Monster GuideMonster GuideMore Like This
That's right, another guide. I've been meaning to do it, for a while, and dang it all, I'm going to!
The Classic Monster - As you've probably learned by now, there is almost always a classic. This one doesn't have to be good or bad, really, they just have to be hungry - for you. Or violent. Or anything else that will lead them to try to kill your main characters. Like all classics, they tend to be utterly flat, and of little interest - unless you invented the species, in which case they might have an awesome feature or too. You don't need to avoid this one, though! I wouldn't go around giving them major parts, mind you, but not every random monster that attacks your characters has to have a big long story. Sometimes they just want food, or the were artificially created to be excessively aggressive, or you stumbled across its nest and now it's territorial. As important as it is to realize depth is important, it's also necessary to remember that sometimes
Story Writing for BEGINNERSMore Like This
I want to write a story. I have a couple of ideas, but no idea what to do with them, or even how to begin! Help?!
-- Newbie Writer
So when you wanna write a story, where do you begin? With your PASSION!
Write what you KNOW & LOVE
What do you KNOW, really? What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Whether it's cave-diving, model trains, skate-boarding, sewing, horses, mythology, ghost legends, or particle physics your passion is where you will find your most unique and powerful work.
Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
Sticking with your passions and your personal experiences also helps you make fewer MISTAKES.
Case in point, someone who has never kissed isn't going to be able to write a kissing scene as well as someone who Has. Worst of all,
Writing Emotions VISUALLYMore Like This
Writing Emotions VISUALLY
"What is ...VISUAL writing?"
-- Visual writing is when the reader can SEE your story unfolding in their imaginations just like a movie.
* Non-visual: It was a dreary day.
* Visual: Icy rain slithered down the window glass from an iron gray sky.
This is more commonly known as SHOWING vs. TELLING.
* Telling: It was a dreary day.
* Showing: Icy rain slithered down the window glass from an iron gray sky.
"What's wrong with just...Telling them?"
-- The problem lays with Reader interpretation. Abstract (poetic) words and ideas rely on the readers' interpretation of what those words mean to them personally.
She was woefully depressed.
* How does Big Bird act when he's woefully depressed?
* How do Y
Internet Trolls and Slander...Hello everyone.More Like This
Well, this is pretty ironic. Remember my poll about cyber-bullying I posted some time ago? Well, right now I'm going through something like that. Cyber-bullying.
So, some person that I'm not going to name and who I don't know, ever met or even ever spoke to has been sending mass PM's to all my friends, watchers and all my club members lies and slander about me, and the sad this is, a lot of people for some reason fall for it. To some they send lies that my artwork is stolen, to some that I'm a hacker/script kiddy and to some that I'm a spammer bot spamming and exploiting bugs or holes in the system. And he encourages everyone to report me to dA staff.
Now, I have never done any of these things, so I'm really confident reporting me will do no good. But why do it? Why spread slander and lies about me? Please, people, I beg you, don't believe this person. He's just a person with 2 deviations and really low activity, so it's definitely someone's sockpuppet. Of course nobody