The pound of thousands of feet, man and horses alike. How do you think the ground will look? Grass torn and flattened, turned to mud especially if the weather turns and it begins to rain or sleet. Are there hills or mountains? Has one army taken a higher ground, dug a moat or added spikes of wood to protect their area?
Is there forests around them, have the trees been burned by one army to keep the other from using the wooded area as shelter? Has an army begun to p
Writing Notes - Killing charactersWriting Notes - Killing characters in Writing More Like This
Many writers state that they are very connected to their characters. This is not surprising, for writers we build worlds, we create people and animals and imbue them with a form of life. We let them live in our heads and think on them often.
Often I have day-dreamed into my written world, sat on a log watching my characters around the campfire swapping stories. I've seen them laughing, passing around skins of bad wine and spiced meats. I've seen them sink into sorrow at those they have lost, those they couldn't save. Whether any of this gets written is a different matter because it is all designed for me to learn more about my characters, so see them react.
We begin to know them intimately, their moods and habits and loves and fears. We can read their facial ticks and subtle body poses. So why wouldn't we become connected?
When you write stories especially long ones were you have a larger amount of time to learn about your characters and allow them to develop they do become something i
Writers Notes - DialogueWriters Notes - Dialogue in Writing More Like This
Dialogue is the speech between characters. It is when the narrator (you) stops telling the story and the characters speak instead.
Here's some pointers regarding dialogue writing:
Never write dialogue like real-life speech. Why? Because if you listen to real-life speech it is littered with umms and ahhs and errs. Anyone who has ever sat through a meeting or an assembly listening to someone droning on umming and ahhing will know just how frustrating it is. The last thing you want is to inflict that on your reader.
Real life also has moments where you completely forget what you're saying or get side tracked and run off on a tangent or get interrupted. Now all these things can be added to dialogue but in small amounts. We all know someone in life who constantly interrupts us when we talk, they can't wait for your part of the conversation to end so they talk over you. Fine, have a char
How Not to write a Mary SueHow Not to write a Mary Sue in Writing More Like This
How Not To Write A Mary Sue
So, what is a Mary Sue? It is used as a form of criticism in literature and refers to an idealised and somewhat "perfect" character that appears to have no flaws or if they do they are so limited that all the "perfect" characteristics overwhelm them making the character "flat." Mary sue often refers to a young female protagonist and male "Mary Sues" are often called "Larry Stu".
From my experience most Mary Sues are written in non-published works usually by young writers especially in fan-fiction. However there are a few Mary Sue writers who are actually published (sadly). It shows a deep lacking to create perfect characters unless it's done for satirical purposes.
So why should you avoid writing Mary Sues? Simple, perfect is boring!
We don't like perfect, we don't want perfect! Ask anyone in a relationship to list the positives traits, charms and idiosyncrasies of their partner and I guarantee at least one will be something that is weird, annoying, bizarre
Writers' Notes - Fight ScenesWriters' Notes - Fight Scenes in Writing More Like This
I have read enough books to find that fighting scenes can be difficult to write. Some of the novels I have read have had painful fighting scenes so this tutorial is an amalgamation of my thoughts on the best ways to do it.
First, let's break this down into aspects to think about:
Before writing fight scenes think about the characters involved. What are their skills, what are their ideas of fighting? Why are they doing so? Is it a sense of survival? Is it to show honour like a duel?
For example -
Does a peaceful man watch his brothers murdered in a slaughter by the king's men. Does he, in a rage, grab a fallen sword and defend the last of them. He holds no skill but the sheer fury at watching his peaceful world be shattered. Afterwards does he vow revenge and ride for the king's castle or retreat to the mountains to get over what he di
Writer Notes- Plot DevelopmentWriter Notes- Plot Development in Writing More Like This
Whether you are writing a novel or a short story it is best to have your MAIN PLOT before you get too much written down. The Main Plot is the singular thread that runs through the novel/story. You may have character ideas or scene ideas but eventually you need to think about a plot. Do this sooner rather than later.
The best way to do this is to list your main characters and then decide what are their individual main plots. Are they all on the same quest with the same ideas / goals or do some of them have their own goals?
To help show this, here's an example:
Eric To become knighted and serve his king
Vivian To destroy her former master before he can poison the kingdom
Luke To find his brother
Taldor The largest city
Maybe from this list you decide Vivian is the MAIN character and her story line is the driving force however each of the other three have story lines that need to be tol
Writers Notes - ResearchWriters Notes - Research in Writing More Like This
Firstly, my rule any writer worth their salt who WANTS to be published someday has a LARGE collection of reference books in their home or knows intricately the layout of the reference section in their local library.
If you want to be a professional writer, a published writer then you can't skimp on the research. So, unless you were born with a mass of knowledge on hundreds of subjects then you will need to read up on them. Not to mention things change especially in some subjects where improvements and developments replace original knowledge: for example Medicine, police procedures etc.
Do not think your readers are stupid. They are your second biggest critic (after yourself) and even loyal fans will be ready to point out flaws. Try and get passed any anger or frustration you feel if people point out your flaws. Take it as a positive step that they are trying to move your work forward (sometimes).
I read a novel once that described
The Wasteland AKA the MIDDLEThe Wasteland AKA the MIDDLE in Writing More Like This
The Trackless Wasteland known as: The MIDDLE
The middle (of a story) KILLS me. I freeze when I have to decide which way things are going to go, and how, and that happens during the middle for me.
Middle, middle, middle... It's the Slough of Despond!
The Middle is where I usually fizzle out.
The middle is DANGEROUS territory.
Why? Because the Middle of a story is where you have a million-and-one options, a million-and-one directions to choose from, and a million-and-one ways to really show off your writing skills.
The Middle is also, where you have a million-and-one opportunities to really screw up your story for good. Opportunities that will send you spiraling into ever tightening circles that eventually jam you into a corner you can't get out of. In short: get you Lost in your own story.
You KNOW yo
Plot Devices-Deus Ex Machina?Plot Devices-Deus Ex Machina? in Writing More Like This
Deus Ex Machina or Chekhov's Gun?
"What are your thoughts on Good Deus Ex Machinas? I find them hard to pull off realistically in a plot." -- Puzzled Writer
A Deus Ex Machina is when the Hero doesn't find the solution to the story's problem. The solution is handed to them, or taken care of, by someone or something far more powerful.
From TV Tropes:
A Deus Ex Machina is an outside force that solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in an extremely unlikely (and, usually, anticlimactic) way. If the secret documents are in Russian, one of the spies suddenly reveals that they learned the language. If the writers have just lost funding, a millionaire suddenly arrives, announces an interest in their movie, and offers all the finances they need to make it. If The Hero is dangling at the edge of a cliff with a villain stepping on his
Writing HORRORWriting HORROR in Writing More Like This
When writing a Horror story, one must begin with a Monster. The most terrifying of course, are the ones you don't notice, or refuse to notice. The ones right next to you.
"The most dangerous werewolves are the ones that are hairy on the inside."
-- A Company of Wolves
Making a MONSTER
Think, who are the people that walk right up to you every day and you let them?
Now imagine if one of them was a man-slaughtering or even man-eating Monster?
In reality, it happens all the time. They're known as Psychopaths.
Psychopaths cannot be understood in terms of antisocial rearing or development. They are simply morally depraved individuals who represent the "monsters" in our society. They are unstoppable and untreatable predators whose violence is planned, purposeful and emotionless.
RESEARCH is your Best FriendRESEARCH is your Best Friend in Writing More Like This
RESEARCH is your Best Friend.
"...for bigger fictions (maybe 10-20 chapters, or more) for a big fan fiction or OC fiction, how much do you plan out?" -- Wanna Rite Reel Gud
How much do I plan out for one of my novels...?
-- I detail everything. Seriously. I believe in a Total Immersion style of writing. In other words, I want to know the world so well, I can simply step into the mind and skin of my main character and LIVE the story.
How do I do that...?
I start with a basic plot formula and extrapolate on certain points as needed.
Romance needs extra doses of lover's angst, Gothics need psychological breakdowns, Horrors need room for monster attacks, Sci-Fi's and Fantasies need moments of wonder... This gives me a rough plot outline to work from.
Next, I break down each of the Three Main Characters: Hero/Ally/Villain.
This is to make sure that they a
Your Character TOO Special?Your Character TOO Special? in Writing More Like This
Is your Special Character
Are you indulging in a few too many "special traits"? Is your story really an excuse to show off your Super Special Character? Are you committing a MARY-SUE/GARY STUE?
--> Dead give-away: Your favorite character is YOU only BETTER!
Who is Mary Sue/Gary Stue?
According to SubReality.com:
"Mary Sue / Gary Stue is any original or deeply altered character who represents a slice of their creator's own ego; they are treasured by their creator but only rarely by anyone else. A Mary Sue/Gary Stue is a primadonna (usually, but not always badly-written,) who saps life and realism out of every other character around, taking over the plot and bending canon to serve their selfish purposes."
-- For more details:
The Mary Sue/Gary Stue "Self-Insertion" in Manga Fan-fiction:
According to A
Sentence Structure for FICTIONSentence Structure for FICTION in Writing More Like This
On Basic Sentence Structure for Fiction
(Grammar Nazis BEWARE!)
Everything I ever learned about writing Fiction DIDN'T come from school; not even college. In fact, the way one writes fiction is almost the complete opposite of everything I learned in school about writing.
In order to make my stories crystal clear in my readers' imaginations, I write in precise Chronological Order, in the order events actually happen, PLUS in the order that the eye sees it.
Case in point, when describing a character, I describe them from top to bottom, in the order that the eye notices them. Face, hair, upper body, arms, hands, then lower body, legs, feet, then over all impression.
ACTION Sequences - Plug+PlayACTION Sequences - Plug+Play in Writing More Like This
Writing ACTION Sequences
The Plug & Play Method
Lets begin with a Review...
The flash of pain exploded in my cheek from the slap her hand lashed out at me.
Why is this wrong?
If you were watching this scene as a movie, that sentence is NOT how you would have seen it happen.
Actual Sequence of events:
1) Her hand lashed out at me in a slap.
2) A flash of pain exploded in my cheek
ACTION Sequences = Chronological Order
REALITY = something happens to you and then you react.
Action > Reaction > Action > Reaction = Chronological order
FICTION = the Plot happens to the characters and then they react.
Action > Reaction > Action > Reaction = Chronological order
If you want the reader to SEE the actions that you are trying to portray, Chronological Order is the ONLY way to write that scene. In other words, if you visualize the characters doing something in a specific
Pesky Point of ViewPesky Point of View in Writing More Like This
DISCLAIMER: Before anyone starts screaming about this article not emphasizing the Creative aspect of writing, please understand that this information was hammered into my head by my editors. This is what I had to learn to see my work published.
That doesn't mean you have to follow it! As with all advice, feel free to take what you can use and throw out the rest.
Pesky Point of View
What is Point of View (POV)?
-- It's the view of the person telling the story.
First Person: I am telling the story.
Second Person. I am telling the story to YOU. (Diaries and letters are commonly written this way.)
Third Person: He is telling the story.
Close Third Person: He had no clue how he got roped into telling this story, but he was telling it, and by god, they better listen up!
Omniscient Distant POV: The camera's eye view. (No internal narration what so ever. You only know what the camera sees. This is the POV u
HOW do you make THE END?HOW do you make THE END? in Writing More Like This
"When will you make an end?"
- The Pope on the painting of the Sistine Chapel
"When I'm finished."
Okay, so you got this GREAT Idea for a story!
- This Great Idea...that births chapter after chaper...
- This Great Idea... that you can't seem to finish. (WTF?)
So what do you do now?
HOW do you make an End?
Fairytales and Myths were my foundational reading, so they became my base model for how a story should finish -- by ending where you began with a solution.
This doesn't mean ending a story in the location it started, or that full irrevocable transformations don't happen, but that the story ties the knot to the Emotional or Karmic place they began. -- The lost find their way, the wicked are punished, the weak become strong, monsters are faced, emotional hang-ups are dealt with, and problems are solved. What is begun - finishes.
-- Stories aren't just about characters Doing stuff, it's about cha
How To Write a Novel a MonthHow To Write a Novel a Month in Writing More Like This
So you want to write a novel in a month? Well its not impossible. Many great authors have done it, and you can too. Its hard at some points and might make you want to give up, but don't. It will be worth it to be able to tell your friends and family "I wrote a novel."
You are all probably familiar with Nanowrimo, right? If not, its a month where thousands of people try write a book within that time limit, but national writers month is not the only month where this can happen. However, if you are using November a a date to start, here is a quick guide to get ready:
Research, Research, Research!
So you know what time period you want to write in? Then research like crazy! Research clothes, vehicles, horses, weapons, anything and everything that could or might end up in your story. This way you can write confidently/help yourself fall better into the story. Trying to research is a quick way to end up surfing the web, so get all your research done
My Notes 1- FoodMy Notes 1- Food in Writing More Like This
My Notes #1-Food:
-Trencher bread was used as plates(four-day old brown bread, given to the poor latter on).
-Children could not have red meat or fruit(bad for health) but they could have milk.
-Nobility hunted year long(deer, boar, game birds)
-Richer houses enjoyed grated cheese mixed with herbs and eggs to make "herbolace"(a cross between scrambled eggs and an omelet).
-For a bed time or morning drink, they would sometimes have "Cauldles" (Egg yolks, honey, wine, and bread crumbs mixed and heated together).
-Swans and Peacocks were popular for banquet food.
-Most common people of Europe ate bread and pottage(a soupy stew sometimes with scraps of dried meat, bacon, or dried fish.).
-Country people baked bread, towns people bought it or paid the bread maker to cook their loaves in his oven.
-Meals of roast meat or fresh fish considered a novelty among peasants.
-Most houses possessed a herb garden for medicines or flavoring.
-Honey was used to sweeten
How to never get writers blockHow to never get writers block in Writing More Like This
1. Realize what you like, and write it down. Really, its as simple as that. All you have to do is, when you go "hey, I like this movie/show/book" break down as to why you like it and write it down. Even if you just like one scene in a movie, write it down; that way if you are ever stuck, just read the list over for inspiration. Here are a few examples:
100 Fantasy Prompts and Places100 Fantasy Prompts and Places in Writing More Like This
1. A magic item
2. A prince
3. A dog
5. A dragon
6. A snowstorm
7. A princess
8. A ghost
9. A fire
10. A lord
11. A sword
12. A secret
14. A letter
15. A lady
16. A thunderstorm
17. A sunny day
18. A knife
19. A pixie
24. A mystery
25. A kidnapping
26. A singer
27. A sickness
28. A murder
29. An artist
30. A thief
31. A feeling
34. A war
35. A massacre
37. The stars
38. A healer
39. A witch
40. A wizard
41. A close call
42. A loss
43. A monster
44. A treasured item
45. A job
46. A tradition
47. A family treasure
48. A sacrifice
49. A fire eater
50. A king
51. A queen
52. A friend
53. A fear
54. A peaceful moment
55. A potion
56. A surprise
59. A tense moment
60. A moral choice
61. An obstacle
62. A wound
63. A shoe maker
64. A blacksmith
65. A guild
66. Unclear motives
68. A Hunt
69. A disaster
70. A weakness
71. A strength
72. A d
Notes 2- HorsesNotes 2- Horses in Writing More Like This
My Notes #2: Horses and How They Act
-Horses generally run when scared
-Horses stay in the security of the herd
-Ears point in direction of attention. Horses should have one ear back at rider, one ear forward.
-Ears moving back and forth=Uncertainty.
-Ears pinned back=Anger or Fear
-Kinked Tail=Submissive Fear.
-Face: Long nose and tight mouth=anxiety and fear
-A wrinkled nose=Annoyance and Disgust
-Horses mouth flexes when learning something new, relaxes when it understands.
-A horse threatening to bite has an open mouth and maybe bared teeth.
-Pasture, hay and concentrates.
-A horses hooves grow continuously. Hooves need to be trimmed every month to keep them in proper shape.
-Hooves should be cleaned after riding
-Stalled horses need their hooves picked daily.
-Horses who work allot need to be shoes.
-Shoes need to be changed once a month.
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A tracker is something very common in stories, and can make up for an interesting character. A tracker could be a mysterious swordsman trained to hunt people down, a bandit who uses the skill to know where her next prey will be, or even just a farmer wanting to hunt his families next meal. Either way, if you are planning to write any of these, it is important that you write it right...otherwise modern day trackers might point out your flaws.
The tracking of both animals and humans are very similar, so here are the basics for tracking both:
1. Prints. This is the most obvious of tracking, but it is not always the most useful. If it is windy in the snow, raining really hard, or the person being tracked is walking on hard ground, than the prints might not always be there to track. If I remember correctly, then the softer the print(the more easy the dirt is to move around) than the fresher the print. For example, if a deer walked down a path early morning when the dew moistened
Tips for Writing Writers 1Tips for Writing Writers 1 in Writing More Like This
1. How to Make Great Characters
How do you create great characters? Well you have to make us sympathize with them; give us a reason to care when they are in danger. There are many ways of doing this, but here is just a few:
Help them stand out:
No they do not need to be a super hero or have the weirdest clothes, but it is good to have something that makes them...well...them! For an example you could have a cheerleader who practices kickboxing, a guy bad tough cop with poor people skills who has a kitten, or maybe the girl who is forced to be perfect by her parents has a secret comic book collection under her floorboards.
Habits are another way of making someone stand out. Someone could have a habit of blowing bubble gum bubbles, while another could touch a necklace or bite a lip when they are worried.
No one likes to read about a perfect character; that would just be boring. Instead make your character seem more human with flaws. You could make them scared
8 Ways to Help You Write Without Writing8 Ways to Help You Write Without Writing in Writing More Like This
1. Go for a Jog. No really, you should. Even though it is sort of built into the stereotype of writers that we should never get out-and let alone even think about being fit-perhaps it is time that you ignore that stereotype for the sake of your writing quality.
According to a study by journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, people who exercise regularly do far better on tests of creativity than those who do not exercise. More creativity means more writing ideas, so getting into shape and exercising regularly might just be the final ingredient in making your novels shine.
2. Unplug the Internet. In the famous words of an unknown writer, “'Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet,’ and it could not be more true. How often do you go on the internet for some research or to find a song, then suddenly find that an hour has past and you are suddenly on facebook or twitter without even knowing you did so?
There are two w
Tips for Writing Writers 2Tips for Writing Writers 2 in Writing More Like This
Step One: Coming Up With a Plot line
Ever wanted to write a story but have not known where to start? Or have you had to write one for class and been completely lost of words? Well than here is a few tips that might help you.
1. Think of one thing.
Just one simple thing. That thing could be a large final battle, it could be a dragon, or a clue to a murder, or even just a lamp glowing in an abandoned house. Whatever it is, once you have that one thing, you have to think of reasons why that one thing is so important. Maybe that lamp keeps the monsters of the house locked up for so long as it is on, maybe that dragon is stealing treasure from all the nearby kingdoms for the purpose of buying back her child, or maybe that clue is the murdered mans DNA that proves he never really died.
What ever that thing is, expand on it. Even if you just look around your house you might find it. Remove that "Oh, that's a stupid idea" mental block; in fact, blow up that bloc
Character Tips 2 - PersonalityCharacter Creation History and PersonalityCharacter Tips 2 - Personality in Other More Like This
So, you have the body of your character, but it's only the body. It has no life or personality yet. This will hopefully help to give it one.
Creating a history is not often fun or easy, but what has happened in your character's past will affect their personality. Of course, like with everything else, there are traps that you can fall into. Some things are horribly overused, it's not illegal to use them, but just keep in mind that they are really common. Whatever you do, don't have an overly sad past, and I don't mean that they can't be orphans, or be abused by a parent or partner, because it does happen in real life (sadly). Just don't have every single thing happen to them.
Example: "Growing up, Amy was never happy. She had been orphaned at the age of 5 in a car crash. She was soon adopted by a family who seemed nice at first but then they started to abuse her. She would cry herself to sleep every night bec
Story Writing - Tips and TricksStory Writing Tips and TricksStory Writing - Tips and Tricks in Other More Like This
So, you're either writing or want to write a story. Here is a list of tips and tricks that will help you on your way to achieving your goal.
1. Write Compelling Characters
Whether your character is human or not, your audience will want to read about a hero/heroine who acts like a real person. This means giving them a well rounded personality with a fairly equal amount of strengths and flaws. Having these flaws means that they have room to grow, or they could have a tragic flaw that becomes their downfall.
Example Tragic Flaw: John Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He is a compelling character with a tragic flaw, he has too much pride. In the end it leads to his death.
Make sure your character fits the setting too. If you are writing a story in a historical realistic setting, let's say 15th century Japan, your character should look Japanese. Research the fashion, the politics, the names and the mann
Character Tips 5 - DreamsCharacter Creation Dreams and FearsCharacter Tips 5 - Dreams in Other More Like This
Absolutely everybody has their dreams for the future and there isn't anybody alive who isn't afraid of something. Giving your character both dreams and fears will help to flesh out your character a little bit.
You probably have dreams for your future, so why shouldn't your character? They don't have to be huge, but it has to be possible to work towards them. Their dream could be to get the job they've always wanted. It could be to recover from an illness that they've had for a long time, or it could be as simple as to just find where they belong.
Whatever the goal is, there has to be something getting in the way. For example, my dream is to become a professional author, but I'm not comfortable showing what I've written to other people. It's the same for your character, achieving a dream shouldn't be so easy.
Of course, no one has just one goal in life, but they will always have one major one. That would be the one you woul
Avoiding Mary-SuesTips to Avoid Making Mary-SuesAvoiding Mary-Sues in Other More Like This
In this piece of writing, I will be giving you some tips on how to avoid Mary-Sues. I will be using some of my own characters as examples in here too.
Just one thing before I get started though, having only one thing apply to a character doesn't always make them an instant Mary-Sue (except for point 3 because no one is perfect).
1. Tragic Pasts
Tragic pasts are extremely common, you can pick up a lot of books and see that the main character has some kind of bad happening in their past. Some examples of tragic pasts can be orphaned in a car/plane crash, beaten, raped, stolen, enslaved, having alcoholic/drug addict parents, etcetera. There isn't anything to say that a character can't have a good past though, many people grow up in happy homes.
Now, Mary-Sues are likely to have at least more than one of those tragic happenings. They also tend to keep angsting about it too, making other characters take pity on them.
I must admit that I have char
Character Tips 3 - ClothingCharacter Creation ClothingCharacter Tips 3 - Clothing in Other More Like This
So, your character has a body, a life and a personality. The thing is, they're still naked! Well, this should solve their problem.
Before we decide on their clothes, we need to figure out what they actually do for a living. This is important because, apart from their personality, this will decide the type of clothing your character will wear. For example, a princess will wear a lot of fine dresses and have a lot of jewellery whereas a peasant will have patched up clothes and little to no jewellery. A business man will wear a suit to work whereas a person working on a construction site will wear jeans, steel toed boots, a shirt, a high vis. vest and a hard hat.
Basically, position in society and career will determine what your character usually wears.
How Personality Fits In
Appearance is influenced by your personality, not the other way around. For example, an outgoing person will more likely reveal more skin than a shy per
Character Tips 1 - AppearanceCreating Characters AppearanceCharacter Tips 1 - Appearance in Other More Like This
Here are a few tips to create the body of your new character. Appearance defines your character almost as much as personality. I hope something will be useful to you.
Is your character muscular? Tall and thin? Short and round? I think about body shape as basically height and weight. There are three basic body types that are also useful to know:
1) Ectomorph This is a delicate build. Pretty much tall and thin, there are more angles on these bodies than curves. Limbs and neck are also long and shoulders tend to be small. They often have a flat chest. Ectomorphs tend to have fast metabolisms.
2) Mesomorph A more athletic build. This type is more muscular. They have broad shoulders, a narrow waist and wide hips. This build gives women an hourglass type shape, with more curves than angles. Mesomorphs gain muscle easily.
3) Endomorph A rounder build. The abdominal area is more dominant with a high waist and n
Writing Tips - RulesWriting Tips RulesWriting Tips - Rules in Writing More Like This
Whether you are writing an original story or some fan fiction, there need to be rules to follow. As they are rules, they can't be broken.
When writing fan fiction, you are writing a story for a universe that somebody else has created. They have created the rules and they are there to be followed. You aren't sticking to canon if you break any of these rules.
Some examples: A Naruto fan character that has a thirteen-tailed beast sealed inside them is breaking canon rules since there isn't a thirteen-tailed beast anywhere in the story. There are only 13 squads in Bleach; a 14th squad appearing would break the rules set in place. In Animorphs, staying in a morph for more than two hours will trap the person as that animal and they can't change back unless they can touch the blue box again.
If you want to make sure that you don't break any of the rules, read the stories thoroughly. If there is a creature that is
Character Tips 4 - MagicCharacter Creation Magic and AbilitiesCharacter Tips 4 - Magic in Other More Like This
If you are creating a character for the fantasy genre, more often than not, they have some kind of magic. There are all kinds of magic, but some planning has to go into it.
How did they get it?
There are many ways your character could get their magic. It could be given to them by some higher power, it could be genetics, or they could use a magical item and have no real power of their own.
I'll start with genetics. If this is how your character got their power then somebody else in their family tree somewhere should have the same power. It wouldn't have to be in their immediate family since it could be recessive (just like I am a red head with green eyes whereas everyone else in my immediate family has brown hair and blue eyes, I take after my great-grandparents), it could skip a few generations before showing up again. Also, since magic is basically part of your character's genes in this type, they cannot gain both of their pa
Punctuating DialoguePunctuating Dialogue in Writing More Like This
For non-native English speakers and young readers: If you hover over a blue word, you'll see its definition.
Punctuating dialogue can be surprisingly difficult, even for people whose first language is English. It's one of the things that you see all the time in books, but you pay little attention to, and all your English teachers assume that you already know it. Sure, if you read a lot, you pick up the basics, but even then it can be difficult to unconsciously absorb all the rules. (Until 2012, I was making heinous mistakes with commas vs. periods. I'm still weeding out errors from my novel.)
Anyhow, for the sake of my fellow spirits who bemoan the lack of proper dialogue education, I've researched the subject and compiled this little guide. I hope that it answers your questions, and that it isn't too dull.
Note: I use American English. Other English-speaking countries may have slightly different rules.
Anatomy of Dialogue
I'm going to be using these term
Help! I have a Mary Sue!Help! I have a Mary Sue! in Writing More Like This
You know that you have a Mary Sue when she upsets the monochromatic color scheme of my Writer's Guides.
Mouse over blue text to see a note.
Internet communities often lash out at writers who create Mary Sues. Declaring the writing to be below their standards, they proceed to punish the creators. They mock the characters, verbally abuse the writers, and write hyperbolically about how much they wish the characters would die.
Bullying writers (who may be very young) is only going to make them afraid to write—and therefore improve—or share their work. Not only that, but it discourages other writers from speaking for fear of public mockery, and it may silence the voices that could someday become great.
If you've directly or indirectly suffered from the abuse of such individuals, let me first apologize on their behalf. I don't care if your story stinks so much that it can be smelled from fifty miles away; mocking you
Freewriting (+ Prompts)Freewriting (+ Prompts) in Writing More Like This
You're staring at a blank page with no ideas about where to go or how you're going to get there. The image is so familiar, it's cliché. Yet no matter how many times we write about it, sing about it, or think we've gotten rid of it, we always end up returning to that sheet of paper as empty as our minds.
If you're mid-story and wondering where to go, this guide is unlikely to help you. You may want to try "Beating the Block," which lists a few scene ideas. If you're a visual artist and came here by mistake, try the "Art Block Banisher."
However, if you just want to put something—anything—on that piece of paper, this guide is for you.
What is freewriting?
Return to your blank page there. I don't mean mentally, I mean physically. Pull out a pencil or place your cursor at the beginning of the page. Then do something that may surprise you: start writing.
But you have no
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Some bug of a mysterious nature decided to delete the resource text last January or so and I think the text is gone for good, so I'm re-writing it. This notice will be taken down when this is no longer considered a draft. (Yes, I'm letting you read my draft. Now you have insights into my evil mind...)
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Most girls are taught that there is a standard, all-encompassing way to take care of hair. You brush it every morning and don't pull the tangles too hard. When you wash it, you use a little bit of shampoo for the hair near your scalp, and a little bit of conditioner for the rest of it to minimize tangles. You should only blow-dry it, curl it, or straighten it on special occasions, because doing so damages your hair.
So we learn the rules and follow them, perhaps tweaking them here or there if necessary. It's just like Mom
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How to Write a [Near]-Fainting Experience
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You've probably all read books or seen movies in which a character passes out. The heroine might swoon gracefully and collapse onto the floor or into the hero's arms. People rush to bring water, a doctor, or something to revive her. She then wakes up, rosy-cheeked and a bit distressed, and she fans herself for a while while insisting that she is fine.
Fainting in real life is not nearly so beautiful. Authors, especially ones with no experience, can sometimes fall for such idealized descriptions. I am (un)fortunate enough to have experience in this area, so I will share it here.
Quick Losses of Consciousness
Usually this involves an impact or a sudden pain. The character may have no idea what happened to him or her afterwards, and later results vary depending on the severity of any injuries sustained.
Real-life example: My mom used to work as a waitress during her teenage years, and Aunt Jennifer, her
Nobody Loves My Character!Nobody Loves My Character! in Writing More Like This
On making characters lovable, in your story and online
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It's every writer's nightmare: your characters, after all the things you've put them through and all the months or years they've inhabited your head, have been eagerly displayed to the public and received an unenthusiastic response. Your audience has not been enchanted. They do not drool, fall hopelessly in love, or draw fan art in droves. They don't even pick favorite characters or whine for more information! You've failed. Nobody understands your characters. Nobody understands you.
...Wait a second. Try again?
Deviants who regularly post OC stories and art are lucky: their relationship with their audien
I Have Writer's Block!Don't panic. Don't bang your head against the wall. (All you get is a headache... trust me on that.) Writer's block requires a thoughtful, logical approach, so hating yourself will go nowhere.I Have Writer's Block! in Writing More Like This
The first thing we tend to do when we have writer's block is to leave the book. We close the file or notebook and say we'll get to it later. Well, sometimes that works, but sometimes we still haven't touched it a week later. Or a month later. At that point things get a little worrisome. That's why I've compiled this list.
1. Try taking a walk or bike ride. Sometimes you just need the time to yourself. I know you've probably heard this before, but that's because it works. Let your mind drift to your characters, and an idea may arrive.
2. Think about your book before you go to sleep. Sometimes you dream about it, which can provide ideas. Sometimes you figure out the answer to your writer's block before you fall asleep. (If you're like me, you'll grab the nearest Post-it, scribble down your ideas, a
Finding MotivationFinding Motivation in Writing More Like This
This article focuses on novels, but its advice can be applied to any long-term project.
Do you tell yourself that you're going to write and never do it? Do you keep talking about your book but leave it sitting at chapter 2 for five months straight? Is it difficult for you to sit down and actually write something?
Most people don't write because there are so many easier ways to spend their time. Their favorite show is on at eight. Oh, look, their friend just posted a bunch of photos online. Then they feel like baking cookies. And suddenly, a day that was supposed to be productive has been spent on TV, the internet, and food.
When I tell adults that I want to be a writer, around ten percent of them say, "Oh, I've always wanted to be a writer, too, but I simply haven't found the time to write that novel." And chances are, they haven't even drafted an outline. Why not? Something more pressing or interesting always seems to pop up.
Unless you make time for writing, you will be
Creating a New WorldCreating a New World in Writing More Like This
Please copy and paste this into a Word document or deviation. Then highlight the information after the colons and type over it.
Time/Era: Exact year or approximate time
Name of Country: For fun, you could alter the name of an old country to amuse more educated readers. For example, I altered the Assyrian Empire's name for a conquering people to evoke images of brutality and Mesopotamia.
Geography: Keep track of all the places you mention and their approximate locations. I find it handy to draw a rough map of the area.
Landscape: Trees, soil, water, buildings... Imagine you were flying over the place in an airplane. What would you see down below? (And no, you can't write "screaming people who have never seen airplanes before and think the apocalypse has come.")
Housing: How big are the houses that the people live in, and what are they made of? If they're members of a migrant tribe, what do they use for shelter, and how do they
I Dub Thee...I Dub Thee... in Writing More Like This
On the psychology and choosing of names
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Many authors struggle with names. After coming up with a character who perfectly fits his or her intended role, planning personality traits, clothing, hobbies, and physical descriptions, now you have to sum all of that character's being up in a name!
There is an incredible number of ways to choose a name. Often authors are baffled by the vast array of first names and surnames that could be given to a character, and it's almost impossible to start. Whether you're hoping for a name that could belong to any girl on a street or a fantasy warrior from planet Xyla, there are infinite ways of choosing a name.
The best way to find ordinary names is a list. Sometimes one might choose a name that actually means something, while other times one might hope for an ordinary name with little more meaning than "her mom liked it."
Where There's A Spark part 13"Those slagging glitch-mainframed idiots! They intentionally gave vague directions!"Where There's A Spark part 13 in Sci-Fi More Like This
Starscream flew in a tight circle over Detroit. The Autobots had agreed to a cease-fire, but insisted that any talk of a truce, an agreement, had to be done at their base. They had provided coordinates, but that wasn't much help in densely-packed Detroit. He couldn't tell which building concealed their base, which was sort of the point in the first place.
"Human - Skyler," Starscream corrected himself exasperatedly at her flare of resentment, "you've been to the Autobots' base and know what it looks like."
"Not from the outside! And why would I recognize it from the air?"
"Scared I'll drop you?" he sneered. "You can use my optics."
Skyler didn't answer, choosing to merely glare at the monitor bank.
Starscream sighed. "The sooner you locate their base, the sooner I can land."
Well, she couldn't argue with that logic. Skyler allowed her awareness to fuse with his
Where There's A Spark, There's A Way part 14Thank you to everyone who messaged me with questions, reviews, and concerns that I wouldn't continue! <3 It's really helped a rather severe case of Writers' Block. I do plan on finishing this work, even if it takes me awhile. I've had college courses to keep me busy as well as a more severe bout of depression and some family and medical problems. Now that I've worked those out, back to writing!Where There's A Spark, There's A Way part 14 in Sci-Fi More Like This
NOTE - Mild use of language.
Skyler was in a state of deep slumber when something nudged her into semi-wakefulness. What is it? she wondered fuzzily, somewhere between awake and asleep.
The nudge came again. Wake up, floated across her awareness. Don't want to, she replied, starting to drift off again. In answer something shook her roughly, accompanied by a growl, "Get up, fleshling."
Skyler cracked her eyes open to see Starscream staring impatiently at her, his grey faceplate creased into a frown with those blood-red optics fixed on her. "How lo
Where There's A Spark part 11A twisted sheet of metal smashed into the wall. Single optic whirring, Lugnut followed its path while observing his Leader with his lesser side optical sensors. His servomotors whined unhappily; he had never seen his glorious Master this angry, not even when that filthy traitor was revealed as the one responsible for sending the Decepticon Lord offline. The last fifty stellar cycles had been very hard for the stocky mech. He knew in his central processor that Megatron yet lived...when every other Decepticon thought their Leader gone for good. Fortunately he had been partnered with Blitzwing. The crazed triple-changer's reaction had been gratifying, despite that he, too, believed Megatron was lost to them; who cared about the identity of their replacement Leader? Such an insult to their Master had to be repaid first. Spilled Energon, crushed metal, broken Spark chambers; a response befitting their nobleWhere There's A Spark part 11 in Sci-Fi More Like This
Where There's A Spark part 12Skyler looked up when she heard a jet fly overhead. She immediately noticed the Decepticon insignia displayed prominently on the wings. Crap. This is just not my day. The wind created by the abrupt landing knocked her over.Where There's A Spark part 12 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Get in," Starscream growled, cockpit hatch sliding open.
"And hello to you, too," she muttered sarcastically, picking herself up and dusting off her jeans. Then, louder, "What the hell do you want now, Starscream?"
He hissed angrily, "You heard me the first time."
Skyler eyed him warily. There was no telling whether he was still angry about her earlier disobedience. Actually, there was; Starscream wouldn't forget that kind of insult easily. So it was a question of how mad he still was. "That I did. So I asked what it was you wanted."
"Don't argue with me, you stupid fleshling!"
"Insults are not the way to get me to do what you want!" she yelled. He can't follow in these narrow streets. She took on
Where There's A Spark part 2The door slid open, revealing a spacious room with two more openings. The cavern was empty, except for the lone Cybertronian-sized chair and table. A highly advanced computer system was connected to a giant monitor on the wall.Where There's A Spark part 2 in Sci-Fi More Like This
Starscream walked forward and sat down, placing the young woman on the table.
Skyler looked up. "What do you want from me?"
"I had planned to use you as a bargaining chip against the Autobots but circumstances have made that option undesirable." He scowled.
Not a hostage? He's gonna kill me! Skyler retreated until her back was pressed against the cave wall.
There was a blur and Starscream grabbed her again. "You're not going anywhere," he hissed.
It feels like my ribs are starting to crack! "No shit, Sherlock! I think I realized that already!" she snarled back.
His optics narrowed and Skyler wondered if she'd crossed the thin line that separated a living, breathing human and a bloody smear.
Instead of obliterating her, Starscream just s
Where There's A Spark part 10She really should be used to it by now, but the sight of a vehicle driving itself, as seen from the inside, was still freaky. Skyler refrained from commenting on the fact that Optimus stayed in his vehicle mode until the base's door was shut.Where There's A Spark part 10 in Sci-Fi More Like This
She trotted after the old ambulance into the med-bay. The scan was quick; it wasn't five minutes before they were back in the entry-way, rejoining Optimus Prime and Prowl.
When he saw Skyler glance around the room curiously, Ratchet said, "Bumblebee and Bulkhead are making sure Sari and Professor Sumdac make it back safely."
Skyler tried to keep her face neutral. She was immediately assuming the worst: safe from Starscream, or even Megatron. She wondered where this hostile feeling towards them was coming from. Well, I wasn't too fond of any of them before this and now that I kinda feel like I owe Starscream...Yeah, still not too fond of the Cybertronians. She shifted in place nervously. "You said you wanted to make sure
Where There's A Spark part 3Starscream was growing impatient. It's been several megacycles! Where is that human? There weren't any other openings to the cavern, so she couldn't have escaped.Where There's A Spark part 3 in Sci-Fi More Like This
He heard running footsteps and transformed just as Skyler skidded to a halt, gasping for air.
"Well," he growled, "didn't you find it?"
She shook her head, still panting and Starscream hissed, "Why not?"
Skyler looked up at the glowering Decepticon. "Meg - Megatron," she gasped.
In a different situation, she might have enjoyed the look of pure fear on Starscream's face, but if he was that afraid of Megatron, it did not bode well for her.
She suffered whiplash as Starscream grabbed her and jumped into the air, flying off still in robot mode. Skyler clung desperately to his hand, a single thought running through her mind over and over: Don'tdropmedon'tdropmepleasedon'tdropmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The cockpit hatch opened and she hauled herself in. After Starscream transformed, she sank into the seat gratefully.
Where There's A Spark part 1She felt a sharp pulse in her mind. Her former co-workers used to joke about her 'spider-sense' and how it warned her of dangerously malfunctioning robots. The last personal cleaning automaton she'd fixed had grabbed her blowtorch and attempted to set her head on fire. The advance notice was terribly unspecific and only warned a minute early at best, sometimes failing to work at all. Skyler set her burger back in the container and gazed around the outdoor cafe. While not packed, there were plenty of people around. A few families had young children and small robots to help take care of them. The worst they could do would be throwing children around. They can't be the problem, I'm only warned of danger to myself. It couldn't be a car collision; vehicles didn't have any artificial intelligence and so would be undetected by her 'radar.'Where There's A Spark part 1 in Sci-Fi More Like This
Suddenly the feeling returned, accompanied by a sensation of falling through the air. Danger from above! Two airborne vehicles shot by; one a
Where There's A Spark part 8"Prime...there's something we need to tell you."Where There's A Spark part 8 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"It's going to have to wait, Ratchet." The red and blue Autobot started to walk towards their base's exit door.
"No, it can't," Prowl stopped him.
"And does this have anything to do with why you think Starscream can be trusted?" Optimus asked, but went on before he got an answer, "This had better be important."
Ratchet folded his arms. "It is, Prime. When you were in the Academy, did you ever come across the term 'Spark Bond'?"
The Prime's optics narrowed in thought. "Yes. Once. But when I asked about it, I was told that it was part of a later stage in my training and that I should forget about it until then."
Bumblebee was confused. "So how come I've never even heard about this 'Spark Bond'?"
"Ultra Magnus ordered that it was not to be mentioned to anybot that hadn't already heard. He wanted it to fade from memory."
"There were some problems."
"What kind of problems?" Bulkhead wondered.
The aged m
Where There's A Spark part 5It had taken a lot of coaxing from her family to convince Skyler to leave the house. Wide-open spaces made her jittery, and combined with the...incident...she was quite twitchy.Where There's A Spark part 5 in Sci-Fi More Like This
It didn't help that Starscream bothered her from time to time. When he did say something, it was usually in the form of sarcastic comment or insult at something happening to or around her. Spike started calling her "butterfingers" because she tended to drop whatever she was holding at the time.
Eventually Skyler had had enough and snapped back. Starscream was amused and almost...disappointed...when that was the extent of her defiance. He wants me to resist! The only thing she could do was to ignore Starscream. It often worked; the Decepticon was deprived of a response and thus quickly grew bored of taunting her.
As Skyler got used to his oily voice, she was able to tell more often when he was listening in. But she still wasn't very good at it, which caused more than a few problems.
How to Make a VillainHow to Make a Villain.How to Make a Villain in Writing More Like This
Okay, keep in mind that everyone has their own way of going through characters, and villains especially are very much your own thing. You're going to have your favorite class, most likely, and you're often going to stick to it. (And sorry folks, this is an ACTUAL tutorial - there are enough joke ones out there already, funny as they may be.)
One thing to generally keep in mind, however, is the tragic past - avoid it. Seriously, people, nobody likes it when the villain gets whiny. Which isn't to say that they can't have a tragic past, but it's very easy to send it into whininess, or cliché. A bad boy villain character who keeps it all locked up inside really isn't any better. There are several options, though, I'll be listing only the ones I'm familiar with around here.
Classic villain - These have a lot of subclasses, and can range from stupid to serious, but they're basically the type you'll see in old movies. The evil scientists, or power
How to Introduce a CharacterThe classical Movie Introduction Sometimes, you get a hero. Not over time, but right at the start this is your hero. He's confident, he's suave, and he always packs his shaving cream. Somehow he always manages to get that beard just right, despite the fact that you've never seen him trim. Everything about him is admirable, and you just wanna follow him like a little puppy dog because that's how AWESOME he is.How to Introduce a Character in Writing More Like This
it might work, but you still shouldn't do it. It's one thing for movies, where you can simply follow someone's action across the screens. In books, you want the closeness that only seeing the character fall on their face time times just to get it right once will bring.
The stumbling introduction - sometimes, your character stumbles into the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or the right thing at the right time, perhaps, but if you want a good story you should probably make sure it ends up worse for them than it would have otherwise.
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Damsel DirectoryAlright, people, welcome to the Damsel Directory. At this point, if you've been following my guides, you know how to make your villain, pick your hero, and even the various types of TG and TF. Now it's time to Make a Maiden.Damsel Directory in Writing More Like This
Frankly, in this day and age, we've grown fairly acceptant of the fact that just because they're Damsels in Distress doesn't mean they're helpless - but that doesn't mean that you can simply split them into two groups, of the classic and the new. So here's just some of the types of Damsels you can use.
The Classic Damsel - we're all familiar with this one, I'm sure. If you're not, go read a fairy tail, or play the old Mario games so you can rescue Princess Peach from her tower of tallness, or whatever. Or you could just watch Fiona at the beginning of the Shrek movie, if you really want a more contemporary view. (The first one - she doesn't stay classic for long, thank god.))
Basically, this type of damsel just sits around and waits for her prince to come sav
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Believe it or not, there are actually many types of hero's in the world. If you didn't know this my GOD what have you been doing? Moves you to the front of the class immediately.
Assuming for the moment you do know, however, there's an entirely different challenge ahead - picking the right one for your story, video game, movie, or whatever the hell else you're trying.
The Classic Hero - You know them well. The do gooders that do no wrong, always save the day, and look good doing it. Great for cartoons, nooooooot so good for keeping an audience. Sorry, folks, their time has mostly come, and nobody wants to hear about them. They still have uses, though - you can do a kiddy thing, you can set them up as the well meaning, but eternally annoying, rival, or you can even make fun of them! Repeatedly! With pointy sticks! (Or, you know, you can put them in video games, where they're still alive and well! Just look at Mario.)
The Insane Hero - these can be s
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The classical random (there's always a classic.): This is the sort you see in just about any old RPG, or RPG comic, and probably most current ones as well that person or thing you randomly meet so you can be sent off in a random direction and never have to meet them again.
Yeah, it works well enough for games I suppose but I don't recommend it in a story get around it wherever possible. One thing I saw in the Wheel of Time books (by Robert Jordan) was having the rumors and such be heard OFFSCREEN, and delivered to the characters by someone they know. You still get your information, but without the useless extra faces.
The only real reason to put in someone random is for some bit of symbolism, as a general rule, so unless you wanna get real deep or are prepared for your readers wondering if the old farmer is actually a reference to an ancient Norse God you might wanna avoid the classics.